Keeping Busy Hands Busy

In my earlier post I mentioned that we’ll be going back to an organized schedule of learning this week. One of the challenges that I face in our homeschool/roadschool is keeping my pre-K monkey busy. She definitely has busy hands to match her racing mind. She wants to do everything the big kids do, so having an inventory of ¬†activities ready for the busy bee is as important as the lesson plans for the day in our rig. I was at Hobby Lobby last week and all Crayola products were 50% off. So I picked up a couple of sketchbooks and after gathering a few supplies, it took less than 15 minutes from start to finish for my crafty creation. (Note: For this project I used one piece of 12″ x 12″ paper from DCWV “Blossoms & Butterflies” paper stack and one piece of 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of card stock in a coordinating solid color.)

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I cut a piece of pattern paper to fit the front of the sketchbook so it would fit just under the spiral part of the book. I went ahead and adhered another piece of plain card stock to the inside cover to make it more sturdy. I added a name for personalization and used a pop-up dot for one of the embellishments (the butterfly) to add dimension to the front. The finished product looks like this.

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A few weeks ago at the dollar store, I picked up a few bags with various characters on them. The sketchbook just happen to fit right in the bag along with these Pipsqueak washable markers I also got for half price on my trip to Hobby Lobby.

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To say the book was a hit, was a little bit of an understatement. There was even dancing!

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The point is, with a few supplies and just a few minutes, I added another item to our busy box for the busy body in our rig. The inside pages are blank so that she can draw, write, paint, use stickers, and create with those busy little hands. I am adding items to this daily so stay tuned for more projects to keep the little ones in your life occupied!

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