Free printable dry erase activity book for kids…perfect for home, on the go, church, in the car, and anywhere!
I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for something to keep my kids quiet and occupied during church, while traveling, and any other time we have to wait anywhere for any length of time. I’ve got some busy kiddos, and I’m sure the people in the church pews in back and in front of us appreciate the effort. :)
DIY DRY ERASE ACTIVITY BOOK
They fit easily in a diaper bag, purse, or church bag. I created half sheets with activity and coloring pages, then laminated them, and used book rings to hold them together. I LOVE LOVE how they turned out, and my kids are crazy over them. It’s a hit!
These would also make super fun gifts for any child–birthday, Christmas, or just because! Add learning worksheets, word searches, coloring pages, church-oriented pages, and more. These are easy to personalize for any age, and a great way to keep kids busy and entertained. I love that they can be used over and over again, and easily cleaned up.
Here’s how I did it!
DRY ERASE ACTIVITY BOOK SUPPLIES
– dry erase activity book pdf file (download below)
-white cardstock (not textured)
-laminator (or access to a store that does laminating, i.e. Staples or Office Max)
-book rings (3 per book)
DRY ERASE ACTIVITY BOOK DIRECTIONS
Download the files below and print on to white cardstock.
Using your paper trimmer, cut each piece of cardstock in half, separating the two images. If you cut them exactly in half, it would make them 5.5 inches wide. I took off an extra 16th of an inch from the side that was originally in the middle of the whole paper (in the example above, between the bee and the apple). I did this so the two halves would easily fit in my 8.5 x 11 lamination sheet, plus leaving a little for a border in between them.
I bought it on amazon.com, and it has been one of the best investments I’ve made. If you do a lot of laminating, or would like to, you may want to consider getting one of your own. I can guarantee I would have spent a lot more paying per project to get things laminated!
I wanted to have activities on each side of the pages in my book, so I put two half sheets back to back together in my laminating sheet. I did that twice, so that I was actually able to fit 4 half sheets total on each page. I made sure to put the pages back-to-back that I wanted together in my book, because once they’re together, there’s no changing things, lol! For example, with the alphabet, I had A and B together, C and D together, and so on. I also grouped all the coloring pages together, learning pages together (and into sub-categories, like colors together, shapes together, money together, etc.) and church pages together. I laid them out in groups of two ahead of time, just to make sure it was the way I wanted it.
Here are my sheets laminated–with two just like it on the back:
If you take yours in to get laminated, follow the same procedure: Trim them as outlined above, and direct the store to laminate them back-to-back. Laminating them like this will not only save you money, but will allow you to fit more pages in your book without it getting to thick. If you want specific pages together, make sure you paper clip them together, and let them know.
Take your scissors and cut the laminated pages in half! Organize them as you want them in your book(s). I decided to make three books for a couple of reasons–first, with over 100 images, I had 50 sheets, and that was too fat for one book. It also means that more than one child can be using one, which is essential at our house. :)
Once they are organized how you want them to be, use your hole punch to punch three holes down the side of each page. To punch in the same spot on each page, and ensure even spacing, this works wonders: punch your first page, then use it as a guide for each page after that. Just lay the punched page on top of the un-punched page, and punch!
Slide the pages onto book rings, then add a little ribbon for fun! I can never resist ribbon, lol.
Now you’re ready to use them!!! Get ready for some excited kids! I found the dry erase crayons at Walmart for around $4. They are washable, and come with a cloth to clean your pages. It works okay, but I’ve found that a baby wipe is perfect, removes all traces, and I always have one in my bag or car. ENJOY!!!
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