Guest Post - Making an Elephant Fact Booklet

 


My kids have always enjoyed making (and then keeping) little folding booklets, so when I spotted the Elephant Fact vs Fiction page and the Elephant Cut Outs (see below) I immediately wondered if we could turn them into an elephant folding booklet.

We started by sorting out the fact vs fiction blocks into the blocks that we thought were facts.

Cutting out the facts for our elephant fact booklet
Cutting out the facts for our elephant fact booklet

We made a few changes! We turned one of the fiction blocks into fact, and added in an extra detail to another block.

We made some changes!
We made some changes!

You could ask the kids to create their own additional blocks with any other facts that they have discovered.

I then printed out the adult elephant image.  I chose to print one colourful image for the front cover and one black and white image for the back to save ink.

Cutting out a front and back cover
Cutting out a front and back cover

You could also get the kids to colour in one of the black and white images. My son painted this one using some watercolour paints but he decided that he wanted to use it for an elephant painting project.

My son's watercolour elephant - he used it in another project
My son's watercolour elephant - he used it in another project

Then we stuck the first block onto the elephant back cover and folded the other blocks so they could work as flaps.

Folding the fact blocks, ready for attaching
Folding the fact blocks, ready for attaching

And we stuck the flaps down.  Our flaps are not perfectly aligned but really they don’t need to be and we were more concerned with making sure we could read all the fact blocks than checking to make sure everything lined up perfectly.

All the fact block "flaps" stuck down
All the fact block "flaps" stuck down

Once we had stuck our flaps we added our front cover. We thought of adding the front cover so that he flap lifted up, attaching it at the top, but after a bit of a chat we went with it opening sideways.

Should we attach the front cover at the top?
Should we attach the front cover at the top? No...

We decided to attach the front cover from the side
We decided to attach the front cover from the side

And there you have it! A folding elephant fact booklet! Something fun for the kids to keep.

Our completed elephant fact booklet...
Our completed elephant fact booklet...

... with all our elephant facts inside!
... with all our elephant facts inside!

Making an Elephant Fact Booklet

This lovely butterfly painting comes from Shelly, a home educating parent of two children aged 10 and 12. She blogs at ofamily learning together where she shares ideas on the different learning activities that they do including lots of hand-on maths, arts and crafts and anything else that is part of their home educating lifestyle.

 

Making an Elephant Fact Booklet
Wednesday, 10th August 2022

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