Free resources to download

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Here are some downloadable pdfs of simple ideas that you can use and adapt for your own work. None of these things are very difficult or technical, and they are all made using basic tools and cheap or free materials.

Crayon manifesto
Crayon manifestoI think there’s something fascinating about the different things we see as important as guidelines for ourselves. Here is a manifesto that I made recently, which has values that seem useful to me. (It’s called Crayon Manifesto because I drew it in crayon, rather than it being a manifesto about crayons themselves.)

You can download the pdf here.

Apple Day
Here is a worksheet of some easy and enjoyable things to do with apples, based on activities I’ve done with children at Speedwell Nursery School and families at Companion Planting allotment group.
Apple mandala

You can download the pdf here.

Alphabet
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This is an alphabet that I originally drew for Speedwell Nursery School. The images link to some of their favourite stories including Three Billy Goats Gruff and Little Red Riding Hood.

You can download the pdf here.

Cardboard box house
Cardboard-houseLots of people, including me, really enjoy making these houses. You use a cardboard box as the basis for it and can make it as large or small as you like. You could make the house you grew up in or the house you would like to live in, you could make sheds, barns or castles, you could put several buildings together to create a village…

You can download the pdf here

No glue book
Here are some instructions on how to make a simple book using only paper and scissors. This method was shown to me many years ago by Paul-Henri Jeannel of Chapeau Magique and I have made hundreds of them with people since. Once you have made your book, which will take about 5 minutes at the most, you can use it for stories, photos or whatever else takes your fancy.Slotted-book-example

You can download the pdf here

Concertina book
Concertina books can be very useful as something to take notes in when you are out and about. Very simple to make, enjoyable to use and easy to display.

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You can download the pdf here

A book that turns into a map (or a poster, or a …)
This book is made with one sheet of paper and has the capacity to turn into a map or anything else that takes your fancy. It can easily be photocopied to produce a small publication run. It is particularly useful for publicity where you want to make an inexpensive leaflet and a poster (or map) together.
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You can download the pdf here