We are going to be traveling a lot this summer, which means lots of time with small children in confined spaces. Which means, I’ve been brainstorming busy-books. You know, activities to keep little minds and hands occupied. I love reusable sticker books, but often the stickers aren’t as reusable as I’d like. My kids are all excited to get started, and then their favorite sticker gets stuck to a page and tears—and there goes everyone’s peace and sanity. So I started trying to think through how I could make my own DIY reusable sticker books. These turned out so cool that I had to share! They aren’t Etsy-quality; I’m not going into business anytime soon. But if you want a simple craft that keeps your babe busy, then try these reusable sticker books.
Reusable Sticker books:
I made good use of my laminator and binder, but you could easily use contact paper and bind it with yarn or brads or a clip. The only other supply you will need is the internet and removable double-sided tape. (Make sure it is “removable” and not “permanent” tape.)
I searched the internet for coloring pages as the backgrounds for my book, shrinking them to a half page size (google: “free coloring pages table” or “free coloring pages basketball hoop”). I figured by leaving them black and white, the kids could color with dry erase markers or dry erase crayons, changing the scenes and prolonging the entertainment.
For the “stickers,” I searched the internet for public domain clip art (google: “public domain clip art cupcake” or “public domain clip art basketball”). I laminated the clip art and some of our own stickers and cut them out as squares or circles. Then, I simply applied the double-sided tape to the pieces.
Middlest’s book has a cupcake to decorate, a tea party to set up, a bedroom to decorate, and a house to embellish with flowers and butterflies. Oldest wanted a sports theme with a baseball diamond, a basketball court, and a football field with players and other pieces to set up his games. I also gave him a jungle scene with wild animals.
The kids had tons of fun helping me make these and did a lot of the cutting for me, which saved a lot of time and kept them busy. And if my stickers start showing some wear, I can always apply new tape!