Summer is here and it’s time to think of all of the things to keep my kiddos engaged and entertained during the long, hot days. It can be a really daunting task that can make even the most prepared and Pinterest-y of mommas cringe and run for the hills. Thankfully, I’ve got a super simple craft that will keep kids busy and working throughout the summer: a kids’ summer journal DIY!
- Superhero Color-In Paper Roll (they also have cute travel, fairy garden, and magical versions)
- Copy Paper
- Heavy Duty Hole Punch
- Red & White Baker’s Twine
Cut the copy paper to 4″ x 4.5″ rectangles. I used 16 rectangles to create my journal.
Create a cover for the journal. The color-in paper roll is preforated in even increments. I used one section of the roll folded in half to make the cover. Place the neat stack of cut rectangles inside the folded cover.
Use the heavy duty hole punch to create two holes along the folded edge of the stack.
Loop the baker’s twine through each of the holes and tie it in a bow to finish off the binding of the journal.
Use either the crayon provided with the paper roll or your own coloring utensils to color the cover.
Now, the possibilities of what to put inside the journal DIY are endless! For my older kiddo, I’ve challenged him to write about what happened each day in complete sentences with correct grammar. He added his own twist: he wants to make it look like a comic book. That’s totally fine with me! For the littler ones who aren’t quite able to write just yet, have them color pictures of something fun or important that happened each day.
Looking for another fun kids craft this summer? Check out this beaded DIY wind chimes craft for kids!
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Katie is the writer and creator at Sweet Rose Studio, a blog dedicated to sharing the best crafts, recipes, DIY/home tutorials, and anything else that promotes a happy home. She is so blessed to be a wife to her high school sweetheart and mother to their three sweet, crazy kids. In her past life she was an elementary school teacher, but now is a stay-at-home-momma by trade and absolutely adores it. Katie has a passion for party planning and styling and can regularly be found with a sippy cup in one hand and a glue gun in the other with her camera hanging around her neck.