Kids’ board books, as opposed to ordinary books, are made up of cardboard throughout the book, designed with a lot of different creative pictures and activities that appeal to children. There are many board books available at bookstores, although if you want to create your own board books for your kids, that’s a great idea too. This makes it more unique and applicable to your kids’ tastes (as opposed to buying machine books), plus it’s a nice bonding activity to spend on a Saturday morning. Here are some tips to help you create board books for kids:
- Look for samples. It’s a good idea to look for professional samples from bookstores, to help you get to know of the possibilities. The most common types of board books that you would likely see include pop-up board books, books with pull-up tabs, magnetic board books and interactive board books (such as a clock face with a rotating hour and minute clock, which would help your child learn how to tell the time).
- Buy blank board books. There are some available blank board books that you could purchase from such publishers as C&T Publishing, and they offer these blank board books in different shapes and sizes. You could paste pictures or other creative decorations on these pages, and you’ve got instant board books that your kids would surely enjoy making and looking at as well.
- Plan the pages and activities. Don’t feel pressured to make professional-looking board books like the ones you see in the bookstores. To make your board book appealing to your child, just make sure to make the drawings and pictures big and colorful. It’s also a great idea to target not just the child’s sense of sight, but as many other senses as possible: put in touch pads (where you could place such tactile-appealing materials such as cotton, sandpaper, and silk) to help your child get to know textures; try to record a CD that accompanies the different pages of the board book (for example, if you include pictures of birds then why not record bird sounds as well, which you can both listen to on CD while you’re in that particular page); etc. The ideas are limitless! It’s a good idea to make a per-page plan of how your board book will look. Some topics that you might use include the following: colors, letters, animals, musical instruments and numbers.
- Get the materials. You don’t have to buy costly materials just to produce an appealing board book. Some parents have found that they can make board books from recycled cardboard (from folders or illustration boards), water-based poster paint, crayons, and accessory materials (such as ribbons, and decorations made of scrapbook felt material). A good idea is to have these pages ring-bound professionally – just make sure that you allot about 2.5 inches on top of the page to give ample space for the binding material.
There you have it! A board book is relatively easy to make, and it would definitely work toward enhancing a child’s love for reading – imagine the fun it would be for him to read a book that he himself helped create, and which has pages that shows most of his favorite topics! So before your child gets started on professional license books, medicine books, gate books and books that help enhance his professional licensing board scores, let him enjoy board books that would help him have an academic and literary advantage early on.