How to make blank toddler board books

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on July 1, 2012

in DIY, Toddler Blank Board Books, Uncategorized

My grandson loves board books and I love blank books so I thought I would combine the two and create my own toddler blank board books…

In the past, I have always purchased store bought blank books for my preschool students to use in the classroom but they are made with paper and wouldn’t work well for my grandson. So I decided to try making a few different kinds of blank board books for my grandson to explore.

In my preschool classroom, the blank books are used primarily for journal writing and for our word wall journals. Since my grandson is a toddler, we wont be using the blank board books for writing. Instead, I will be adding different objects or photos or pictures to the board books based upon whatever I find around the house or what I think my grandson will enjoy exploring…

The cardboard to make each board book is from Staples Office Supply and is actually called “Illustration Board.”  Illustration board is a little thicker and sturdier than poster board but not too thick or easy to puncture like foam board.  I cut each piece of illustration board into rectangles that measure approximately 4″ x 6″…

I made two different types of blank board books.  The first type is just a simple open-and-close book with two of the cardboard rectangle pieces attached together with a strip of duct tape…

To make the open-close board books, set two rectangle pieces of cardboard short end to short end on top of a wide piece of duct tape. Leave a small gap between the cardboard pieces so they will open and close completely.  Wrap the duct tape around the two pieces and press the tape down firmly on both sides of the book….

You can also wrap the edges of the board book in duct tape if you wish.  I decided to wrap the edges of some of my books and may decide to wrap them all but like I said, this is a work in progress….

The second type of toddler blank board book I made is called a “Turn-Around Board Book.”  That is the name I gave it because it doesn’t actually have a beginning and an end – it just keeps going around and around and it sits up nicely on a table or on the floor…

The turn-around board books are just a few more steps then the open-close books.  You still start with two pieces just as I have explained above but then you keep adding one more piece of cardboard at a time until you have the number of pages you would like in your turn-around board book. The turn-around books take longer to make and you can’t wrap the duct tape around each piece you have to actually tape each side one at a time.  And if you put the edges of the boards close together, they will not close flat. If you leave a small gap in between each board, they will close flat.  I tried it both ways and as you can see in the photo below, this could simply be an open-close book with more than just two pages but I chose to keep it as a turn around book for now…

My grandson did run around a bit with the blank books but at the time, I hadn’t added anything to the pages yet.  I will soon share with you my completed Toddler Board Books and I think you will be surprised at what I decided to do to make them interactive and interesting.  Of course, I still need to see if my grandson likes them as much as I do!

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Make Your Own Twig Book from The Handmade Ventures of Captain Crafty

DIY Board Books from Naptime Crafters

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