While buying books is always fun, something that your child may enjoy even more is creating their own book. Writing their own story and with your help creating a book of their own is a treat that they can enjoy any time of the year and is a wonderful way for you and your child to spend time together. They even make great gifts for other family members.
First, gather all the items that your child will need such as paper, pencil, construction paper, scissors, a paper hole punch, colored string and crayons. Encourage your child to write out their own story about whatever they wish using the paper and the pencil. Once your child’s story is complete, have them cut out the shape of their book in their favorite color of construction paper. Help them when necessary, with cutting. After their construction paper cover is cut out, cut the paper the story is on to fit the cover, making sure that you don’t cut into or cut out any of the story.
Have them write the title of the story on a blank sheet of paper that’s cut to fit, write their name and the date. This will be the title page. With the Crayons have them illustrate the cover and if there is any room on the pages, draw pictures illustrating their story. Make sure to remember to have them write the story’s title on the cover! After the illustrating is complete, line up the front cover and the back with the pages of the story inside.
Punch at least 3 holes in the side of the entire book. Using the Colored thread(or yarn) measure out how long they want it to be, cut the string and then thread the string through each hole. Tie in a bow, or just in a knot, to hold the story together. and Viola! Your child(with your help of course) has just created a book!