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Making a mini book is an easy activity. As we are entering a new season I thought it would be fun to make some books about fall or spring (depending on where you live). Just print, assemble and fill in. They are super fun and kids love making them!
There is an excited hum in the children’s room at the library. It’s that time of year again!
It’s time to make mini books and the preschoolers just love this activity.
Mini books can be used for short stories, drawings, art projects. They can also be about particular subjects. As we are entering a new season I thought it would be fun to make some books about fall or spring (depending on where you live).
Making a book doesn’t have to be complicated. To make it super easy I have created some free printables.
1. To begin download the cover page, print on card stock, and cut it in half along the dotted line.
Download the fall book covers here
Autumn book covers here
Spring book covers here
2. Now download the pages, print several copies on plain paper, and cut them in half along the dotted line. This is a mini book, so try to keep it between 6-10 pages.
Download the fall pages here
Autumn pages here
Spring pages here
3. Now the fun begins! Sit down with your child and show them the covers and pages of the book. Explain that you are going to decorate them and fill the pages with things that remind you of spring/fall/autumn.
You could use
- Seasonally themed stickers
- Drawings of things you see or do in the spring/fall/ autumn
- Spring or fall words
- Photographs showing signs of spring and fall/ autumn – if possible let your child take the pictures.
- Pictures cut from magazines/catalogs
- A page filled with the colors of the season
- A page filled with spring/ fall/ autumn shapes
- Leaf rubbings
- Leaf prints
- Rubber stamps
- Foam shapes
Let your child take the lead and be prepared to act as scribe if needed.
4. Place the finished pages between the covers and secure with staples. If you prefer you can punch holes and tie the books together with yarn or ribbon.
Making mini books is a really easy family project
This is definitely a fun thing to do with children. I make books with the story time group at the library and they love it every time. I watch with delight as parents and kids work together on the project. It provides opportunity for all kinds of informal chatting and connection and they have a lot of fun!
It is also a great way to get kids excited about books and provides the opportunity to be creative and practice writing.
When you are done see if you can share the book with someone else. Most family members, neighbors, friends, and even friendly librarians enjoy seeing these creations and will give lots of encouragement.
I hope you’ll give this activity a try! Please let me know how it goes! What did your child put in their book?
Want more Fall and Spring Activities?
Check out my seasonal boards on Pinterest