Print the cover you’ve chosen or grab an 8.5”x11” piece of scrapbook paper. If you printed, the pattern won’t go quite to the edge of the page. Trim the left edge of the paper unless you’re using wider tape that will cover the unprinted portion.
Apply glue stick to outside of front cover.
Line up paper along the edge of the spine tape and stick down, leaving the edge of the paper hanging over the cover.
Prepare to fold the paper edges around the cover by cutting 2 or 3 “v”s to allow the corners to fold.
Apply glue to the paper hanging over, fold around the cover, and stick down to the inside of the cover. Let the glue dry.
Stick a piece of tape on the front cover to help stick the edge of the paper along the spine, leaving an extra inch or two on each end to fold inside.
Cut a piece of the chalkboard paper to 7.25” x 9.25”.
Stick chalkboard paper to the inside cover to hold the edges of the paper down and create a writing surface.
Optional: Add a chalkboard segment to the front of the cover.
Repeat steps on the back cover.
You can use a regular stick of chalk or a chalk marker on the chalkboard paper.
Our family had so much fun with the new Science Tots activity, Dance Code! Science Tots is a nonprofit organization with a mission to connect families and educators with the instruction, tools, and resources to power early S.T.E.A.M. learning.
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Find your song then dance!
This activity focuses on finding a song your child loves to dance to, then having them teach you a dance and turn it into a movie.
We started with the song Danger Zone, one of my kids’ favorite. They came up with dance moves and told me about them, then we took pictures. They weren’t loving how their steps looked in the photos so my son decided we should draw them instead. To make things easier, I let them draw on my phone and just took screen shots.
I imported the pictures into the Stop Motion app on my phone (find it here). The basic app is free with a few extras you can buy.
Click to watch our movie!
I was actually a little nervous about this part because I wasn’t sure how things would look once we put together their drawings. Turns out, my kids loved this part! If was fun for them to start seeing a little of what they can do- repeat a move, slow down a picture, reverse a picture to show a spin. It was great! They experimented with different speeds and different lengths for individual frames. It was really fun to give them a taste of making their own movie!
Science Tots is a nonprofit organization with a mission to connect families and educators with the instruction, tools, and resources to power early S.T.E.A.M. learning.