I love fun and educational activities for the kids, but to craft them myself is a struggle. So, I came up with a way to make a dry erase activity book, which also helps me save paper!
Back when my daughter was a toddler, I had to start working with her on educational activities. As a high-needs baby, she required tons of stimulation in order for us both to maintain sanity throughout our day. At the same time, however, searching for and printing off page after page of coloring and activity sheets became a job in and of itself.
Then I began to look for dry erase activity books. But I wasn’t excited with the cost. Not to mention how few pages usually accompanied the dry erase activity books.
Then, I found some sites showing some good ideas about making your own by printing worksheets from the many available sources online, which I began to do. I love that I can find various printables in themes I wish to discuss, including holidays, in our home preschool work. But, to be honest, I don’t like using all the ink in my printer to essentially print out coloring books. But I still found myself exhausted from exploring the internet, constantly having to print pages.
Ultimately, I came up with the DIY dry erase activity book during a Dollar Tree shopping trip. I came across some adorable Sesame Street and basic activity books with tear-out sheets. Later, we scored a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse book. These sparked my idea!
Here’s a list of supplies and other inexpensive ways to create your tot’s dry erase activity book.
How to make your own educational dry erase activity book:
#1 – Pick up educational workbooks with tear-out sheets
Pick up some educational workbooks that are perforated for tearing out the sheets. Often, you can find fabulous workbooks at the Dollar Tree!
#2 – Get Sheet Protectors
#3 – Assemble the dry erase activity book
Tear out your pages and place a single page into a page protector (if you’re using internet printouts that are single-sided, place 2 pages in one protector front and back). Grab a binder that’s large enough to hold all your printouts or tear sheets (mine pictured isn’t large enough) and don’t forget your Crayola Dry Erase Crayons (bright)!
What a great way to get the most use out of your activities!