In getting ready to go “back to homeschool,” I decided to spend a few hours making minibooks one afternoon when my husband took Sprite to the pool. It was time well spent. Now I have quite an assortment of sizes, colors, and shapes for Sprite to use for the next few months.
We certainly do plenty of “fly by the seat of your pants” homeschooling, but I also love the feeling of having supplies ready to go. Just looking at that bulging ziplock full of possibilities makes me giddy.
Sprite saw it and said, “Wow! Mom, you made a TON of minibooks!” As she flipped through the new styles, I gave her an evil laugh and told her that I was intending for her to do lots and lots of written narrations this year.
So what was my plan of attack? First I used Microsoft Publisher to make some templates that I printed onto white cardstock. Then I cut out my templates and used them with all colors of paper to make the blank minibooks.
This is a new style — a speech bubble shaped trifold, simple single fold, and shape book. I thought it would be perfect for quotations or narrating what a certain person taught or discovered.
Another new design is this arrow tab. I was inspired by something uploaded at Homeschool Share’s NEW printables.
Accordion folds are such adaptable minibooks, so I made lots of these.
To make a template, just copy and paste your shape, lining up the sides of same lengths.
And here are old standbys that I created without templates.
Flag books & layered books.