Time for this month's coloring page, which it just so happens will also turn on the tap of your kids' literacy juices. What I mean to say is: fans of Melanie Hope Greenberg's coloring pages will love this darling make-your-own kite storybook coloring page. Kids can color to their hearts content, write a few words (or even a hundred, if they write tiny), and fold it up into a little book to read to mom and dad, or grandma and grandpa at story time.
You know you want to do it.
First, download the printable. (It's free, as always!)
Download and print: (By clicking on link you agree to our terms of service, *see below) KITE BOOK COLORING PAGES
After your kids have colored the kite storybook (inside or outside the lines, there are no rules, here), fold each paper in half so that pages 1 and 4 are on the outside of the fold and 2 and 3 are on the inside of the fold. Slip pages 2 and 3 inside 1 and 4. I'm pretty sure you are smart enough to figure all this out, but still. You might not have had your morning coffee yet, so just in case.
If desired, you can glue the blank pages together (a glue stick will work best). The blank sides did not bother my son, which meant less work. That's good, too. Alternatively, you can add a staple at the binding to hold it together. Again, my kid didn't seem to care about these details, so I enjoyed a cup of tea instead.
Kids can write their own story in the space underneath the picture. (I bet you figured that part out, too. Smarty pants.)
If your child isn't writing yet try one of the following:
- Pre-writers can scribble underneath the pictures as they narrate the story to you. Encourage them to "read" their story again later and you will probably get a new wonderful tale! This is a terrific way to encourage literacy skills and kids will learn that writing is fun. (Very important!)
- Your child can dictate a story to you and you can write it down.
Maybe this book will even get you outdoors on a windy spring day with a kite of your own!
If your child makes a kite storybook you can share it with Melanie and me on facebook. We would LOVE to see it.
My son and I even made a video of his book just for you. It is less than one minute, so why not just watch it?
More literacy enhancing coloring pages:
- Spring garden page and rhyming activity
- Leaves coloring page and rhyming activity
- Back to school bookmarks to color
- Reading log coloring page
See all of Melanie’s coloring pages:
Meet the illustrator:
Melanie Hope Greenberg is an award winning author and illustrator of more than 15 children’s books. Her cheerful, vibrant illustrations can be found in books such as Good Morning, Digger, Down in the Subway and A City Is. Her very popular Mermaids on Parade was selected as a Bank Street Best Book, and for the Texas Reading Club and PBS Kids Summer Reading Lists.
Melanie is currently illustrating a non-fiction picture book due to be published fall 2016 and would love to to connect with teachers and librarians. She conducts sought after author-illustrator visits and workshops in schools or via Skype. You can learn more on her website, and read about her love of connecting with children at Huffington Post.
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I’m sure you know a kid who likes diggers. Or mermaids? Or subways? Melanie signs all copies of her books purchased through her Amazon vendor link.
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