Here’s a very simple go-to project that you can do any time with just a few basic supplies.


White and colored paper (Ikea and Dick Blick both carry colored construction paper that doesn’t have the grey-ish tones that most pads have.)

Pencils, pens, markers

Scissors, tape, glue, stapler

Age: 5+

Time: About 20 minutes per book

Project Steps:

Start with any letter-sized sheet of paper (color or white). Fold in half length-wise and tear or cut down the fold. Now, fold each strip in half so that the short ends meet. Fold each section in half again, so that the ends meet in the center. Now you have formed the two folios for your book.

With your first folio (the front and back covers) tape along the seam. With your second folio, you will create the pop-up cuts before taping. To do this, hold the center fold and make a small cut, either straight across or at a diagonal, about an inch long. Now fold this section forward and back to create a symmetrical crease. Push through to the front, and crease again. You’ve created your pop-up element!

Tape the backside of the second folio and nest the two folios together. Staple in the middle (this is called a ‘staple-binding’), making sure not to staple the pop-up element. Tape along the outside (if you like) to cover the sharp ends of the staples. Now create your book!

Have on hand for next Friday’s project:

White school glue, Borax (a powder laundry additive you can find at large drug stores or grocery stores), cup and spoon. Fun but not essential: food coloring and plastic Easter eggs… we’re making Silly Slime!

Curious Jane, founded by contributor Samantha Razook Murphy, offers project-based after-school programs and summer camps, revolving around creativity in the arts and sciences.


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One Comment


  1. Posted by: Douglas Patrick

    I tried this with my daughter just now, and she loved it – she made a frog mouth. Enjoy.

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