Making handmade books is easy and fun to do. Here are some simple ideas for books that the children can make with you!
We recently had a fun homeschooling session making some little blank books for our homeschooling activities.
We use little blank books all the time - for story writing, journaling, note-taking, scrapbooking or just doodling. I always try to make sure we have attractive books around for the children to grab when the creative urge strikes.
A pile of fresh new notebooks, felt-pens and stickers seems irresistible to children!
Making little blank books is easy and the children can help make their own. Here are our favorite methods.
The simplest and most rewarding type of notebook to make is to fold A5/Letter sized paper in half and staple down the edge. Fold carefully to make sure all the edges match.
Four or five pages makes a book just big enough for a child's illustrated story!
I like to buy boxes of cheap notecards to use as covers, but cardstock also works well. These little books make nice gifts for homeschooling friends!
Another fun way to make your own notebooks is to use brown paper bags as the cover.
Cut down the long edges of the bag so it will open. Refold the bottom of the bag so the fold is hidden inside the covers. Use this fold to staple your paper to.
We love to leave the handles on our paper bag books. They are great to grab as you head out of the house. Mobile notebooks!
Be imaginative in your book making. A special cover inspires special writing or drawing! Almost anything can become a cover - fabric, leaves, pieces of bark.
We like to make little fabric books - cut pieces of plain fabric with pinking shears and sew down one edge. As well as writing - these fabric books are good for sewing in!
If you enjoyed making simple notebooks, why not take it further and try some book binding. There are some nice kits available on Amazon to get you started.Homeschooling-Ideas › Kids Craft Ideas › Making Books with Children
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