So why make books with children? Well...... you can:
- capture and record meaningful experiences
- demonstrate that you value their thoughts, ideas and abilities
- provide opportunities for children to express themselves
- provide a way for the child to use many fine motor skills
- provide thechild with many opportunities for problem solving
- all contribute to a shared effort
- A trip to the shops and what happens there.
- What the children do at the park.
- A special trip out to the zoo or farm.
- A favourite recipe.
- What we do during the day as a welcome book for new children.
- Once upon a time… stories
- Repetitive stories (I was walking down the road. Then I saw a….)
- Cumulative stories (On Monday I…On Tuesday I)
- Rhyme/Rhythm (change the words of songs and nursery rhymes )
- Opposites (In and Out; Up and Down)
- Counting Books
- Alphabet Books (My Food Alphabet, An Alphabet of Pets)
- Time Sequence (time of day, days of the week, months of the year)
I have so far bound my books very simply with ribbon or wool, but you don't have to make books that open in the traditional way; try this fold out version for an 'all about me' book.
This tactile book from http://www.alljoinin.net/ is absolutely stunning and would be such fun to make!
Another of Bea's creations "We Went for a Walk" is a golden idea too!
How about making a fabric book that represents you setting? This resource talks you through the process; a big time investment to be sure but worth the effort!
On a simpler note, I have found downloadable books to complete with the children that have worked very successfully as a collaborative effort that is well-used afterwards, a couple of examples are this 'sing a rainbow' colours book and a version of 'The Mitten'.
'Lapbooks' are popular with some home educating families; the idea is that a simple cardboard folder is adorned with many little 'books' containing information about a topic or theme that the children are learning about. This idea lends itself to a childminding setting beautifully as each child can make a little book at her/his level and add them together to make a collection. Find a big collection of 'folds' for lapbooks here and try some yourself!
I hope that you have found this inspiring and make some books yourself, please let me know how you get on!!