When I taught sophomore English, it was inevitable that my students would end up writing an essay about themselves. Those were usually their favorites since we all write best about what we know, and most of us know ourselves pretty well. With the GG Sprinkles episodes, I tend to often think about things that kids can give to caregivers or keep for themselves as a record of their talents, interests, etc. So we decided to do an episode called ‘The Story of You’ encouraging little ones to make books about themselves to either keep or give away.
I began with a poem about writing their own book. I showed some examples of books my daughters wrote about their dad and them that they had given to their dad as gifts. Then I showed a book about me that I wrote just for this episode featuring subjects they could include in their own books, such as pets, hobbies, family, foods they like to eat, things they like to do. Since they may not even be writing yet, I showed how they could do their books with pictures from greeting cards, magazines, or collections of family photos (with mom’s permission, of course). In my book I had painted some pictures to include, and I pointed out that such illustrations would be really good keepsakes to include. And, of course, I pointed out the value such books might have to them someday in the future.
I like to encourage the creative spark kids have while keeping in mind that kids of a range of ages might watch the episodes. This project fits the bill nicely; some kids will want to actually write things in their books, while others may do their ‘writing’ with their illustrations, using things most households have on hand. And, of course, they can get help with simple labels. With families sticking close to home these days, this is something kids can do to pass the time while being creative. And it allows them to design it exactly as they please using a variety of materials and abilities. I plan to keep mine, as a matter of fact. So enjoy, and make a book about you. ❤️