Fortunately for me, a lot of people know that I am a teacher, that I am pretty creative, and that I like to find new uses for old things. This has led to many donations of old office supplies from people over the years, so I have a nice collection built up of random things that come in quite handy.
You may not have a handy closet of random office supplies, but I hope that the books from this post inspire you to find a creative way to bind a keepsake book of your students' or kids' writing or other work. The sense of accomplishment that comes from "publishing" is important and can give them a goal to work toward with excellence.
A few ideas:
1. Have a student created cover. We used computers for much of the typing aspect of the project, but I liked having their handwriting preserved on the front of their books. They used markers, crayons, etc. and I provided both full sized and scraps of construction paper.
3. Consider different methods of binding. If you are only holding together a few pages, stapling along the spine of a collection works well enough. We had too many pages for that, so we used a variety of random report covers I had been saving. The kids got to pick what to use and then helped with the binding. We used a three hole punch with moveable distance punches, allowing us to accommodate the various set ups for the report covers. Occasionally, I had to use a single hole hand punch to get through a stubborn art project, but I was grateful for the three holed punch overall.
Some of the report covers I had opened landscape and others portrait, but they all worked. Here is an example of one of the landscape books:
Here are a few more covers for you to enjoy:
For more info on the rest of this specific writing project:
For more info on the art projects that we created: