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“I love finding opportunities to get my girls excited about learning and using the skills they’ve learned. What better way to do that than to help them write, illustrate, and publish their own storybook?!
Here’s what you need to make one of your own:
– crayons or pencil crayons
– a scanner
-FREE photo book promo!
We started by getting Talia (my 5 year old) to draw pictures from her favorite fairy tales (we fit 3 stories in one photobook). I love that the finished book has the added bonus of preserving some of her artwork- I love looking at it!
Check out this awesome wicked witch:
Next I scanned the drawings and saved them as JPEG files.
I opened a word document & had Talia dictate the stories to me.
Make sure you type it in their own words because they can be pretty hilarious.
Here’s Talia’s idea of how long it took Aurora to grow up:
Next, hop online and find your favorite photo book publisher (or whichever one is offering the best deal at the time 😉 and create your storybook!
I used a photo of her for the cover of the book.
I also made sure to officially name her as author & illustrator.
We included a Table of Contents
I found some clipart online of a shoe, a spinning wheel, and an apple for the title pages for each story.
All that’s left now is the most important page of the book: “About the Author”. I included a few notes about Talia & the things she likes at this age. We’re always reading the “About the Author” sections in books we read and now she has her very own!
If you’re going to do a long book or collection of stories like we did, I suggest you give them a couple of days to work on their artwork so that they don’t get sick of it- we did this over a few days which worked pretty well.
It was a fun project to work on together & it’s a proud item for her to share with anyone who comes to visit- I hope you’ll give it a try with your kids!”
Didn’t I tell you it was good? Is your head spinning with the possibilities? Let’s learn more about the talent behind the idea…
My name is Heather and I’m excited to be with you today! I’m Mommy to 2 cute little girls and I blog about fun things parents can do with and for their children. (Here’s a photo of me with my girls- it’s a bit old- the little one can do pigtails now 😉
5 Fun Facts:
1. I met my husband (Ken) when we were 14 years old.
He’s the only boy I’ve ever kissed (5 years after we met).
2. The first CD I ever bought was Hanson. I know a lot of those songs really really well. You remember them, don’t you? Mmmbop..badoobeedop-ba-doo-wop… *ahem*
3. I’m kind of accident prone. I don’t know what it is- I just tend to walk into things and bash myself quite often. Unfortunately, this transfers to my husband (I often ‘whack’ him too- but not on purpose!) He thinks I’m uncoordinated… psh!
4. The first time I went to a driving range, I broke the head off of the golf club I was using …okay maybe I’m a little uncoordinated.
5. I love photography as an artform and as a way to capture and keep memories close. Also cheesecake. 😉
Super Hero Power Wanted:
If I could choose a superhero power I would definitely have camera eyes. I’d be able to just blink and take a picture so that I wouldn’t have to take the time to grab my camera. My husband says I’d probably need a place in my head to insert a memory card but I’m sure it could be done wirelessly 😉
If you liked this post, come on over & see what else we’re up to at my blog, Raising Memories. I’d love to see you there!”
Heather, thank you for sharing your talent with us! I am also jumping on your super hero power bandwagon, that is genius.
My little preschooler is going to LOVE making her own fairy tale. I’ve heard of preserving kids’ art this way, but I LOVE your idea to have stories in their own words with it.
You have THE most magical ideas of fun things to do with your kids! I have spent WAY too much time on your blog…and loving every minute.:) Go check it out, and be prepared to spend some time, your kids will thank you.
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