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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Dry Erase Quiet Books

Hi, it’s me again!  (I hope you’re feeling better, Ash!)

Do you ever need an activity to keep your kids, quietly, happily, entertained?  Maybe during Church?  In the waiting room at the doctor’s office?  Long car rides?  When your baby finally falls asleep for a nap and you’re desperate for a him to stay asleep so you need a quiet activity for the other kids?  No?  That’s just me?!  Today we’re going to make dry erase quiet books; the perfect book for hours of nice, quiet fun!

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I’m not taking credit for this.  We were visiting Hubby’s parents one day, and The Queen (my MIL) had this BRILLIANT  idea…

For this project, you’ll need:

  • a 3 ring binder
  • dry erase markers and an eraser
  • plastic page protectors
  • activity sheets and stories from old magazines, coloring books, activity books, or online
  • cardstock
  • a 3 ring zippered pouch to hold the markers

For these dry erase books, we raided the Queen’s stash of The Friend magazine.  We found lots of fun activities and stories.

Print off or tear out all the pages you want for the books.  Include a few sheets of blank cardstock for your kids to doodle on.

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Slide the activity pages, stories, and cardstock into the page protectors.  Make sure these are the smooth plastic page protectors; not the bumpy ones.

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Put the pages into the binders. 

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*Note-- the Legos on the table aren’t part of the books.*  Just thought I’d clear that up.  ;)

Put your markers and eraser into the pouch.  Put the pouch into front of the binder.

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These binders had the clear plastic pocket on the front, so I slid some cardstock into the pocket for doodling.

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See how easy?  Your dry erase books are finished!

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I love the variety in the books.  We have coloring pages, crossword puzzles, word searches, stories, poems, and more in these books.  Lots of fun.  I made four of these books for my boys.  We can rotate the books so they don’t get bored.

You could also do these with name tracing sheets, alphabet pages, shapes, numbers and colors, to help your preschooler get ready for Kindergarten. 

Now you and your kids can enjoy hours of quiet activities!  {whispering}  Have fun!  :)

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6 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! I love love love love this! This would be great for church, car rides, etc.
    Brilliant!

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  2. Okay, that is just brilliant!! I would love for you to link up and share at It's a Party going on right now!
    www.acreativeprincess.blogspot.com

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  3. Stopping by from Show & Share with Southern Lovely! http://queenofsavings.com

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  4. This is such a fabulous idea! I would love for you to share at my Blog Stalking Thursday Link Party!

    http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2012/03/blog-stalking-thursday-33.html

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  5. VERY NICE IDEA!! You can eigther make it personal and educational! LOVE IT!!

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  6. What type of page protectors did you use? Economy pack or a thicker brand? I'm trying to figure out which ones to use first before I buy!

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