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Lesson Plans

Re: I'm in a "bind"!

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Sun, 22 Feb 1998 18:03:17 EST

Two easy easy kinds of books to make with young kids:
1. Concertina or accordian book - One long sheet of paper (4"x18" would work),
folded in half and then each end to middle, then each section folded in half
again. Reverse some fods so it goes in and out on opposite folds. Can be used
as is (room to decorate on both sides) or with construction paper ends (cut a
bit bigger than the end dimension). If you use a folded piece of paper for the
long strip, you can add doors and windows and pop-ups. Try a simple one with a
piece of copy paper folded in half the long way.
2. Rubber band binding- Cut pages all the same size, cover too. Fold in half
and interleaf like a "real" book. With paper punch, punch two holes with
papers folded, about 3" apart in the middle. Thread a rubber band through the
two holes and secure with a pencil or twig on the front side. This also works
great with paper bags (the little brown lunch size), each facing the opposit
way. The open ends can be used for secret messages, letters, etc.

I just got a book called A Century of Book Artists at the MOMA in NY which
lists these artists as bookmakers: Gaugin, Picasso, Touluose-Lautrec, Pierre
Bonnard, Andre Derain, Matisse, Dali, Sonia Delaunay-Terk, Chagall, Ernst,
DuChamps, Matta, Grace Hartigan, Jasper Johns, Barbara Kruger, David Hockney
and more!