Saturday, June 21, 2014

Dollar Store Birthday Books

It's time for "Bright Ideas" for the month of June.  Do you need a cheap, easy way to make your students birthday books? I went to the Dollar Tree this week in search of some dominoes, when I passed these birthday sacks.  Well, these sacks were too cute,  so I bought 2 packages ($2.00) along with a basket full of other fun things.   Who can leave the dollar store with just 2 items?  Not me!  

 Option #1 (See top 2 photos)

1.  Open up the sack and remove the bottom part of the sack.  You can use scissors to cut it off or just pull on the bottom tabs and open them.

2.  Cut around the fold around the bottom on the sack.

3.  Fold the sack in half by laying flat at the natural fold. You will have 2 choices for the front cover. (See top 2 pictures).

4.  Cut on the side fold and open.

5.  Place paper inside the book.  I use 2 sheets of folded copy paper, but you can also use lined notebook paper too.

6.  Staple on the left side.

Option #2

1.  Follow the steps 1-3.

2.  Cut on both sides of the paper sack.

3.  Cut the thin side off of one side and save for later.

4.  Put paper to fit inside of book.  The inside binding will make the book sturdier.

5.  Staple on the left side.

Laminate the leftover sides of the sacks and make birthday bookmarks.

If you choose Option #1 or #2, you can make 20 books for $2.00 without using any color ink.  They are bright, colorful, and fun!

When your students have a birthday, let them choose a birthday book and bookmark. They can write about their birthday in their book and share with the class.  Another option is to have your class write "Happy Birthday" and sign their name to give to the birthday student. If they are older children, they can write a birthday message and even create the birthday books by themselves.  Just place them in your writing center.

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  1. What a great, economical idea! Love this! My class illustrates a page for the birthday kid but we just staple construction paper covers on their birthday book.

  2. love this idea! Thanks for the great tip!