Saturday, January 4, 2014

Reading Rainbow: DIY Kid's Color Book

Happy New Year !  

I haven't been blogging for quite a while due to working one of the biggest DIY projects of our life: a baby ! We are due in February and are extremely excited for our little person to join our family.  The beginning of the pregnancy was rough but it has gotten much better.  We have been working on the nursery and I'll reveal some photos once it is finished.  

But on to the book I made.  I know it's a little soon to be teaching our Peanut (yes...we are waiting to find out the gender) his or her colors, but I couldn't pass up making a book like the one on this wonderful blog post I found via Pinterest.  I love colors and ROY-G-BIV and thought the idea was the cutest ever to help teach colors.  I think it is great that there are different shades of each color to help the kid see differences in the same color.  Plus I had some stickers and scrap paper lying around that needed to be used.  So when it came time to make the book, I dug up some swatches I had collected that showed off all the colors of the rainbow.

I decided to use a Zutter Bind-It machine that I got for Christmas last year.  I've only used it once so far and figured this would be a great project to use it on.  If you don't have a binding machine, you could staple it together or punch holes and use binder rings like my "pinspirational" blogger did. 

For extra support, I glued each swatch to a piece of white scrapbook paper (there are two swatches per white page - they are back-to-back).  Then I rounded out the corners as well. After I did that, I used the binding machine to put all the pages together.

Once it looked like a book, I used a combination of letter stickers and my Cricut machine to label each color page with the corresponding colored word.  I also put some matching colored stickers on each page.  For the cover page, I used a star-shaped punch and punched out each color, stuck them on the front and used black stickers to say "My Book Of Colors." 

Here's the final product:

So you'll notice there is no "indigo" and "violet" magically turned into purple.  I can't remember teaching a kid (or learning when I was a child) the color "indigo" or calling the color purple, "violet" (unless, of course, when I learned ROY-G-BIV...or in Spanish class- violeta).

I love it !  I can't wait for our little one to learn his or her colors using this homemade book of colors.  I'll probably add a few more color stickers to each page - maybe colored shapes or other animals for extra learning.  

What educational projects have you made for your little ones?

Now you can Do It Yourself Too !


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