Thursday, 21 July 2016

The Back-to-back-to-back Book

This minibook has popped up on Pinterest in a few different guises.  Basically, it's a number of identical, symmetrical shapes which are folded in half and then stuck back to back.  They fulfill the minibook criterion of fitting a lot of writing into a small space.

I made the one you can see in the picture to try it out.  Here's how I did it:

I made my symmetrical shapes using the AutoShapes function in MS Publisher.
You could also use PowerPoint.  I printed out 3 copies of this sheet.

I coloured in each shape.

and then added some writing.

Then I cut out the shapes and folded them in half.

Then I stuck the shapes back to back.

My 13 year old, bored on the first day of her 7 week summer holiday, made this one.

If you are considering making one of these with a class, my tips are:
  • make absolutely sure that your shape is symmetrical
  • try to make your shape easy to cut out, as neat cutting is important when it comes to fitting it all together.
  • Use your imagination!  Use a tree shape for the seasons, a cloud for weather, an apple for food....
These could be displayed on a flat surface or hung from the ceiling to really save on display space!