Easy Handmade Books for Young Writers

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A few months ago, I got to teach writing workshop in second grade. I taught them how to make an easy handmade book that they could replicate at home. All one needs is paper, a paperclip, and a rubber band.

We made word collection books. The kids used them in reading, where they copied down words they LOVED; and in writing, where they incorporated their collection of amazing, luscious words in poems and stories.

Easy DIY Handmade Books for Kids

1. Cut the paper to the size you want. We used blank, colored, and recycled paper.

easy handmade books

2. Fold in half and hole punch the pages on the top and the bottom.

easy handmade books

3. Thread the paper clip through a rubber band. Thread the rubber band through the top hole.

easy handmade books

4. Bring the rubber band down and through the bottom hole. Attach to the bottom of the paper clip.

easy handmade books

5. You’re done and ready to write!

easy handmade books

Make these ahead of time with your child. Stack in your writing area or art center for easy access.

Need ideas of what to write about? Start a HUMONGOUS list by looking at your own library of books, stacks of mail, . . . anything written. What do other people write about? Scribble, draw, and color those idea seeds in your gigantic list so you’re never without an idea.

What do you think? Don’t ya love it?

Try this Easy Handmade Book with Tape and Staples.
Make your own book with a stick and rubber band.
Follow Melissa Taylor @ImaginationSoup’s board Writing prompts on Pinterest.

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  5. Kathleen Tutor says:

    Great idea! I am going to use a travel magazine for cover pictures of far away places, animals and scenes for adventure stories, cartoons for silly character tales, etc. Appreciate the rubber band binding!

  6. Amanda Taylor says:

    I really love this idea!

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