How to Make a Dry Erase Activity Book the Kids Will Love

by Ivy B
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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 [easyazon_link keywords=”dry erase activity books” cloak=”n” locale=”US” localize=”y” nw=”y” nf=”y” tag=”ivsvabasaan0a-20″]dry erase activity books[/easyazon_link].  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 a dry erase activity book for kids. All the supplies you need to make an awesome and educational dry erase activity book. | www.sahmplus.com 

How to make your own educational dry erase activity book:

Mickey Disney educational workbooks

#1 – Pick up educational workbooks with tear-out sheets

Pick up some [easyazon_link keywords=”educational workbooks” cloak=”n” locale=”US” localize=”y” nw=”y” nf=”y” tag=”ivsvabasaan0a-20″]educational workbooks[/easyazon_link] that are perforated for tearing out the sheets.  Often, you can find fabulous workbooks at the Dollar Tree!

educational workbooks with tear out sheets

#2 – Get Sheet Protectors

A good dry erase activity book is nothing without the perfect sheet protectors.  We use heavy weight sheet protectors – you want the super smooth kind because the cheap rough ones will give you a work out trying to wipe off the dry erase crayons!
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#3 – Assemble the dry erase activity book

diy preschool educational dry erase activity book for kids

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)!

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Customize the cover of your new dry erase activity book with decorations, markers, etc to have a completely personalized activity book.

What a great way to get the most use out of your activities! 

Tell Me: Do you love this hack for making your own dry erase activity book for your kids?

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10 comments

Tamalamadingdong July 16, 2013 - 1:41 pm

I love my dry erase board!! I never thought of creating a dry erase book – but this looks like fun!! Awesome project and thanks for making it look so effortless 🙂

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Gwynne Montgomery July 16, 2013 - 1:41 pm

Wonderful ideas! I wish I'd thought of something like this when my son was little!

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Tammy Doiel July 16, 2013 - 1:42 pm

This looks great–I think you're more crafty than you think!

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Loretta Smith July 16, 2013 - 8:19 pm

BRILLIANT idea!!! Almost wish I had little ones so I could incorporate this… sharing this will suffice I guess! Great job!

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Janine Huldie March 1, 2018 - 9:16 am

This is seriously ingenious. I wish I would have thought of this when my kids were a bit younger. But still totally sharing with friends who have younger kids now. Thanks 🙂

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Ivy B March 6, 2018 - 9:37 am

Thanks!! And thanks for sharing this with your friends … hope they find it useful!

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Leslie March 1, 2018 - 8:35 pm

So cute! My kids love anything dry erase, and this would be especially useful for vacations or long car rides. Thanks for the great tip!

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Ivy B March 6, 2018 - 9:36 am

Yes! I hadn’t thought of taking it on a road trip … I sure will consider that if I have to make another Hurricane evacuation trip this year!

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Laura March 1, 2018 - 10:29 pm

That is an absolutely genius idea. I never would have thought of it.

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Ivy B March 6, 2018 - 9:36 am

Glad you liked it. The kids sure have fun with it and it helps me keep things organized too!

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