For her start in a new room at preschool, Jumpy (3 years 10 months) had to put together a homemade book in the shape of a small ‘About Me’ leaflet that her new key worker would use to get to know her. She would also use it to start conversations about our family, Jumpy’s favourite things to do or her special toys. If Jumpy gets sad when away from home, she will also have this special little book to cheer her up and show her friends. It will always be at hand, a nice link from home when she is at school. I love this idea. Not only putting it together made us sit down quietly to reflect on things that really matter to her at this point in time, but she also drew her own self portrait and chose the photos she wanted to put there. I often think back of the good moments and write about them on the blog, but the summer holidays spent offline made me realise we had less and less memories on paper. I print less and less photos, I stopped writing my paper diary when I started my monthly family updates and I miss leafing through photo albums and journals. I thought it would be a good idea for my ‘big’ children to put together a book all about their summer. I did not fancy a full-on summer work schedule for them, but I still wanted their little brains to keep ticking a bit so from time to time. They gathered their thoughts and put together a few pages about special days out. For some of our memories, we had kept entrance tickets, maps etc. so we used the materials as a starting point and the children wrote quite a bit. Each page had a different focus, loosely linked to the targets the children were given by their teachers at the end of last academic year. For example, Crevette (8 years 1 month) focused on “a variety of sentence structures within a paragraph” and I helped him with spellings so his aim was to make his writing interesting and to be creative with the types of structures used, not worrying about how words were spelt. As for Beanie (5 years 11 months), as I was spelling words for her, she instructed me I did not have to help her with easy spellings, and said she would ask when she needed help (gosh I love her confidence!). For other pages, I printed a few photos from our summer and they focused on those to create pretty pages. I had no paper at home so I printed quite a few photos on light coloured card, and we used our shiny new paper trimmer from Fellowes to cut them. Until now, I had a small paper trimmer I bought for scrapbooking 10 years or so ago, but I found it rather dangerous for the children to use, with its sharp blade and unsafe way to operate. The paper also had a tendency to move as you were cutting, annoyingly ruining some of my projects. Our SafeCut™ Electron Rotary™ Paper Trimmer solves all these issues. First and foremost, I can change the cutting cartridge without touching the blades, and the LED guide on the trimmer really helped Crevette (under my supervision) decide where to cut so the photos would not be too cropped. My little man wanted to experiment with the different blades (wave cut, perforate and fold), but we stuck to cutting for this little project. Crevette was worried the card would move so he chose a pretty uncomfortable position to cut his pictures, but with the paper holding tool, his contortions were unnecessary. We all love using YouTube tutorials (me included) to learn how to draw (I am useless!) and we decided to go for a giraffe and a gorilla to illustrate our trip to London Zoo. The giraffe one was nice and short and I found it perfect for children who are starting to draw letter shapes. We had to pause every few seconds but the end result was brilliant. I really liked this tutorial to draw a gorilla because it was done by a dad and her daughter in real time (about 10 minutes) so it meant Beanie and Crevette could just follow the instructions without pausing (makes life so much easier!) and compare their drawings to the dad’s and the little girl, not getting upset when their gorillas were not as good as the adult’s. Once all pages were ready, I took our comb binder out of its box and I am pretty sure there were screams of delights (the children and mine). Come, on, who wouldn’t want a machine that binds documents together into a spiral-bound book? The machine was easy to use. All we had to do was select the correct comb and place it into the opening mechanism, then pull a lever. We then chose a front and back cover and I punched the children’s work before placing it onto the opened comb. I just pushed the comb lever backwards and the first book was bound. My little people were so proud to take these to school on Monday! You could win a Fellowes SafeCut™ Electron Rotary™ Paper Trimmer How to enter the giveaway: Check the instructions in the form below. You can pick and choose a range of ways in which to enter. The only one you must click on to get into the draw is the one asking you to leave a blog post comment. You must also leave a comment telling us what you would do with your paper trimmer should you win it. Entries are open until 23.59 p.m. GMT time on 7 October 2016. Good luck! Fellowes Paper Trimmer Disclosure: – Fellowes sent me a range of office equipment free of charge as part of their #BloggerChallenge. In this post, I used the SafeCut™ Electron Rotary™ Paper Trimmer as well as Fellowes’ Small Office Comb Binder Pulsar e 300 and a binding kit. I was not otherwise compensated for this post. All opinions and photos are my own. – The prize will be supplied directly by Fellowes. – The giveaway is open to UK residents over 18. 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How to Turn Your Memories into a Homemade Book
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