Mommy's Time Out Magazine September Issue - Page 13

Max’s 2 older brothers have collections that everyone makes a big fuss over. Benjamin collects stamps, Karl collects coins, and neither one ever shares their treasures with Max. So Max decides to start a collection of his own. Max is going to collect words. He starts with small words that he cuts out of old newspapers and magazines, but soon his collection has spilled out into the hall. All the while, his brothers are watching. Benjamin brags that he has one thousand stamps. Karl is just a few coins short of five hundred. But a thousand stamps is really just a bunch of stamps, and a lot of coins is only a heap of money. Max’s growing pile of words, however, can make a story. This is a story about a little boy's ingenuity and how he teaches his older brothers that sharing and being creative together is the most fun of all.

At-Home Activity:

Using kid-safe scissors, children can

cut letters, words and/or phrases

out of old magazines, coloring

books, activity books, flyers, or

newspapers. (My three kids spent

have spent hours doing this on

rainy afternoons.) Then the whole

family can work together to form

sentences, funny phrases, or even

a whole story!

I love this activity because it

recycles piles of old magazines, allows

my three kids to work together easily

on an activity, & enables them to be

creative and silly. It has even helped

my youngest be more interested in

learning to read on her own.

kid's book club