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Book Art Activity

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Books are best for reading, but sometimes a well-loved book can wear out. Breathe new life into a battered old paperback with this creative book art craft that revolves around reading!

What You Need:         

  • Old paperback book
  • Scissors
  • Paper, pencil
  • Hot glue gun
  • Optional: Yarn, invisible tape, permanent markers, paints and paint brushes

What You Do:

  1. Provide your child with an old paperback book that you no longer plan to use. Help him remove the front and back covers of the book.
  2. Let him use a paper, pencil, and scissors to create a stencil of a half-circle shape, like a big capital D. The stencil must fit on the pages of the book. The straight side of the stencil should be the same length as the book page, and the curved part should not go past the book page’s outer edge.
  3. Next, your child can place the stencil over the first page, and cut out the book page around the stencil.
  4. Your child will probably not have to use the stencil again unless cutting becomes difficult without it. He can cut all the other pages to match the half-circle shape of the first page. If the pages are thin enough, he can cut more than one page at a time to make the cutting go faster.
  5. When he has finished cutting all the pages (which may take a while), he can fold the book’s binding back to open up the book into a circle. 
  6. Help him use the hot glue gun to glue the first page to the last one, and to glue edges of the inner binding together to hold the book open in a circle. 
  7. He can adjust spacing of his globe pages by gluing some together with the glue gun if pages need to be “fanned out” more, or if there is too much space between some pages.
  8. He may wish to decorate his book art with paint on the page edges, or with marker colors. He can also tape a piece of yarn to the top to hang the unique décor. Hang it near a bookshelf, or in a home or school library, to encourage both reading and art in your home!
Beth Levin has an M.A. in Curriculum and Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She has written educational activities for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and Renaissance Learning publishers. She has a substitute teaching credential for grades K-12 in Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

Updated on Apr 17, 2014
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