Dry Erase Activity Book for Kids

 Free printable dry erase activity book for kids…perfect for home, on the go, church, in the car, and anywhere!  

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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.  :)

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)

-paper trimmer

-scissors

-book rings (3 per book)

-ribbon

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.

Time to laminate!  I have to say, my laminator (affiliate link) is one of my most favorite possessions, and absolutely worth the $25 it cost!!  This is the one I have:

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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67 Comments

  1. I love this idea! Thanks for explaining it so well. I have a laminator and it is one of my favorite things too:)

    1. You are so welcome! Happy to know someone else ♥’s their laminator as much I as do. :) XO

  2. Hi Kierste,

    I am in love with your books! Everything in them looks fantastic. Is there anyway you can share the file to your books all ready to be printed? I want to make a bunch of them for my kids, and my nieces. It would save me a ton of time, and I’ve looked through some of the sites and my computer doesn’t seem to be copying things the way it should.

    Please help!
    Megan

  3. Kierste, I just found this on Pinterest and am so excited. Going to make the files right now and pick up some cardstock tonight so I can put my printer and laminator to work. I have five girls, four of them are young enough that they will enjoy these very much. Maybe I can come put with some quiz ones for my teen!!

    1. Yay!! I’m so glad you found me, and I think your girls are going to love them! If you’re interested if my files–so you can just print them–let me know!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

  4. Kierste, love your blog. Was wondering if I could get the files you printed for your books. Their super cute!
    Thanks :)

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hello!! I sent the files to your e-mail address–let me know if you don’t get them!!! xoxo

  5. Kierste, you have the cutest stuff! I had no clue I could get a laminator for that cheap! I’m always looking to laminate projects. Thank you!! Could you email me the files?

    1. Thank you so much!! Yes–laminators are so reasonable, and I use it all the time! The files are actually in the post–toward the bottom, just click on the link! xoxo

  6. I absolutely loved this idea! So I featured this on my blog and shared with my readers how well the activity books worked for me. Thanks for the inspiration and the free printables. http://howlinghorn.blogspot.com/2014/01/dry-erase-activity-books_27.html

  7. What a great idea! I can’t wait to try this out. Can you tell me how many sheets you ended up using? As you mention, there are so many great printables it is hard to choose. I have a 3 yr old as well….do you happen to notice what her interest level was given the number of pages you used? Any lessons learned about that project?

    Great post, great blog. Ana

    1. I made three different books, and I think I used about 50 sheets of cardstock–with two to a page. I’ve had good success with the number of pages, because it was intended for times when they had to sit still for a while–at church, in the car, waiting for an appointment, etc. and I wanted them to last a little while. I made three different books, and I’m so glad that I did that–it gives varying choices, and they can choose which one they want. Make sure you always carry baby wipes to erase the dry erase crayons–the rag that comes with it is hard for kids to use, but the wipes take it right off! Have fun!! It’s one of my kids’ favorites!! xoxo

  8. Hi Kierste,
    Thank you so much for this. I have some ok ideas in my brains but am horrible at execution. I’m only a couple of steps in so far, but with all your clear instructions, I reckon this is going to be a success!
    Lets hope the plane trip is just as good…
    Thanks,
    Naomi

  9. Would you be willing to share your files with me? I’m working on making educational books for my children and this would save a lot of time! Thank you for the awesome idea! I love it and am so excited to make some for my little ones!

  10. I have been looking for some ideas for Christmas gifts for my grandchildren and found your idea on Pinterest. How fun! If wouldn’t mind, please email me your files as well. No need to reinvent the wheel! Thanks!

    1. Sure! I just switched computers, so I’ll need to get on my other computer to get the files—will you e-mail me to remind me? simplykierste@yahoo.com

      So glad you found me!!! xoxo

    2. Claudia,

      I realized that they are already in the post, at the bottom! The dry erase books, and the cover! I momentarily forgot, because I added them at a later time because of requests. xoxo

  11. I am so wanting to make these for my grandkids but when i downloaded the files that you have the whole picture is not on the paper. Am I doing something wrong or is there a way to make them work?
    Thanks

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