Making Your Own Book

Baboró International Arts Festival for Children

Ireland

Fri 14 Oct - Sun 23 Oct

Making Your Own Book

Preparing to attend the festival!

Whether planning a school trip or taking your family, try this activity before you visit Baboró!

Asking questions is a great way to encourage children to express and respond to what they see. Here are some questions to get you started:

  • What materials will be used in the show, exhibition or event you're attending, and how?
  • What is the inspiration for the event?
  • Are you supposed to interact with it?
  • What is the difference between a performance in a theatre, going to the cinema, seeing an outdoor performance or watching TV?

Record your thoughts and how they change in your own hand-made book!

Join a FREE online workshop

Ever wanted to make your own book?

Join Bryony Hussey on Thursday 6th October for a free Zoom workshop. Bry will demonstrate how to make this 8-page book using a single piece of paper!

The workshop is free but booking is required.

Book your free place on Eventbrite.

Activity Aim

This fun and hands-on activity is designed to help children and their educators prepare for their Baboró visit.

What you will need:

All you need is 1 piece of paper, a flat surface (like a table) to fold your book and a paper of scissors.

Optional materials for filling your book: something to write or draw with, collage materials and glue

Instructions

Learn how to make your own book in 4 simple steps!

Step 1

Open your paper landscape flat on the table. Fold your sheet of paper in half.

Fold it in half again.

Then turn your page and fold it in half one more time. When you open your paper it should be folded into eighths.

Step 2

Open your paper so that it is folded only once.

Cut halfway across the middle from the fold.

When you open your paper it should have a slit in the middle.

Step 3

Open your paper and fold it lengthwise (along the crease that has the slit).

Hold the paper at either end and stand it up. You should see it looks like a diamond shape in the middle.

Push the ends in toward each other and fold into a book shape.

Step 4

Now it’s time for you to fill in your 8-page book!

How you fill it in is completely up to you. You can draw or write before you come or bring your book with you. Record what you saw at Baboró!

Here are a couple of questions to get you started:

  • What did you see?
  • What did you hear?
  • What did you feel?
  • Did anything surprise you?