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Greetings, Little New-Yorkers! Especially when we’re spending a lot of time indoors, books can offer us so much: a special treat, a comforting hug, a gateway to new worlds and feelings. This week we are exploring an Oliver Jeffers’ classic, The Incredible Book-Eating Boy! And yes, you read that correctly; Henry doesn’t just read books, he devours them (literally). Join us and find out if he discovers a better way to learn new things. Afterward, create your own simple and delicious pop-up book!
Follow along with this post to create with us at home and don’t forget to join us live every Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 pm where we sing a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, do silly stretches and exercises, and read a storybook, all from the comfort of your living room.
- Printed book and characters template (Print Template 1, Print Template 2)
- Glue stick or tape
- Something to draw with: colored pencils, markers, crayons
*A note on supplies: If you don’t have exactly the supplies listed, improvise! These projects are designed to be versatile, so feel free to use whatever materials and tools you have at home. And if your final product looks different than what you see here, that’s wonderful!
STEP 1: Color in your book cover and characters
First, think about what kind of story you’re going to tell. Which characters will you include and how will they interact? We decided to create a story about a child who woke up one day and could communicate with all the animals in the world! In any language! We colored in our creatures and boy accordingly to match our fantasy tale.
STEP 2: Cut out characters
Using scissors, carefully cut out your characters and think about how you’re going to incorporate them into the story.
STEP 3: Cut out pop-up
With your book cover folded in half, cut along the lines in the middle. Then, open your book and refold the new tab so that it folds in the opposite direction, creating a special pop-up inside!
STEP 4: Write a story and design the inside
Write your story inside or add pictures of your own to accompany your pop-up and additional characters. To make a character really stand out, glue or tape them to the pop-up tab and watch as they come to life when you open and close your book!
STEP 5: Read and share!
Share your story with your grownups, your friends, and shout it from the rooftops! You’ve created your own incredible pop-up book–delicious!
If you can’t get enough of pop-ups, create another book or a card for a loved one with as many pop-up tabs as you can fit using the methods outlined above.
We hope you enjoy this activity! Share your creations in the comments below and during our online sessions of Little New Yorkers @ Home Tuesdays and Fridays at 3:30 pm. See you then!
By Olivia Sweet