Just when I thought that I was done writing about this year’s Summer Reading Program – I remembered something. I had been completely and utterly inspired by Bryce Don’t Play’s Story Action Pod: BOT Edition. She even shares her printables – you should go get yourself some!

We’d never tried having the kids create a book before, and I thought it’d be a fun passive activity to put out for July. I made my own version of the activity pages (because I’m particular about using a particular font in our printables) – the only thing I kicked myself for leaving out was putting a spot for kids to write their names.

And here’s how the display/program looked:

Two quite important things that we figured out about this after no children had turned in a worksheet after two weeks:

1. Notice how everything’s up in a window sill? That sill is directly above our activity table. I thought that everything looked perfect there and was very eye catching. After all, when we put things up there that we don’t want checked out – people try to check them out.

Our newest team member Julia suggested that I move everything onto the table directly below, and move our monthly coloring sheets up to the sill. I did that.

2. Many of our children are wildly shy and have yet to discover the obsessive joy of firsties. So, I seeded the book with three fake robots that I created showing various skill levels in drawing/writing.

My most advanced creation:

And what happened after we did those two things? We started getting submissions! The day that I moved the items six inches lower and put in the fake entries we had a girl bring up a worksheet for our book. I think that we ended up with around a dozen different robots. After this experience I’m very encouraged to try another “create a book” passive program.

Here’s a few of my favorites (even though all had their charms, and one was downright freaky – I’m not sharing the freaky one):

HUGE thank you to Bryce Don’t Play for sharing such a great idea – I can hardly wait to try more!