HOW TO DO IT
Children love to think about what they will be one day. You can turn their curiosity into a wonderful learning project that can be added to as they grow.
- Start by having them make a list of occupations that they think are “cool."
- Bring out a stack of old magazines and ask them to find and cut out pictures of people working in these occupations.
- Set these aside and help your child make the “What Will I Be” Book (see instructions below).
- Once the book has been made you and your child can begin to fill it with the pictures that you cut out.
- Glue one picture to each page. Have your child write the job the person is doing next to the picture and ask them to write a few sentences about why they might want to be that person one day.
- Encourage older children to research each chosen job to find out the kinds of things they would need to learn or what kind of formal education they would need before assuming that profession.
WHAT YOU NEED
- 1/8-inch thick poster board
- Two different colors of decorative paper
- Utility knife
- Hole punch
- 1-inch thick ribbon or decorative twine
- 5-8 sheets of white card stock
- 1 1/2-inch thick plastic tape
- Flat glue paste
- Wax paper
- Paint pen
HOW TO DO IT
- Print out the templates. Book Cover Template. Book Pages Template.
- Cut out two 9 x 6 1/2 inch rectangles from 1/8 inch thick poster board.
- Cut four 9 x 6 1/2 inch pieces of decorative paper. Choose two different contrasting colors and cut two of each (see image for color suggestion)
- Using a paintbrush, apply a thin coat of glue paste to each side of the poster board and adhere the decorative papers to each side. Use one decorative paper for what will be the outside cover and the contrasting paper for the inside cover.
- Cut four sheets of wax paper. Place one sheet of wax paper on a smooth surface, then place one board on top of this wax paper. Cover with an additional sheet of wax paper. Repeat this step with the other board finishing with the wax paper. Place heavy books on top of this stack to help the book covers dry flat. Let stand overnight.
- Cut 2 inches off the narrow end of one of the boards. This will be your front cover and spine (see template).
- Lay the cover and spine side by side with 1/4 inch space between them.
- Cut a 9 inch strip of 1 1/2 inch wide opaque plastic tape (it comes in a variety of colors).
- Place the strip of tape along the 1/4 inch space between the spine and cover of the book leaving a 1 inch overlap of tape on the top and bottom. Secure this overlap to the other side of the cover and spine.
- Cut another piece of tape to measure about 6 inches and place this in the same manner to the back of the spine and cover.
- It is very important that you maintain the 1/4 inch space when applying the tape. This gap will help your book to open and close easily.
- Punch two holes through the spine in the book where indicated on the template.
- (PARENTS ONLY) Cut out the window on the front cover, where indicated on the template.
- Cut out several interior pages from white card stock using the template. Punch holes in the pages where indicated on the template.
- Place pages between both covers, lining up the holes in the spine and pages.
- Cut a piece of colorful ribbon or twine about 8-10 inches long and thread through the holes. Tie it off in a bow in the front.
- With a paint pen, write: "What Will I Be?," as well as possible occupations across the front cover.
- Have your child fill it with pictures and descriptions of what they would like to be when they grow up. Be sure to draw or pick a special picture to show through the window of the front cover.
Making this book is a great craft project, but you can also purchase a ready-made scrapbook from a stationery or craft store and fill its pages with pictures and drawings.
FOLLOW UP FUN
After you and your kids have completed the "What Will I Be?" Book, choose one or two professions they are most interested in and take them to see these people at work. For example:
- Visit your local fire station. Many fire stations have visiting days where the children can talk to the firemen and take a ride on the fire truck.
- If your child is interested in becoming an airline pilot, go to your local airport to watch as airplanes large and small take off and land. Air shows are a wonderful experience for a budding aviator; there they will get an opportunity to climb aboard many different aircraft and actually sit in the pilot's seat!
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