Finally a book & art project for the older children amongst us (inspired by A Mommy’s Adventure)! I made this with the neighbour’s son, who is 7yrs and loves drawing! I think you could do this with any child aged around 5yrs and over? Or make one yourself, for you child/ make one & let your child colour it in!
I recently came across James Riddell’s Animal Lore & Disorder and the sequel Hit or Myth: Family of Imaginary Beasts books (Amazon does have some, but they are pricey.. hunt them down in places like Ebay. Hit or Myth seems to be easier to get hold of!). My sister in law had them in German, though originally they are in English. This a “Mix & Match” book, where a page is cut in half and as you leaf through the top and bottom half of the images mismatch creating “funny creatures”. What, however, is BRILLIANT about this book, is not just the lovely drawings, BUT, that the animal names and the accompanying text ALSO mismatches… but in a way, that makes sense! This makes the book utterly hilarious! (e.g. The Penguin top & Panda bottom become a “Penda” -“[Penguin bit]This creature should be able to fly. But it can’t. It can however swim very well and [panda bit] it is very friendly and loves to be played with and cuddled”).
So… we took a look at the book to remind ourselves of the story (I gave a copy to my neighbours as a gift a little while back).
Then we got cracking! All you need is paper, scissors, pens and a stapler!
We cut the paper in half. We created two markers on the pages so we knew where “things began and ended” and then the 7yrs old got drawing. His work was so good, I quickly gave up as he put mine to shame!
Top tip: make sure you DO stay within the markers. Cut all sheets of paper at the same time, to make sure they are all the same size. Mark the Top with T or 1 and the Bottom with B or 2, so you don’t get the muddled. Key to this book is that the drawings all align perfectly!
We stapled a cover and back on, but you could bind with some ribbon to make it prettier!
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