Cracker Jack Book- Cut the front and back off a box of Cracker Jacks. Cut paper the size of the box and give each child a piece to draw a picture of what they’d like to find for a prize. Punch a hole in the upper left corner and tie with a ribbon.
Animal Cookie Book- Cut the front and back off a box of animal cookies. Cut paper the size of the box and ask children to draw a picture of their favorite zoo animal. Staple their drawings between the front and back of the box. Re-attach the string handle.
Pets – Cut the front and back off a box of dog biscuits. Cut paper the size of the box and give a sheet to each child. Children draw pictures of their pets and write stories about them. (If they don’t have a pet, encourage children to draw a picture of a pet they would like to have.) Put their pictures in between the front and back of the box , hole punch, and bind together.
Cereal Box Book – Ask each child to bring in the box from their favorite cereal. Cut off the front of the box. Write “Child’s name eats name of cereal.” on a strip of paper and glue it on the bottom of the box as shown. Make a cover for the book that says, “What’s for Breakfast?” Hole punch the cereal boxes together and bind with book rings.
Hint! Trim the boxes to a standard size before making the book.
Grocery Sack Book- Cut the fronts and backs off grocery sacks. Let each child decorate a page with a nursery rhyme or song they like. Add the words to each illustration, and then hole punch and bind together.
Hint! Collect sacks from fast food restaurants. Glue a sack on each page of a grocery
sack book and write “We eat…”
Gift Bag Book- Cut the front and back off a gift bag. Cut paper the size of the gift bag and give a sheet to each child to draw a picture and write a story. Staple children’s pictures between the back and front of the gift bag.
Hint! Buy a seasonal bag each month and make a class book.
Phone Book – Cut the front and back off your local phone book. Have each child write her name and phone number and draw her picture on a sheet of paper. Bind their pictures between the cover of the phone book. Place this book on a shelf with an old cell phone so they can practice calling their friends.
Hint! Older children could write their last name and then their first name just like it would be in a phone book. Alphabetize these to make your phone book.