100 Days of Play: Making Mini Books With Kids

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Mini Circle Book Project to MAke with Your Kids • Artchoo.com 

Books are such fun art projects for kids. Making them is a project in itself, and then filling them up is a whole different adventure. My Sketchbook Cover Ideas post was one of my most popular so far, so it’s apparent many of you like book projects for kids, too!

This one is celebrating Spring with some bright colors and playful dots. I love dots. A lot.

Materials:

  • Watercolor paper
  • Acrylic paints
  • Office stickers
  • Printer paper or drawing paper
  • Hole punch (single)
  • Embroidery thread
  • Beads

Here’s what you do:

Grab a piece of watercolor paper and stick office dot stickers all over it.

Using acrylic paints, (you can use watercolors instead; the acrylics are just nice and bright) paint half of the paper one color and half another. We used green and yellow because they are Springariffic.

Making Mini Circle Books with Kids • Artchoo.com

Peel the dots off and trace a bowl or something round on the back of the paper on each color.

Cut out the circles, and these are your covers for your book.

Tracing a bowl • Artchoo.com

Use the same bowl to cut out a small stack of printer paper. Holding the stack in between the two covers, use a hole punch to press into the edge of the stack. Unless you are super strong, you probably won’t punch through, but the indentations left in the paper will show you where to punch through a few pieces at a time.

Tie your embroidery thread through the hole, looping it through twice. Double knot.

Fastening the mini cirlce book • Artchoo.com

Tie your beads on and snip off the leftover thread.

We used a metal ruler to hold on top of each cover to bend it back. This creases it somewhat and makes the book easier to open.

Creasing to make a book cover easier to open • Artchoo.com

 

Boom! Sketch or write to your heart’s content

tiny circle book • Artchoo.com

 

For more inspiration, check out 17 Acrylic Painting Techniques to Try With Kids.

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Comments

  1. says

    What a really cool idea; you are so creative! Now why didn’t I think of that?! By the way, thanks for stoppin’ by my site and leaving a comment on my Boston post. I would have replied but you are marked as no-reply :o( As for the Borders Cafe, I’m actually not too sure if it’s still there! But I do agree about MIT and Harvard Campuses (they are gorgeous). I used to be at the MIT campus a lot when my mom worked for them. I would go in a lot and help her. Her boss was a sweetie pie! It was just a beautiful part of town!

  2. says

    Hi Jeanette

    Great design! Kids will LOVE using those stickers. These books are great for kids (and adults) of all ages.

  3. says

    What a fun and simple little book! My kids love little things like this. Thanks for a fun idea, and a great activity to share for our 100 Days of Play! Thanks for being a part of our fun. I’ve got you scheduled to post over at SunScholars soon, and I’ve shared you everywhere I am :)

  4. says

    Fun! My kids love notebooks. I love the polkadots. Also it would be interesting to see what they draw on the round pages!

  5. says

    How did you know I’ve been thinking about a book making craft but had no idea how to do it? This looks so perfect for the summer! I love the 100 Ideas of Play series too!

  6. says

    I love this, it’s adorable. It reminds me of the time I used to make mini books when I was a kid. Sticker books, actually. My sister and I would wax the inside of the card paper we used. I have no idea how we learned to do that. :)

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