Tuesday, January 10, 2012

DIY Writing Booklets for Preschool and Home School (with free writing page printable!)


Until the new camera arrives, I'll probably be pulling from the ol' picture archives.  And while I was perusing the archives today I came across these pictures for a tutorial that I never got around to writing.

It's for a simple little writing booklet that I came up with when my friend and I started planning preschool activities for this school year.  I wanted a booklet with pages that had a space for writing practice as well as room to draw and to put stickers for counting.

Since you can print the pages off on your own computer, you can add as many pages to the booklets as you like.  This makes them perfect little booklets for, say, practicing the entire alphabet or counting from 0-20.

Want to make your own?  Of course you do!


Step 1: Print & Cut pages

Start by printing the writing pages.  Print the writing page on both sides.



Once printed, cut each page into 4 equal parts (see above photo).



You will now have 4 double-sided pages for each piece of paper printed.


Step 2: Cut covers
 
I used a couple sheets of cardstock from this stack since I already had it on hand.

Alternatively, you could cut your own cardstock to 4.5" x 6.5".

Or for an even more fun and earth-friendly booklet, cut up old cereal boxes for your covers!



For each booklet you'll need a front cover and a back cover.


Step 3: Stack booklet

Layer your booklet with the back cover on the bottom.
Then place all of the writing pages centered on top of the back cover.
Make sure the side of the page with a little white space is the side that's flush with the edge of the cover.
This edge will be the spine of your booklet.



Add the top cover to the top of the stack.



Your booklet should now look like this.
Oooh, exciting!


Step 4: Sew booklet

Using a 3/8" to 1/2" seam allowance, sew your booklet together by sewing along the spine of your booklet.



Remember to backstitch at each end to keep the stitches secure.



And-- TA-DA! -- you're finished!



Make them one at a time for preschool or home school activities or make a whole slew of them!

So far we've enjoyed using our booklets as ABC books and counting books.

For the ABC books we help the kids practice writing the letters at the bottom of each page and then let them draw a picture (ya know, ideally of something that starts with that letter) above the writing line.

For counting, we practice writing a number on each page and then let the kids put that many stickers above it.

What will you use yours for?


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Find more fun and easy preschool ideas on the Preschool page.  You can also find them by clicking on the Preschool button in the header.  Enjoy!   

4 comments:

Polly @ Helping Little Hands said...

I made some like these for my Katie a few years ago. Seth would love it if I made some for him. I never thought of sewing them though. That's much cuter than the staples I used. :)

Brittany said...

Thanks for this idea, Katie! I am going to use this idea for my at-home preschool for my 4 year old twins.

Linda said...

I have a niece that's 3, and she wrote me a wonderful note for her gift for Christmas, I think she'd just love to write with this too.
I can remember when I used to do the same for my children oh so many yrs ago. Some things never change. That's a good thing.Glad that you brought the idea back around. Although I don't remember doing the sewing part. Like that better.

STEPHANIE THOMAS-MANSUY said...

J'adore l'idée. Good job and congratulation for your blog...
Sorry for my english, i am not expert !