Do you remember autograph books? Some kids nowadays haven't heard of them, and that's a shame. If you're looking for a cute and quick literacy idea that involves your kids in both reading and writing, suggest autograph books to them.
We LOVED our autograph books. I still have mine from when I was about ten. Our goal was to collect signatures from the people in our lives. Some people concentrated on collecting autographs from celebrities, but somehow I didn't seem to meet many of them. My friends made up the bulk of my book. They signed their names, but also wrote rhymes and quotes that we thought were profound or hilarious.
When sliding down the bannister of Life,
Look out for splinters.
If all the boys lived over the sea,
What a good swimmer Susan would be.
The thunder roared,
The lightning crashed,
The powers of heaven were shaken.
The little pig curled up his tail,
And ran to save his bacon!
On the last page, someone always wrote:
By hook or by crook,
I'll be last in this book.
And then a wag would find a tiny corner underneath to scrawl:
By devil or saint
I'm sure that you ain't.
Your kids might like to create their own themed autograph books. They could go for the vintage look as in the picture above, circa 1888 (no, it's not mine!). You can get some neat ideas on vintage at Etsy or on BeAFunMum blog. They might cut out pages in the shape of something they're keen on, like a car, and bind the pages to create an auto autograph book. Or they could add bling and colour according to their heart's desire, and find quotes about or from fairy princesses.
Did you have an autograph book? Do your kids have one? Please share a quote in comments so we can compare witticisms!