When it was my daughter's turn to host her book club and we decided to do the poems of Shel Silverstein, I remembered the bookmarks and knew they be perfect. One of Silverstein's collections of poems that we read is called Falling Up ~ it goes right along with our fun bookmarks.
Check them out...
Aren't they fun?
I pretty much followed the original tutorial, with just a few small changes.
Here's what I did...
1. Take a photo of the child posing as if they're holding onto a rope and hanging down. (I had the kids stand in front of a white sheet because I thought I'd be using my computer printer and wanted to cut down on the ink used).
2. Print out your photos. I ended up finding a special on 4x6 prints at my local store, so I just did that instead of using my home printer, but either would work.
3. Cut out as close as possible around the photo of your kid.
4. Using a glue stick, mount your photo to card stock to make your bookmark a little sturdier. However, DO NOT glue down the hands, only the head and body. Then cut out around the photo again.
5. Next, you'll want to slip in your tassel between the photo and the cardstock backing (that's why you didn't want to glue that part down). Visit Heather's original post for a great tutorial on making the tassels. She explains it really well and has great pictures and instructions.
6. Finally, I cut out a piece of contact paper to cover the back and front of the bookmark. I adhered it to both sides, smoothed it down and cut out around the bookmark, leaving about 1/8" or so around the edges.
That's it! Aren't they fun? The kids love seeing themselves hanging down from the page.
Oh, and if you're looking for some fun poems that the kids will love, definitely check out Shel Silverstein's collections . We have all of them and they were a big hit with the 8-9 year olds in my daughter's book club. The girls really loved the silly humor and they each had several favorite poems that they shared.
Here is the book club in action...
And the books that we read. Each girl could choose a book and then shared their favorite poems...