Simple Blank Book

Simple Blank Book

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Carrie McBride
May 14, 2010
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Many kids love to imagine and tell their own stories; how about providing them with a simple, custom blank book to record them in? This fast, easy project produces a book that kids of all ages love. Older kids can write and illustrate their own stories; younger ones can draw pictures or make collages. And the steps are simple enough that even preschoolers can help make the booklet.

Materials:

• one sheet of construction paper (8 1/2" x 11")
• three (or more) sheets of plain paper (8 1/2" x 11")
• hole punch
• ribbon or yarn (16")

Instructions:

1. Take 3 sheets of plain paper and fold them in half along the 11" side. Fold your construction paper in the same manner, and then lay the plain paper on top of the construction paper (the construction paper is serving as a "cover" for your book).

2. Line the paper up so that all edges are flush, then punch two holes along the center fold, one towards the top and one towards the bottom.

3. Thread the ribbon through these holes so the ends come out on the cover side of the book.

4. Tie the ribbon snugly to create the binding of your book.

You can embellish the cover by using patterned paper or stickers, or thread beads onto the ribbon on the outside of the book for a really stunning binding.

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