Thursday, June 24, 2010

Easy and Inexpensive Homemade Book To Make With Your Child

One of the best ways I have found to encourage my children to write and draw is to help them make their own book. The directions below are for the first book I help my children make. It is fast, easy, and only requires 8 x 11 paper and scissors. If you are a perfectionist, you may want to use a ruler and a pen, if not, just eyeball your cuts.

1. Take 6 – 10 pieces of  8x11 paper and divide them into 2 equal stacks.

2. Fold each stack in half so that they are 5 1/2” x 8”.

3. Unfold, and mark a 1 inch line on both ends of the center fold (you just have to do this on the top paper of each stack):June2010 177 4. On one stack cut on the lines:June2010 179 5. On the other stack cut on the fold between the lines, being careful not to cut on the lines:June2010 178 6. Take the stack of paper on which you cut on the lines and loosely roll them:May 2010 2507. Insert the rolled paper, through the gap in the other stack of paper:May 2010 251  8. Gently unroll the paper and insert the uncut portion into the notches: May 2010 252 9. Fold the paper and you now have a blank book for your child to start filling up:June2010 192Andrew is filling his book with pictures of his favorite things.

How do you encourage your children to write and draw?

This post has been linked to Frugal Friday at Life as Mom.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.