Friday, August 31, 2012

Craft Blogger-Decorated Notebooks Back to School Craft

Decorated Notebooks Preschooler Craft

by Natalie from SippyCupMom.com
for Ages 3+ with Adult Participation and Supervision



It seems like my kids are constantly writing now. My daughter just turned six; she started reading and writing last school year. She writes us the sweetest notes and leaves them for us to find around the house. Our son is turning four next month. He gets a kick out of writing long combinations of letters and laughing hysterically as we do our best to sound them out! How fun would it be for them to have personalized notebooks that they decorated themselves to write all of these wonderful things in?

Supplies: 
15 minutes plus drying time. 

Prep:
Cut a piece of construction paper that is the same size as the cover of the notebook.

Instructions:
Apply a thin layer of glue across the cover of the notebook, paying special attention to the edges. Place the pre-cut construction paper that will serve as the background on the notebook cover and smooth out any wrinkles or air bubbles. Cut shapes of all sizes and colors. Then create your own flower garden, solar system, bug party or work of abstract art! 








The sky is the limit with this craft! Add some googly eyes or glitter glue! We used it as an educational opportunity and showed our son a picture of the solar system and explained how each planet had different characteristics.  If your kids are younger and you don't want them to use paper punches or scissors, you could cut various shapes out ahead of time. This craft can encourage creativity, imagination along with dexterity and fine motor skills. It will also give your child an exciting place to practice their writing skills!


I love crafting, scrapbooking, drawing, jewelry making, soap making and cake decorating. And now I have three silly little helpers to assist in these projects! My oldest is a bubbly, artistic girl, the middle child is a sweet little boy who draws rocket ships and race cars and the youngest divides her time between actually coloring and attempting to eat the crayons!  I share my fun crafting adventures on the Sippy Cup Mom blog in my "Make It Pretty Wednesdays" segment. In addition to this, we write about life with kids, travel, reviews, giveaways and much more!

5 comments:

Ericka said...

this is such a great idea.

Valley Learning Center said...

This is great post! I came across your blog trying to find crafts for kids. Thanks for sharing!

Chelsey Marashian said...

I love this! Such a great way to encourage writing in a fun way! Thanks so much for sharing on Discover & Explore this week!

Stephanie said...

What a fun way to get kiddos involved in back-to-school preparation and writing! Thanks so much for sharing on Discover & Explore!

Stephanie said...

Thanks for linking up to Discover and Explore this week! I'm featuring these today ;) (Stephanie @ Twodaloo)

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