Personalized composition book- with a hidden chalkboard!

Personalized composition book- with a hidden chalkboard!

This personalized composition book has a secret- a hidden chalkboard! It’s an easy project for kids and adults to make.

This personalized composition book has a secret- a hidden chalkboard! It's an easy project for kids and adults to make. Back to school, teach, craft, DIY

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Supplies Needed for your personalized composition book

  • Composition book This personalized composition book has a secret- a hidden chalkboard! It's an easy project for kids and adults to make. Back to school, teach, craft, DIY
  • Paper for cover- Get FREE download of printable covers below or use scrapbook paper This personalized composition book has a secret- a hidden chalkboard! It's an easy project for kids and adults to make. Back to school, teach, craft, DIY
  • Tape- Washi, glitter, or duct tape work great!
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Chalkboard adhesive paper- find it here

How to make

  1. Print the cover you’ve chosen or grab an 8.5”x11” piece of scrapbook paper. If you printed, the pattern won’t go quite to the edge of the page. Trim the left edge of the paper unless you’re using wider tape that will cover the unprinted portion. This personalized composition book has a secret- a hidden chalkboard! It's an easy project for kids and adults to make. Back to school, teach, craft, DIY
  2. Apply glue stick to outside of front cover.
  3. Line up paper along the edge of the spine tape and stick down, leaving the edge of the paper hanging over the cover. This personalized composition book has a secret- a hidden chalkboard! It's an easy project for kids and adults to make. Back to school, teach, craft, DIY
  4. Prepare to fold the paper edges around the cover by cutting 2 or 3 “v”s to allow the corners to fold. This personalized composition book has a secret- a hidden chalkboard! It's an easy project for kids and adults to make. Back to school, teach, craft, DIY
  5. Apply glue to the paper hanging over, fold around the cover, and stick down to the inside of the cover. Let the glue dry. This personalized composition book has a secret- a hidden chalkboard! It's an easy project for kids and adults to make. Back to school, teach, craft, DIY
  6. Stick a piece of tape on the front cover to help stick the edge of the paper along the spine, leaving an extra inch or two on each end to fold inside. This personalized composition book has a secret- a hidden chalkboard! It's an easy project for kids and adults to make. Back to school, teach, craft, DIY
  7. Cut a piece of the chalkboard paper to 7.25” x 9.25”.
  8. Stick chalkboard paper to the inside cover to hold the edges of the paper down and create a writing surface. This personalized composition book has a secret- a hidden chalkboard! It's an easy project for kids and adults to make. Back to school, teach, craft, DIY
  9. Optional: Add a chalkboard segment to the front of the cover. This personalized composition book has a secret- a hidden chalkboard! It's an easy project for kids and adults to make. Back to school, teach, craft, DIY
  10. Repeat steps on the back cover. This personalized composition book has a secret- a hidden chalkboard! It's an easy project for kids and adults to make. Back to school, teach, craft, DIY

You can use a regular stick of chalk or a chalk marker on the chalkboard paper.

Enjoy!

This personalized composition book has a secret- a hidden chalkboard! It's an easy project for kids and adults to make. Back to school, teach, craft, DIY

This personalized composition book has a secret- a hidden chalkboard! It's an easy project for kids and adults to make. Back to school, teach, craft, DIY   This personalized composition book has a secret- a hidden chalkboard! It's an easy project for kids and adults to make. Back to school, teach, craft, DIY

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Stop those bad dreams with a Dream Catcher

Stop those bad dreams with a Dream Catcher

Making a dream catcher is a fun project for both kids and adults! Take control of those nighttime worries!

Making a dream catcher is a fun project for both kids and adults! Take control of those nighttime worries!

Supplies Needed

Making a dream catcher is a fun project for both kids and adults! Take control of those nighttime worries!

How to make your dream catcher

  1. Cut the center out of a paper plates.
  2. Punch 20-25 holes around the edge. Making a dream catcher is a fun project for both kids and adults! Take control of those nighttime worries!
  3. Cut a piece of yarn to 3 or 4 feet.
  4. Wrap a small piece of tape around one end of the yarn to make it easier to thread.
  5. Push the other end through one of the holes on the plate and tie a knot to hold it in place.
  6. Thread the yarn through a hole on the other end and randomly zigzag it to other holes. When you get to the end of the yarn, pull off the tape and tie a knot around the plate.
  7. Add more colors of yarn until the holes are filled.
    *You’ll need three holes at the bottom to attach the yarn with feathers. Either leave three holes empty or punch more.
  8. Add a piece of yarn at the top to hang.
  9. Cut three lengths of yarn- (1) 12-18″ and (2) 8-10″
  10. Choose three feathers and tie one on each piece of yarn from step 9.
  11. Thread beads on above the feathers.
  12. Tie these pieces onto the bottom three holes in the plate. Making a dream catcher is a fun project for both kids and adults! Take control of those nighttime worries!
  13. Hang to catch those bad dreams!

Making a dream catcher is a fun project for both kids and adults! Take control of those nighttime worries!

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This post was originally published at Design Dazzle on June 16, 2017. 

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How to create a geoboard with your kids

How to create a geoboard with your kids

Creating a geoboard is a fun STEAM activity you can do with your kids. They’ll quickly be designing geometric shapes and patterns while having a blast!

This activity is courtesy of Science Tots, a nonprofit organization with a mission to connect families and educators with the instruction, tools, and resources to power early S.T.E.A.M. learning.

Creating a geoboard is a fun STEAM activity you can do with your kids. They’ll quickly be designing geometric shapes and patterns while having a blast!

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Supplies

Creating a geoboard is a fun STEAM activity you can do with your kids. They’ll quickly be designing geometric shapes and patterns while having a blast!

Piece of styrofoam – ours was 1” thick (this would work well)

Short dowels – If I’d thought ahead, I would have ordered THESE. It would’ve been easier!

Rubber bands – I used a multi-pack like THIS

 

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STEAM activity: Dance Code!

Our family had so much fun with the new Science Tots activity, Dance Code! Science Tots is a nonprofit organization with a mission to connect families and educators with the instruction, tools, and resources to power early S.T.E.A.M. learning.

Dance Code- STEAM activity for kids. Combine the arts and technology for an educational activity kids will love

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Find your song then dance!

This activity focuses on finding a song your child loves to dance to, then having them teach you a dance and turn it into a movie.

We started with the song Danger Zone, one of my kids’ favorite. They came up with dance moves and told me about them, then we took pictures. They weren’t loving how their steps looked in the photos so my son decided we should draw them instead. To make things easier, I let them draw on my phone and just took screen shots.

Tech time!

I imported the pictures into the Stop Motion app on my phone (find it here). The basic app is free with a few extras you can buy.


Click to watch our movie!

I was actually a little nervous about this part because I wasn’t sure how things would look once we put together their drawings. Turns out, my kids loved this part! If was fun for them to start seeing a little of what they can do- repeat a move, slow down a picture, reverse a picture to show a spin. It was great! They experimented with different speeds and different lengths for individual frames. It was really fun to give them a taste of making their own movie!

Science Tots is a nonprofit organization with a mission to connect families and educators with the instruction, tools, and resources to power early S.T.E.A.M. learning.

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