Your child creates the project of her dreams – literally – when she makes a unique, personalized dream journal!
What You Need:
- Several sheets of 8 ½” x 11” white paper
- Two 6” x 9” inch pieces of cardboard
- 3 binder rings
- Hole punch
- Decorations: magazine cut-outs, stickers, beads, scrapbook paper cut-outs, all with designs related to sleep, dreams, or nighttime
- Liquid glue
What You Do:
- Help your child decide how many pages she wants inside her dream journal, a notebook for recording and analyzing her dreams. If she wants ten sheets of paper in the journal, get five pieces of the white paper to fold in half. If she wants 12 journal pages, get six pieces, etc.
- Prepare two pieces of cardboard for your child, about 6” x 9” each. These will be the front and back covers for her journal.
- Help her use a hole punch to put three holes in the front cover. Line up the folded white sheets under the front cover and make three hole punches in those sheets to match the holes in the cover. Help her hole punch the back cover in a similar way so that it lines up with everything else.
- She can use the three binder rings to attach everything (front cover, inside pages and back cover).
- Now comes the fun part: decorating the journal! She can use glue to attach magazine cut-outs, cardboard shapes, beads, or scrapbook paper cut-outs with sleep, nighttime or dream designs. She can also attach stickers to both covers. Have her write “My Dream Journal” in pencil on the cover. After she is happy with her lettering placement, she can darken the letters with a marker.
- She can use the journal to record her dreams and what she thinks her dreams mean. Dream big!
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.