How to Make Dry Erase Activity Books in 5 Steps (Easy, Fast, & Cheap)

April 23, 2019
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Make fun dry-erase activity books for your kids and students with these 5 easy steps. So simple and so exciting, you will love the finished result (and most importantly, so will the children!) and just how easy they are to clean up and re-use as often as you want! Plus, they are so easy and so inexpensive to make, that you can keep costs low while the fun stays high -- that's not a bad ratio to have!

And because you get to make the contents, you can easily personalize them for any age child (or adult...*cough cough* me *cough*). These DIY erasable activity books are such a great way to keep kids busy and entertained any time there is a lull in activity. I love that they can be used over and over again, and easily cleaned up. And when your kids outgrow them, you can donate them to a school or charity. Or if you're a teacher, you can re-use them over and over again for new classes.

So let's jump right into it...

To Make Dry-Erase Activity Books, You Will Need:

1. Laminating machine. This can be any machine of any level you want. If you are a parent, you can use any little craft laminator from a hobby shop. If you are a teacher or school, you may want to consider a heavier duty option that will last for your higher volumes like the QuickLam or the SprinterLam. Or, alternatively, you can simply take your pages to a shop that laminates for you and do it that way; though, if you plan to do this often, I suggest investing in a laminating machine...once you have one, you will use it for a ton of different things, not just these crafts.

2. Laminating sheets. I personally like the two-sided lamination pouch style, because they double your pages and let you work with two-side printed activities. Laminating pouches come in several thicknesses too; your choice may depend a bit on the age group your're making them for. Younger children may prefer the thicker 10 mil pouches for more rigidity or stability, or older kids may be okay with the thinner 5 or 7 mil options. Your budget will also play into the choice. Most laminating pages come in packs of 100, though, so you will be getting a lot of bang to make lots of books now and in the future.

3. Activity pages. You can choose from any activities you want! Whether you want to make a coloring book, learning worksheets, word searches, puzzles, or anything else, the choice is up to you. One fun idea is to print photos of your family members so they can color on glasses, mustaches, and other silly things that will make them giggle. Here are a few fun places you can find Disney coloring printables, counting money worksheets, and telling time worksheets. But you can also just Google search for "free printables for kids" or "learning worksheets for X year olds" with your child's age and find lots more!

4. Book rings. Choose the size of book ring you want and be sure to get enough for the number of books you are making as well as the number of rings you want per book. Most people will just use 1 ring in the corner, but some teachers like to use 3 along the edge to keep the pages more lined up as they are turned. It is completely up to you.

5. Hole punch. You can use a single hole punch or a 3-hole puncher. If using a single, be sure to have a marking for where to punch for each page so they are all accurate; or you could use just 1 of the holes on a 3-hole puncher and use that edge guide to keep them all the same. Alternatively you could have a 3- or 2- hole punch with adjustable holes if you're putting 2 or 3 rings in each booklet.

6. Optional: Scissors/Ribbons/Beads. These optional items are only needed in some circumstances. You will need a pair of scissors or a trimmer to cut down your pages if you are using a large lamination pouch to laminate multiple cards at ones. You will need ribbons or beads (or any other embellishments) if you want to add a little extra pizzazz to the book rings.

How to Make Dry Erase Activity Books in 5 Steps:

1. Print your activity cards with whatever games or learning tools you want. You can make them any size you would like. Most people like something a bit portable, so will make it a half-sheet or even index-card size, while others like the larger full size pages (especially for younger children).

2. Laminate your activity cards. If laminating multiple cards with one large pouch, cut them to separate. Remember not to ever cut right up against the paper, as that will harm the seal and open the paper to damage; always leave a little edge around your laminated pages (I like 1/4" minimum). If making for younger kids, consider leaving even more to prevent markers going off the page and onto pants, furniture, the floor, etc.

3. Punch a hole in the corner of your cards. You can also punch multiple holes if you want to use more than one ring each down one edge of your cards.

4. Bind the cards together with a book ring, or use multiple book rings. Add any flourishes you want, such as a ribbon or beads to the rings. You can also embellish the 1st page by hot gluing beads and adding stickers.

5. Give them to the kids with a set of dry-erase markers for instant fun (or keep them for yourself... I won't tell)!

These easy and fun DIY activity books for children are perfect for when you're on-the-go. Just make the cards small enough to easily fit into your travel bag or purse and you're all set with exciting activities for on-demand entertainment. Bring it to the airport, to church, to the grocery store, or anywhere else where there could potentially be any kind of lull in excitement or activities -- your kids will love the surprise! Or use them in your classroom, or give them as gifts. Or another great idea is to make them with your kids and donate them to schools, kids charities, or learning groups. Get creative and join in the fun today!


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