August 19, 2011

Storyblocks - Goodnight Gorilla

In case you missed it, here's my post from Summer Camp over at Oopsey Daisy.....

For my crafty take on a book, I chose Goodnight Gorilla.  I think we got this book because my husband went to school at Pitt State, whose mascot is a gorilla.  And it's such a fun book!
Good Night, Gorilla
See, we love it:

This book doesn't have a lot of words, which is why we love it so much.  The gorilla sneaks out the other animals, so we add in all sorts of commentary ("do doh de doh" while walking, etc).  It's like we turn the book into a story of our own.  So I thought a perfect craft would be story blocks.

You'll need:
--1x2 board cut into blocks
--xerox copies of a couple pages
--mod podge

first, sand your blocks.  You don't have to do this if you buy craft blocks, but I'm cheap - a whole board is only a couple of dollars and can make over 20 blocks, so I buy that and cut blocks.
 Paint whatever color you want.  Let dry.
 Then, on your color copy, trace around the block onto which picture you want.  Then cut slightly inside your lines.  I cut out all the characters in the book.
 Then, paint mod podge on a block (#1).  Set your picture on it and rub it down.  Then mod podge over the picture to seal it on (#2).  It'll dry clear, so don't worry about that.
Then play with them!! 
 I got the gorilla, had him grab the keys, with the mouse and the balloon following him (because that's what they do), then they set up to let out the giraffe:

 More fun playing with the blocks - -she's holding the gorilla and having him scoot all the other animals to another line:

 If you want a slightly different take on storyblocks, check out my Dr. Seuss Activity Blocks (there's a different game on each side)....


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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

9 Fabulous Comments:

That's a great idea. I've never seen a book done like that. My granddaughter loves playing with blocks, and I know she would love this variation on reading to her.

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No kidding, that is such a CUTE idea for a favorite book!

I absolutely love this! Thanks for sharing the idea. My daughter loves this book too. :)

This is the coolest idea! I can't bear cutting up books, so I'll have to do this with our duplicates. Thanks for sharing :-)

I loved the idea! I am a former preschool teacher, but still love everything related to preschoolers! And I still have a 4 year old at home ! that's going to be my next project!
By the way, I love your blog, i wake up every morning and check it to see what you have come up with!

oooh... I REALLY love this. Thanks so much for sharing!

LOVE this idea! Thanks for sharing.

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