rainy day activity: making books

by babhoyersh on June 16, 2011

Making books from file folders and scrap paper is a great rainy day or hot day activity! Maybe the kids already have a story line in mind or perhaps they want to record a field trip, a vacation, or simply what they’ve seen in their yard. Expand the activity by making your own paper. The possibilities are endless.

Enjoy another post from the archives as I count down the days to the end of school!

When the kids found the box of colored file folders under my desk today, I suggested that we make books. I’ve had this idea for awhile after reading SouleMama’s post on making books, but hadn’t gotten around to introducing the idea to the kids. After all, as toddlers and preschoolers, their imagination is unlimited, but their skills are limited. I knew that I would have to do a lot of the making, writing and drawing. However, after today, I definitely think a bookmaking basket is something to put on my to do list.

Above are the three books we made today. I folded white paper in half and then cut across the paper and nested the new smaller pages inside each other. Next, I took a file folder, cut it in half, and trimmed the length a little. The white pages were then stapled inside the file folder cover.

This is the first page of a A Fire Engine That Goes to Lots of Buildings That Are on Fire.

This is the first page of All About Trains.

This is the first page of Green.

I had already put together an art supply box using a large tackle box that I had bought at Joann Fabrics last year. Having the drawing supplies – colored pencils, crayons and markers – in one place made the bookmaking process so much easier.


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