Back-to-School Creativity Tip #6: Dive Into Reading With a DIY Bookmark!

We’re in the midst of our special Back to School series, where we’re sharing 10 Ways to Inspire Creativity During the School Year. With easy project ideas and Kiwi printables on their way, your kiddos are in for a treat!

Back-to-School Creativity Tip #6: Dive Into Reading With a DIY Bookmark! Dr. Seuss said it best: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Reading is an unparalleled way to open up wonderful worlds of wit and whimsy. Make a splash into your fall reading lineup with a bookmark that’s easy to make and fun to use!

You’ll need:

printable DIY bookmark
markers
scissors
string
tape
hole punch (optional; not pictured)

1. Color the printable, including at least one of the pictures in the small boxes. (Crayons are not recommended; crayon wax may leave stains once you put the bookmark into a book.)

2. Cut out the bookmark and the book/fish you’ve colored.
3. Use scissors (or a hole punch) to create a small hole at the end of the fishing pole.
4. Thread string through the hole, and tape one end of the string to the back of the bookmark.
5. Tape the other end of the string to the back of the book or fish you’ve colored.

Bookmarks created by Grace (3), Ben (5), Nathan (6), and Lucy (7)

The kids and I had a very fishy evening last night. First, we added paperclips to some fabric fish toys and played “Hide and Go Fish.” (We took turns hiding the fish and using our magnet wands to play Ryan’s Magnet Magic game.)

Then the kids made bookmarks before starting in on bedtime stories. They loved flicking the fish/book—and the fishing line is perfect for keeping track of all the places they’ll go in their reading adventures!

What are some of your kids’ favorite bedtime stories?


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