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Ideas for making your scrapbook!

Taylor drawing 300x332If your scrapbook is lying around at home and you like the idea of using it and want to enter the Scrapbook Competition, but you’re not sure what to put in it, read on...

Hundreds of children and families take part in Reading Force throughout the year and we want to share some of their fantastic ideas with you. You can enter our Scrapbook Competition at any time and there's no limit to how many times you can enter. There are two Scrapbook Competitions a year with closing dates of 30th April and 31st October. 

First things first, remember your scrapbook is for you and your family and friends – there is no right or wrong way to complete it – only your way! If you like writing – write. If you like drawing – draw. If you like making collages – collage. Please don’t put what you think you ‘should’ in the scrapbook. Put in what you want to include.

I’m going to mention some things other children and families have included, to give you some ideas. Because Reading Force is for all ages, not everything below will apply to you all.

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Photos – Lots of Reading Force scrapbooks include photos of children/ siblings/family reading their chosen book, or out and about on a day trip. These are really nice because they capture the experience of sharing the book.

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Collage – We’ve received a great scrapbook on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and colourful sweet wrappers have been stuck in next to photos, drawings, and notes. Other people have stuck in stickers and glued in post-it notes with comments on. 

Notes and thoughts – You can respond to the prompts in the scrapbook, such as ‘We chose this book because…’ or you can ignore these and write down other things about the book.

Edmonds scrapbook quote 250x156You may want to write about who is your favourite character in the book  and why; whether  you liked the ending – or if you thought it should have been a different ending and what this could have been. Did the book remind you of anything in your own life? Would you have wanted to be a character in this story?

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Drawings – These could be characters from the book, or a picture of you and your family reading the book. You could do a drawing of a scene in the book. You could even invent a new cover for the book.

Cartoon strip – If drawing is your thing, you may want to have a go at making a cartoon strip in your scrapbook.

Pop-ups – Draw and cut out figures, stick them in so they can pop-up, or glue in flaps of paper that can be lifted up to reveal a drawing or note underneath.

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Letters and postcards
– If you are doing Reading Force with family members who are away from home, you can stick in the letters, postcards, or emails you sent one another about the book. We’ve had one scrapbook which included coins sent from grandparents in Canada to grandchildren in Hampshire!

All scrapbooks entered to the competition are returned (by recorded post, to ensure they are returned safely) to families with a special certificate and a free book. AND you may win one of our great competition prizes. Check out our competition page for details. 

Have fun scrapbooking!

We'd like to thank all the families who have given their permission to show their scapbooks and photos.

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