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Curious Creatures

Word(s) of the Week

Triad (try-add): A group or set of three connected people or things.

Transnormal (trans-normal): Something that is beyond normal or exceeds normal.

Theriomorphic (th-ear-ee-oh-morf-ick): Having an animal form.

Hello, hello!

THREE words of the week? I'm breaking my own rules, but these three words seemed essential for this week's topic.

When I started this project, I was calling it a "flip book," because you flip the flaps. It didn't take long for me to realize that a flip book is an entirely different thing! A flip book is a series of drawings or photos that very gradually change from one page to the next. When the pages are viewed in quick succession (when you flip them) they appear to be moving. It's how animated cartoons came to be. That will be a project for another day. . .today is all about creating curious creatures!

Using your imagination, in my opinion, is the definition of FUN. I think I need to jump right into the project for you to understand. . .

It will look something like this at the beginning:

What you'll need:

Construction paper, plain computer paper, markers or crayons, scissors, a pencil, a ruler

How it's done:

  1. Create a booklet by folding your construction paper in half, the long way. This will be the front and back cover. The fold will be the spine of your book.

  2. Using your computer paper, again fold the paper in half the long way. The number of sheets you use depends entirely on how many creatures you wish to make! There's no right or wrong number, but I suggest making at least 3.

  3. Using your scissors, cut the computer paper into three equal parts, being careful not to cut the fold. You'll want to leave a little space near the fold to create your booklet. You may want to use your ruler to get your parts even.

  4. The top section will be for the creature's head/neck. The middle section is for its body, and the bottom section is for its legs/feet.

  5. Grab your pencils/markers and get creating! I chose to make a giraffe, a raccoon, and a dinosaur. Pretty cute, right?

  6. Flip the pages to create your curious creatures!

They may look a little something goofy like this. . .

Or this. . .

The possibilities are endless! Need to stay inside on a rainy day or to beat the heat? Get creating!

Until next time. . .


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