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Think 3-D: Make a pop-up book

How you can help at home: In this activity your child makes a creative book to write a story in.

By Miriam Myers , GreatSchools Staff

This book is fun to make and will encourage your child's writing and artistic skills.

What you'll need

  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Crayons, markers or colored pencils
  • Glue stick
  • Writing utensil
  • Ruler

How to do it

Have your child write a story or use a story he has already written to transfer to this pop-up book. You can also have your child write sentences to describe the pictures he creates on the pages. Younger children can make one pop-up page and write a word or a sentence to describe the pop-up image. You can make the pop-up pages ahead of time or have your child make them with your guidance.

These step-by-step directions include drawings to help you and your child.

To make the pages:

  1. Fold the construction paper in half horizontally.
  2. In the center of the folded edge cut two parallel slits about two inches long to make a tab.
  3. Open the paper and gently pull the tab forward.
  4. Use a ruler and a pencil to draw lines in front of the tab where the text will be written.
  5. Have your child write the text for his story on the lines.
  6. Have your child decorate the background of the page behind the tab.
  7. On a separate piece of paper have your child draw a picture and then cut it out and glue it onto the tab.
  8. To add more pages glue the bottom of one page to the top of another. Be careful not to put glue on the pop-up tabs.
  9. Make the book cover by folding a larger sized piece of construction paper over the pop-up pages and glue it to the end pages.
  10. Decorate the cover and write the title, and the author and illustrator of the story.

Extensions

Add more than one tab to the page to have more illustrations pop out! Make pop-up cards and send them as thank you cards, invitations or birthday cards.

Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

02/7/2012:
"Pictures would have helped tremendously! "
10/3/2011:
"Not for childrens!!! "
07/21/2009:
"it's better if you placed some pictures...... but........thanks!!!! "
04/24/2009:
"im with her cause the children need to kno and if they are doing it wrong or see like'o0o0'its needs to look like this but thanks=)"
04/20/2009:
"hey i think that people would like it better if u had pictures showing all the kids how to do the steps."
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