Two boys plus glue sticks, crayons, stamps, stamp pads, stickers, hole punches, and paper means chaos! But today we had fall nature notebooks in mind for our craft, and the boys were v.e.r.y. happy to have so many materials to choose from for one project.
I first cut letter sized craft paper, card stock, and construction paper in 1/2 to make 4.25" x 8.5" pages.
The boys then went page by page and stamped, colored, glued, stickered and decorated the pages (leaving room to write/draw on them later on nature walks). They then did the covers, and punched the page corners (decorative corner punches are fun - we used insects).
We wanted to have some envelopes inside so that if the boys collected rocks, leaves, or other things on our nature walks, they would have a place to store them. So they each glued a few small craft envelopes and 1 larger envelope onto inside pages.
I used a star hole punch to punch the binding edges. We used a plastic kids needle and embroidery floss to stitch the book - and the boys laced the needle through the holes themselves.
They turned out very nice - the boys love them and cannot wait for the mosquitoes to abate so that we can get outside on a trail and use our nature notebooks!