Something else for National Reading Month!
Recently, the most requested art in our home has been bookmarks. Emily started it by drawing a whole series of bookmarks for her sisters to color. Since then, Kate will ask me to draw bookmarks on a daily basis. She will then spend a long time coloring them, after which I will be required to "iron them", which is her way of saying "laminate". Jenna, upon seeing what Kate is coloring, will immediately want the same thing, the result of which is that I am always sketching multiples. Time to scan and save, so we can print hundreds, was what I thought.
Today, since I was sick and sort of forced to sit down, I parked myself at the coffee table and drew a few different sets. The kids came to see what I was doing since they are always suspicious that I am up to secret crafts. Not happy just to provide input, they hijacked my markers and paper and made their own sets.
Here's a treat for you: we saved twenty of our best pages in a file that you can download and print out for many happy hours of coloring. Lots of different themes: homes, medieval, monsters, fairies, tea party, clothes:
The girls drew jewelry, shoes, hats and family:
For some reason, the striped body of the bookmarks became a sort of mandatory feature. Jenna likes to turn them into rainbows. When your kids are done coloring, you can laminate them so they are extra sturdy.
For an added activity, let your kids draw their own sets based on themes they pick. You'll be surprised at how well they can already categorize items they see all the time around them.