My Bookmark

What You Need:

  • Card stock
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Colored pencils
  • Scissors
  • Contact paper
  • Book
  • Pen
  • Hole puncher
  • Ribbon

What You Do:

  1. Have your child use a ruler to draw a rectangle on the card stock. The dimensions don't need to be exact, but a shape about two inches wide and seven inches tall is a good reference point.
  2. Let them use scissors to cut out the rectangle.
  3. Have them use colored pencils to decorate the bookmark with designs around the margins, or edges, of the card stock rectangle. Encourage their designs to relate in some way to the book they're reading.
  4. At the top of their bookmark, have them write the book's title.
  5. Let them use this half-finished bookmark as they read their book. Each time they find a quote or a scene that they like in the book, they should write down the quote on the bookmark along with the page number they found it on.
  6. After they've completely gone through the book and picked out their favorite quotes and scenes, help them laminate the bookmark with contact paper. They first need to trace their bookmark twice on the contact paper.
  7. Then have them cut out the contact paper rectangles.
  8. Place the contact paper sheets on the front and back of the bookmark.
  9. Let your child use scissors to trim the edges.
  10. To add one final bit of flare to your child’s homemade bookmark, have them punch out a hole at the top of the bookmark.
  11. Help them tie a ribbon through the hole.

Your child now has a charming personalized bookmark to remember their latest reading adventure!

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