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Friday, February 22, 2013

3-D Children's Book

Make your childrens' books come alive by making them 3-D!  We buy a lot of books at the thrift store and Goodwill.  When you purchase a book for ten cents it doesn't really matter how you use it or destory it!  Books expose kids to ideas, people, places, and animals they often wouldn't have the chance to experience.  Being able to read is so important to child development and success in school!  Dive into your books, manipulate them, let the book take your child on all sorts of adventures.  You will notice that your "3-D" books will take your children on adventures that the author didn't intend or even imagine!

This is what we did:

  1. I cut out animals from the a book.  (This particular book was all about horses)
  2. I cut strips of cardboard from our recycling bin.
  3. Little Guy glued the strips to the back of our pictures.
  4. I folded the cardboard to make the animals stand.
  5. We used the animals to pretend, talk about animal sounds, sorted smallest-largest, etc.
Little Guy ended up pretending all the animals wanted to go to the zoo.  But, when they got there, the gate was locked.  All the animals were so sad.  He also tried to feed them grass (cut up cardboard) from his hands.  We got to talk about why the animals were sad and what they could do so that they'd be happy again!  I LOVE spending special time with my boys.

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