Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Converting Coloring Books to Dry Erase Books

We all know how good fine motor practice is for toddlers. However, my toddler is not a huge fan of coloring, drawing, painting etc. I provide lots of opportunities, but they're usually shut down or only last a little while (so frustrating to get out/clean up paint supplies for 2 minutes of painting).

 On the other hand, he is a HUGE fan of all things Preschool Prep. I don't know if it is the artwork or the content or what, but he loves the videos, apps and books we own. For his birthday he received the Meet the Letters Coloring Book. He is strangely obsessed with letters and he loves preschool prep so he LOVED this book. Loved it so much that he received a bike the same day and still preferred the coloring book. Loved it so much it was the first thing he asked for in the morning. I didn't dare let him color in it, for fear he would be devastated when we couldn't un-color it.

Eventually, the pages started falling out, so I came up with the idea to "save it" and make it dry erase.
First, I laminated all the pages and put them in order. (I have used a Scotch laminator for about nine years now and it still works great).
Then I punched all the pages using my binding punch. Then Archer found them and wanted to look through all the letters and find his favorites. Eventually, I put them back in order and put it together with some reusable binding spines. I used 1/2 inch since that is what I had on hand, but 5/8 would have been better. I will switch when I eventually order the next size.
I gave him some dry erase crayons and colored pencils and he really enjoyed coloring in it. I mean, look at that adorable concentration!

Now I might have to buy all of their other coloring books and make them dry erase also!

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