Here’s the first in a series of DIY book making ideas intended to help parents and early learning settings support children in creating their own books.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Hole Punch
- Rubber Bands
- Sticks, Wooden Dowels, Pencils, or Craft Sticks
There are three simple steps to make these nifty books:
Start by folding a couple sheets of paper in half and make a nice crease.
Next, punch a couple holes along the fold. I’m using an old-timey punch that must weigh 5 pounds, but a tiny hand held hole punch will work just fine.
Finally, slip a rubber band through the holes and secure it with a stick. There’s no real non-awkward way to do this as you can tell from the gif below, but with a bit of practice it gets pretty easy.
You can avoid wrestling with a rubber band with a simple piece of string:
You can also avoid the folding and simply punch holes along the edge of full sheets of paper:
Here are a couple ideas for using these books:
- Make blank books available around the play setting for kids to use as needed in their play.
- Let kids dictate their stories to you and then draw illustrations for their books.
- Let kids work together to create collaborative books.
- Let kids create their own versions of stories or books they enjoy.
- Create a book making station. With a bit of direct instruction, an interested child can put their own books together.
- Create picture books featuring children’s drawings, images you’ve printed, or photos cut from magazines or catalogs.
- You can also use this method to turn collections of children’s paper-based art work into books–portfolios of their creations.
This is a simple way to put books in the hands of children and spark their creative instincts. I’d love to see what you create if you give this idea a try. You can post photos in the comments section below.
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