Make a Paperbag Book in Honor of Dr. Seuss!

by Kris on March 2, 2009

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“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is YOUER than YOU!”

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! What a great day it is to have some fun with your children as you celebrate the love of reading in honor of Dr. Seuss! Did you make green eggs and ham for breakfast this morning? Don’t worry if you woke up this morning and completely forgot about what day it was! (Your children will surely remind you as they run in from school today!)

Celebrating the love of reading can take shape in many different ways today. But one of the most important things you can do is to just sit down for a few minutes and read with your child. There’s nothing quite like it! Enjoy that time together!

If you’re feeling a little more zealous, you might enjoy doing an activity which you can download for free on our site! They’re called “Paper Bag Books” and they’re very easy to make and a lot of fun to do with your children!

It’s even a great way to introduce sewing a straight seam to the child who is wanting to sew.  My daughter LOVED making her own book and being able to use the sewing machine! 

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Once the pages are assembled together, your child can color, make a joke book, or even write his/her own story!

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Last night when I was searching the web for some fun ideas to do with my children today, About.com had an idea that I think can incorporate my paper bag books just perfectly! They suggested to give children a variety of craft supplies and recycling items (for example, glue, toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, pipe cleaners, felt, yarn, pom-poms, wiggle eyes, etc.) and challenge them to create their own unique creature like those in many of Dr. Seuss’ books. Encourage them to write a story about their creature.  What a great way to let them create and use their imaginations…and I know that we all have PLENTY of these craft supplies around our homes!

cimg0174Did you know that we have a “Kids Can Make This” section of the site? All projects found there are FREE! If you would like the  step-by-step directions on how to put paper bag books together, you can find them HERE!  Enjoy!

{ 4 comments }

1 Trina 03.02.09 at 11:05 am

We have done this and it’s so fun to sew on paper! My daughter loved it. I drew the line for her and helped guide her hand, but she did the peddle on the sewing machine. She felt really big :)

2 Courtney @ Sister To Sister 03.02.09 at 11:49 am

Kris, I LOVE This project! The girls and I made them this summer!

We just found out that my grandmother has cancer. This would be the perfect thing for the girls to make to cheer her up!

Thanks for reminding me!

3 Glenda 03.02.09 at 1:02 pm

Are you going to finish up the sew along quilt. I was just wondering or should I go ahead and finish the backing myself. Thanks………

4 Kim 03.02.09 at 2:24 pm

Hi Glenda,
Yes, we’ll be finishing that up on the blog. The next part is scheduled for this Tuesday. I’m excited to see what you’re making!

Kim

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