story + Art = great stART – Hit or Myth(great for >5yrs olds)

If you are visiting from Book Bloggers Appreciation Week, please go here for the “full list of entries”. I managed to muddle it all up. **Sorry**.

Finally a book & art project for the older children amongst us (inspired by A Mommy’s Adventure)! I made this with the neighbour’s son, who is 7yrs and loves drawing! I think you could do this with any child aged around 5yrs and over? Or make one yourself, for you child/ make one & let your child colour it in!

I recently came across James Riddell’s Animal Lore & Disorder and the sequel Hit or Myth: Family of Imaginary Beasts books (Amazon does have some, but they are pricey.. hunt them down in places like Ebay. Hit or Myth seems to be easier to get hold of!). My sister in law had them in German, though originally they are in English. This a “Mix & Match” book, where a page is cut in half and as you leaf through the top and bottom half of the images mismatch creating “funny creatures”. What, however, is BRILLIANT about this book, is not just the lovely drawings, BUT, that the animal names and the accompanying text ALSO mismatches… but in a way, that makes sense! This makes the book utterly hilarious! (e.g. The Penguin top & Panda bottom become a “Penda” -“[Penguin bit]This creature should be able to fly. But it can’t. It can however swim very well and [panda bit] it is very friendly and loves to be played with and cuddled”).

Hit or Myth: Family of Imaginary Beasts      Animal Lore And Disorder (A Riddle Book) over 200 animals!

So… we took a look at the book to remind ourselves of the story (I gave a copy to my neighbours as a gift a little while back).

Reading & Materials

Getting started

Then we got cracking! All you need is paper, scissors, pens and a stapler!

We cut the paper in half. We created two markers on the pages  so we knew where “things began and ended” and then the 7yrs old got drawing. His work was so good, I quickly gave up as he put mine to shame!

Individual pages

Top tip: make sure you DO stay within the markers. Cut all sheets of paper at the same time, to make sure they are all the same size. Mark the Top with T or 1 and the Bottom with B or 2, so you don’t get the muddled. Key to this book is that the drawings all align perfectly!

We stapled a cover and back on, but you could bind with some ribbon to make it prettier!


Previous Craft Projects

stART: Story & Thank you time – inspirational thank you cards

stART: Hurray for Fish – one for babies or messy toddlers!

stART: Bedtime Star – Red Ted, makes a starry night for Pip Squeak’s nursery

stART: The Way Back Home, Oliver Jeffers – Red Ted makes a plane and a UFO

Craft: Peg animals – toddlers can help!


14 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by greenmum2 on April 28, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Wow, Maggy, this is amazing, what a talented child! I think it helps that you are so patient and encouraging, he wants to come round and do another one . . . fantastic!


  2. These are so neat! Thanks for sharing 🙂


  3. That turned out really well – thanks for all the tips – we might try it, too!


  4. We have a flip elmo book like this. I think it is called Elmo Animal Mix and Match. The kids love making Elmo turn into funny looking animals. What a fun project — I’m sure my daughter would love to make her own book like that.


  5. Posted by Red Ted Art on April 29, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Awwww, glad you enjoyed the post! 🙂 we had such fun making it! Look forward for Red Ted to be a little older, so I can do another one with him! Love the idea of an Elmo book!! 😉


  6. Posted by JDaniel4's Mom on April 29, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Wow! What a great book and project.


  7. What fun! My daughter would love that book!


  8. Oh my goodness this is amazing. I can’t wait to do something like this with Emily when she gets older. Thank you so much for sharing your stART project this week :0)


  9. Very interesting. We saw these kinds of books for younger kids too – we have one with potato head and it’s even divided into three. The boy did awesome!


  10. Wow! Those are some really neat books! I think my girls might like doing this activity, too.

    Thanks for linking up to Read Aloud Thursday!


  11. I have to echo the others: this is a great activity! I’ll have to keep it in mind for my daughters.


  12. […] stART: Hit &Myth – a mix & match book for older children (>5yrs)      […]


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