Summer is here, and you know what that means: stocking up on activity books and art supplies for any upcoming road trips or plane rides. But instead of adding to your tired collection of half-done activity books and broken crayons, here’s an idea I got from Pinterest. Make your own activity book!
The whole idea is to create a binder filled with pages your kid will love to do. No more carrying around an assortment of half-completed books that you can’t bear to throw away but your kid is totally tired of. I started off by buying a 1-inch binder (anything bigger will be too bulky). The binder also doubles as a hard surface to write or color on — nothing’s more annoying than trying to color in your lap!
I printed most of my pages from the Internet; just do a search for “printable mazes” or “printable paper dolls,” etc. (Some other activities: word searches, crosswords, coloring pages, dot-to-dot, Ken Ken puzzles, Sudoku, color by number.) Education.com offers some fantastic free printables categorized by grade. I also went through all of our half-completed activity books and ripped out any interesting pages that were left.
Next, I stuck in one of those durable zipper pockets for binders. In went all of our crayons, colored pens, scissors, even a pack of playing cards. I tucked some stickers into the pockets on the cover as well, and included some blank and lined paper for free-form drawing, creative writing or travel journaling.
As a finishing touch, my daughter created her own cover. She’s totally in love with our creation and can’t wait to use it.