Tall Tales, Long Lore

Tall Tales, Long Lore craft

How tall can you make a tale? Create a handmade book that fits your imaginary story!

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    Storytelling was everyone’s entertainment before TV was invented. People created larger-than-life legendary heroes such as Paul Bunyan and John Henry. Stories about them came to be called tall tales. Story details and characters’ traits were usually exaggerated. Often the hero(ine) solved problems in an amusing way. Who is your favorite tall tale hero or heroine?

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    Why not write your own folklore about characters you’ve heard about or imagined? Here’s one way to make a taller-than-life book to help you record your stories.

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    With Crayola® Scissors, cut two long, wide strips of colorful construction paper for book covers. Next cut book pages from white paper so they fit between the covers without sticking out.

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    Cover your craft area with newspaper. Put dabs of Crayola Fingerpaints into a foam produce tray. Mix and blend colors. Decorate the covers of your book with fingerpaints. Air-dry the covers.

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    Add more design ideas, titles, and your name to the cover with Crayola Twistables. Assemble pages inside covers.

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    Punch three holes in the top of the book. Thread a chenille stem through the holes to hold the book together.

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    You’re ready to write the most unbelievable story you can think of!