I recently wrote a post called Craftasaurus Rex which was all about the crafts that Shake'n'Bake and I have been doing lately. I mentioned in that post that I should illustrate the Craftasaurus Rex. So, of course, I did.
Craftasaurus Rex told me that I should write more about the Letter Books. Some people have shown interest in recreating these crafts for themselves, which I am so flattered about, and I thought that it may be easier to recreate the Letter Books if you knew the words that I chose.
First of all, I have five different colours of paper that I use for the Letter Books. This makes ten individual pieces of paper, and nine different "page spreads". The first two page spreads are used for Big * and Little * also known as the Upper and Lower Case forms of the letters. That leaves room for seven words that begin with the letter.
If you also choose to use 5 colours, then your arrangement possibilities (according to my OCD) are:
2 WORDS - 1 page of each colour
3 WORDS - 2 pages of 3 colours
5 WORDS - 2 pages of 4 colours
7 WORDS - 2 pages of each colour
My first and BIGGEST suggestion is this: use all of the first names of your children, pets, and the words 'Mommy', 'Daddy', etc. I chose not to use Aunts, Uncles, or Grandparents for my books, but don't let that stop you! We had lots of fun drawing the members of our family, and it helps her to recognize what letter of the alphabet her name starts with. Or Mommy starts with. Or her sister.
PLEASE! Tailor this to your child as much as possible. Shake'n'Bake likes animals, so a lot of the words are animals words (therefore a lot of the pictures are...special...) but if your child likes construction vehicles, then use them instead. Sports? Try the equipment. Are you focusing on colours? Then include them (we have no colours in ours because they are included in the spelling game). Clothes, favourite TV show characters, fruits and vegetables, be creative!
I have taken the liberty of replacing all of our names in the Alphabet List with other words so that you will have options. SOME letters were very difficult, and if you don't like or agree with my words, you can replace them or make smaller books.
I would also recommend that you take the time to write out all of your words before you begin. The first two or three books that we did we came up the words as we went... this will leave you with words like 'avacado' for a two year old.
My Letter Book Word List
jacks - like the game...with the ball...and the silver spikey things.
kiss - I drew two faces with massive lips touching.
needle - I went with a hypodermic needle that we would find at the doctor's office. You can always use sewing needle.
orange - the fruit
quiet - I had a finger in front of a mouth saying 'shhhhh'.
quack - a duck's head, open beak saying 'QUACK!'.
wink - I drew a face with one eye open and one closed.
So that's my list! Shake'n'Bake and I are still working on the books (six to go!) but I really hope that you'll try this with your kids (or other small relatives...) and if you do, I would love it if you sent me a picture! You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and if I get photos I will post them up here at a later date.
Craftasaurus Rex says you should email me.