I had the pleasure of reviewing this book: Making Books with Kids (*affiliate link*), recently.
My youngest (who is 10) and I picked out a few types of books to make, and played around with them.
The instructions are written clearly, and the books are easy enough for my daughter to make on her own. There are even pages to cut out to make pop-up books, which she can’t wait to try.
I was interested in doing a stitched binding book (of course) and I chose to use all recycled materials, which was a creative choice on my part.
I folded each page in half with the folded crease facing the edge, so paints and markers would be less likely to bleed through to the back.
My girl had so much fun painting and drawing on these. So did I.
For the covers, I used old paper bags we had.
These books were quick and easy to whip up, and we only needed a few tools! A bone folder is helpful, scissors (or paper cutter), awl, needle and embroidery thread.
We used a permanent marker and watercolors, but you really can embellish with anything, depending how thick your paper is.
This book is one we have gladly added to our personal library as it will be sure to get lots of use! I love the verstility of these crafts and that it inspired us to sit down and create. Anything that does that is a big thumbs up in my book.