Making Books With Your Child's Drawings
Making toddler books using your child's drawings is a great way to encourage them to draw as well as show them you value their work. It also encourages interest in books at an early age.
Collections of children's drawings are a wonderful keepsake. It is simply amazing to watch how their pictures evolve in a short period of time.
- White Xerox Paper for drawing the pictures
- Construction paper or Cardstock
- Glue Stick
- Markers or Crayons
- Scrapbook Scissors (optional)
- White Stick on Labels for easy Printing of Words
- Colorful Duck Tape or Washi tape to cover the staples.
- Select drawings to be used.
- With your child's assistance, arrange pictures in order to be glued on pages.
- Use glue stick to adhere pictures to construction paper or card stock.
- Discuss picture with your child and come up with a simple sentence or two for each.
- Bind your book by stapling and cover staples with colorful tape.
Tips and Suggestions
- Have the markers or crayons in a plastic container or pencil box to reinforce putting away when finished.
- Select one media at a time to finish a picture at first so they become familiar what markers can do vs. crayons, colored pencils, chalk and other media.
- Start collecting those scrap papers you discard from printing for drawing.
This is a self portrait at 2 years 11 months and then 3 years 11 months
Collect your child's pictures in a binder, put the date on the back. You will be amazed at the developmental growth and so will your child.
While teaching Kindergarten I would collect pieces of art throughout the year and put it in a velo bound book to take home at the end of the year.
The first page was a picture drawn of themselves on the first day of school. The last was a picture about themselves drawn at the end of the school year with art projects throughout the year.
For many, their favorite were those two pictures. It was so cute to hear their expressions of amazement of how they drew themselves at the beginning of the year!