DIY

HomeMade Books For Toddlers 🖍

With books becoming more and more expensive, there are times we do not always have the resources to supply or we simply do not know which books to start with!

Here is an idea I came up with during Zuri’s infant years. I absolutely loved reading to her and even though we had a pile of awesome books I wanted something special and tailored to her personally. So what better way then to create a book about her life and the loved ones in it! With the idea in mind that she will be able to relate, connect and recognize. So I printed off pictures of her over the months and her family. I simply went to my local CVS pharmacy and printed 20 pictures for $5. I was able to create this order online then picked them up when I was notified they were ready.

I was a preschool teacher for 4 years therefore I’ve always kept little crafty nic nacs around the house, one essential being construction paper. If you do not have construction paper, you may purchase a pack at your local dollar store, 20pages sometimes more for only $1. I purchased some glue sticks also $1 and got to work! Zuri was around 6 months when I created this book so I did choose to get it laminated for eating, slob and tearing purposes.

This book helped Zoe identify members of her family and most importantly herself! She is now 24 months of age and this is still one of her favorite books, only this time she is reading to me ☺️

Here’s a list of tools I used to create her book and where you may be able to find these items dependent upon state:

  • Construction paper- $1 for a pack of 20 or pages or more
  • Glue sticks- $1 for a pack of 2 or 4
  • Hole puncher- $1 for handheld
  • Key rings- $1 for a pack of 10 (if I remember correctly)

I did get this book laminated at Fed Ex shipping center for $15-20. The cost varies on the number of pages. These are the simple essentials you would need to create homemade books. Now, for toddler aged humans I recommend getting a bunch of random craft items from the dollar store, set them out then allow their creativity and imagination to run wild!

Now if your child is of age to comprehend basic communication I highly reccommend engaging them in the book making process. Discuss with them what they would like their book to be about, what items you may need to create it then take them to the store and allow them to shop for those items. Each activity with your child should be a bonding experience. You learn so much by just observing and engaging with your little one. It builds closeness, confidence and self assurance within your little one knowing they are loved and supported.