“We have done scrapbooks for four years now. We love doing them. We usually choose to do them on books which are new to us. We like doing the scrapbooks as it’s a lovely way to spend time together. We take away the memories we have of creating them. The children have also learnt to work together and listen and see that everyone’s ideas matter.”
Mum of three, Pip Mahoney, first came across Reading Force in 2015 when her family were posted in Cyprus. “My daughter, Skylar, got her scrapbook from her school at the time, RAF Akrotiri, then I went onto the Reading Force website and got scrapbooks for my younger two children, Lexie and Rhys.”
Pip used the opportunity to link with family at home in the UK. “It was nice to do while we were out there, and we did it with my mum and sister. My children emailed Nana and Aunty Kaylee, and spoke with them on messenger about the book.”
Since returning to the UK in 2016, Pip has helped run a coffee morning and toddler group at Burghfield Community centre, and there she has told other mums about Reading Force so they can take part too. Pip requested a stock of scrapbooks from us and gives them to military mums who would like to try Reading Force.
The Mahoneys have completed scrapbooks on these books:
- Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
- The Owl who was afraid of the dark by Jill Tomlinson
- The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
- Dinosaurs Love Underpants by Claire Freedman
- The Midnight Gang by David Walliams
- The Stick Man by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
- Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Their scrapbooks are fantastically creative. In the Stick Man scrapbook Pip and Lexie created the characters with pipe-cleaners.
When doing their Tiger Who Came to Tea scrapbook, the family managed to meet a real tiger!
For Room on the Broom, they made their own broomstick. Here is the cauldron with what each family member would put in… And the finished broomstick!
Now in their fourth year of doing Reading Force scrapbooks, does Pip have any tips?
“I would say speak to everyone in the family and see what they want to do. We look at the book to see if there’s anything we can recreate or do, so if they go on a picnic in the book, take your reading group family on a picnic. If there are animals in the book, we like to research that animal.”
“We really enjoy making our scrapbooks and kids find it so exciting to post them and love getting them back through the post.”
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