Homemade Picture Books

This is an inexpensive project that doubles as an excellent home school resource! Who needs crazy-expensive curriculum when you can do this!

Picture Books

My hubby and I stumbled upon dozens of old National Geographic magazines for sale at our local library. When I say “for sale”, I mean “they were giving them away for a couple cents each”! We bought them all and brought them home. I put them in the bottom of our bookshelf and there they sat for months. Our original thought had been that we wanted to buy them for the pictures of people and places all over the world. Great educational tools, right? Well, when I finally started to flip through them, I realized that the political propaganda wasn’t something I wanted our children exposed to. I decided to cut the good pictures out and just toss the rest, but what to do with the pictures? Here’s what I did…

First, I cut out all of the pictures I liked. Then, I sorted them into several categories; animals, people, homes/buildings, landscape, famous places and so on. After that, I used sales and coupons to buy pretty scrapbook albums. The kind I bought have plastic pocket pages with paper inside. I slid out each sheet of paper and glued the photos on, along with short descriptions of the people and places. I finally got the first one done, just in time for Christmas! This is the “People From Around the World” one and it was a big hit!

Old magazines are available for cheap or free all the time, so go grab a bunch and get to work. Your kids will love to learn from something you’ve made special, just for them!

8 thoughts on “Homemade Picture Books

  1. What a great idea! I would have loved looking at books like this as a child. I like to see old magazines repurposed whenever possible. I’m sure I will do something like this with my son when he gets a bit older (we’re still in the board book stage.)

    • I’m glad you like it, Karen! I find that I come up with the best ideas when I try to remember what I loved as a child. I’m sure your little guy will enjoy them. 🙂 Thanks for the comment!

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