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Make a Story Book

15 Jan 2020

This 1st February we celebrate National Story Telling Week! It takes takes place in storytelling clubs, theatres, museums, schools, hospitals, spoken word venues, and care homes (where this event has been steadily growing each year!) Where ever the events take place, the web of stories will be spun with sufficient magic between the breath of the teller and the ear of the listener.

National Storytelling Week is celebrated by all ages enjoying- Folk tales, fairy lore, figments, phantoms, dragons, serpents, storms at sea. A good teller will conjure intriguingly.

Why not book a story session at The Mug Tug at Barton Marina, held on Fridays you and your little one can listen to a story and paint a pot? Visit: www.themugtug.co.uk to book!

You could also encourage your child’s creative side by encouraging them to tell you a story, that you could then turn into your own book together. Here’s how to make a simple storybook.

MAKE A STORYBOOK

You will need: Cardboard Glue Fabric / large sheets of patterned or plain paper A4 plain white office paper Stapler

What to do: • Take some plain A4 paper and fold in half. Use as many sheets as you would like your book to have. Remember, 1 sheet will be 4 pages of your book. • Staple on the crease to hold them together, these will form the pages of your book. (You now have your inside pages). • Take your cardboard and cut out two rectangles a few milimeters larger than your book pages, these will be the front and back of your book. • Cut a smaller strip of card approximately 5mm wide and the same length as your front and back card, this will make your book’s spine. • Lay out your larger sheet of paper (plain if you wish to draw on the cover) or fabric and place your cover, spine and back card onto the wrong side spacing approximately 5mm apart. See picture for guidance. • Make sure to leave approximately 3cm extra around the edges and cut to size. • Glue your card pieces in place and then fold the extra paper or fabric up over the edges and glue them down making neat corners. You now have your cover. • Coat the outside of the first and last pages of your plain inner pages with glue and stick down flat onto the inside of your book cover. Wait to dry. • You now have a blank storybook that you can fill with stories. Be sure to leave lots of space for your child to illustrate their story with pictures. • If your child is learning to write, you could write the words down lightly in pencil for them to trace over with a marker pen, helping their penmanship!

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