This stapler was the one bit of magic I needed to get Lucy to take off in writing stories~ The second I bought it, she began stapling papers together and the book making began!
I like to have many pre-stapled books available for the kids in a simple book making center. I put the blank books and some writing utensils out where it’s easily accessible. It’s very inviting and both kids always enjoy using it. To keep it fresh, I sometimes switch out the crayons for colored pencils or add some new blank books or stickers. Even just moving it to another location in the house seems to draw them back in.
Depending on what stage your child is in writing, they may ask you for some assistance. Lucy usually likes to do the front cover, dedication page (she just started doing that after noticing it in all the books we read), and illustrations herself. Sometimes she will write some of the sentences, but usually she likes to dictate it to me as I write. This provides a great opportunity for modeling how to sound out words (I’ll sound out each one I’m writing) and how to use correct punctuation. Theo just loves doing all the work on his own!
We also keep a separate basket out to hold all the completed books. We put it right under our seasonal books where it’s sure to be seen and used frequently. (Lucy often chooses her own homemade books for her bedtime stories!) She feels proud to have them read and displayed in the house for everyone to see!