Good morning! I am so excited to be here today at Design Dazzle! Today for a fun Summer Camp idea I am going to share with you the activity that my little Captain America and I did last week based on the incredible Muddle and Match books from Usborne Books & More. (I am an Usborne Books & More Independent Consultant, and this is one of my favorites!!)
The premise of the Muddle and Match series is to make silly pictures and silly stories. Each page has a photo and a story, with the pages broken into three parts. You can flip the sections to create a silly picture and coordinating silly story. My kids both LOVE these books! My big boy (6) loves the silly stories, and my little girl (3) loves the silly pictures. Win-win!
I decided that it would be a fun activity with my son to create our OWN Muddle and Match stories. Here is how we did it.
I drew a basic shape of a person and copied it so that there were three copies. I divided the pages into three sections with dashes where he would cut. I also divided a story template into three sections: WHO, WHAT, WHERE or WHY. You can download my templates for free HERE.
Captain America drew three pictures and told me what to write about each of them. (He would have written it himself, but for the sake of this post I wanted it to be legible.) 😉
We ended up working with Chase, the good samurai, Blades the Rescue Bot, and The Overlord. SUCH a boys boy! Haha. I was delighted by the imaginative little narrative sentences that he threw out for each of them!
Next he cut the strips up and put them all into a pile facing downward.
He drew out the pieces of the pictures randomly and glued them onto a piece of colored construction paper. (We used two pages each of three different colors of paper so that we would know which story went with which picture.) Next we found the story parts that matched the picture parts and he pasted those on the coordinating color of paper.
That’s it! He was SO excited about his silly pictures and stories and couldn’t wait to show them to his daddy once he got home from work!
After we took these pictures he said to me, “Wow, Mom, that was a LOT of work. And a LOT of fun!” I’d call that a successful summer activity!
Sarah McKenna is the scattered creative mind behind the blog Bombshell Bling. Sarah adores all things Halloween, s’mores, colorful, kid friendly, snuggly, and, of course, BLINGY! A former elementary school teacher, Sarah is now a full time stay-at-home-mom and part time blogger and jewelry designer. Sarah began blogging as a creative outlet during her battle with severe postpartum depression, and she continued blogging because of the fulfillment that she found in building her own business, creating new things, and forming friendships with other bloggers. When she is not blogging or chasing children, Sarah can be found singing at the top of her lungs, reading slightly saucy historical fiction novels, or laughing far too loudly at her favorite sitcoms. You can follow along with Sarah’s adventures on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.
Thanks, Sarah! Want to see more summertime fun ideas? Check out the Summer Camp Archives!
Posted on June 17, 2015
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