Writers create the just-right words and sentences on a page to tell a story.
Illustrators and artists create just right pictures and art to enhance and tell a story.
Creating is powerful and allows writers to see themselves and reflect on their writing.
Time to create.
Gather together the following suggested supplies:
- Scrapbook paper, and/or card stock (various sizes)
- Crayons or felt-tip markers
- Paper cutter or scissors
- Glue stick or hot glue gun (optional)
- Folding tool (optional) or ruler
Additional supply ideas:
- Magazine photos
- Discarded book pages
- Colored pencils
- Acrylic paints
- Wrapping paper or construction paper
- Rubber bands
For step-by-step folding and cutting instructions, read this post on This Little Project: http://www.thislittleproject.com/2009/02/how-to-make-book-from-one-piece-of.html to make an accordion-style mini-book. All you need is one sheet of paper of any size. I created mine with an 8 1/2 X 11 piece of card stock.
Another creative idea with one sheet of paper is shown here:
For additional ideas check this video on Red Ted Art.
To make a mini-journal use one sheet of scrapbook paper, 8 1/2 X 11, for the cover. Cut the paper in half length-wised. Then cut five sheets of white paper also in half length-wised. This is for the inside pages of the journal. This equals a total of ten pages. Next fold the cover page and journal pages in half. I bound the journal together with small rubber bands. A long-arm stapler could be used. Decorate the cover. Begin writing a story and illustrating.
A Storytelling Box
Fill a small box with various trinkets. A small paper or cloth bag an be used instead of a box. Create and write an imaginative story as you refer to each item. Write the story in your mini-book.
A Book Recommendation
For many more creative ideas to write, create, and tell a story, read:
Show Me a Story 40 Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children’s Storytelling
Written by Emily K. Neuburger
Storely Publishing, 2012
I read. I write. I create.
Consider creating and writing a mini book, mini journal, and a storytelling box with kids. Share and read your story with students during classroom visit, (or via Zoom) readers, writers, and creators. Encourage children to share and read their creations and stories.
These creations make great handcrafted gifts for family, friends, and writerly friends.
Hopefully, this creative approach give you motivation and confidence to use with your writing projects.