A Fun Craft for Kids: Alphabet Books

29 Apr 2009

alphabet-books

I thought I'd share a little project I just finished teaching in the local libraries to parents and young children. These Alphabet Books are a nice afternoon craft that doubles as a learning tool.

The construction couldn't be simpler. First, we took a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 copier paper and made it into a small 8-page booklet. You can see a great video on how to do this at Pocket Mod (scroll down on that link).

(While you're there, make yourself some Pocket Mods! They're awesome! But I digress....)

Anyway, after you've folded up the interior pages, you can staple them into a pretty cover you've cut from scrapbook paper. I printed some great big letters from my computer so folks could cut them out and glue them to the covers. For the one-hour class, we made three books: A, B, and C. But over time, you could work your way through the whole alphabet.

With the books made, the fun really begins. I gave the parents and kids a pile of old magazines. The kids looked through and found pictures of things that started with the letters on those book covers. Then they could cut the pictures out and paste them into their books.

The kids in my classes seemed to get a huge kick out of finding pictures in "grown up" magazines, and connecting them with letters. There were cries of: "Look, Mommy! There's a car! That starts with C!"

The kids often got tired of cutting things out, so the parents would handle that job, letting the kids paste the cut-outs into their books. Some kids even made up stories from their new picture books. Eight pages seemed like just enough for attention spans, too.

If you give this a try with your little ones, I'd love to hear how it went!

Comments

Very fun! Great project for my kiddos.


i love seeing what happened to those magazines. yay!


Pocket Mods *are* awesome! Your alphabet book is an awesome project, too. So fun!


Bookmarked for when mine are a bit older. This looks fantastic!


What a great idea! This would be a wonderful idea for homeschoolers too!


I love this!
I work at a preschool and the next few weeks were are reviewing the alphabet and this would be a great project to do...thanks!


I love this! I think I may start doing it with my kids!


This is a great project indeed! I made books like these with four kids at home after finding the pocketmod site a while back too. We just did freestyle draw, paste whatever you like in them though. I love the idea of building an alphabet library of books, and we're aproaching the ages where I can start doing phonics ones too. Imagining a library full of kids doing this is making me smile. Fab!


Cute idea. I love when kids look through 'grownup' magazines, they always spy the funniest things.


LOVE this! I'm linking up. Visit tomorrow to see at www.onthelap.org Thanks for sharing.


Bookmarked for when mine are a bit older. This looks fantastic!


Pocket Mods *are* awesome! Your alphabet book is an awesome project, too. So fun!


This is a great project indeed! I made books like these with four kids at home after finding the pocketmod site a while back too. We just did freestyle draw, paste whatever you like in them though. I love the idea of building an alphabet library of books, and we're aproaching the ages where I can start doing phonics ones too. Imagining a library full of kids doing this is making me smile. Fab!


Cute idea. I love when kids look through 'grownup' magazines, they always spy the funniest things.


i love seeing what happened to those magazines. yay!


What a great idea! This would be a wonderful idea for homeschoolers too!


Very fun! Great project for my kiddos.


I love this!
I work at a preschool and the next few weeks were are reviewing the alphabet and this would be a great project to do...thanks!


I love this! I think I may start doing it with my kids!


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