Feel-Good Flip-Book

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Feel-Good Flip-Book
Total Time weekend projects Ages all-ages

We've heard from several teachers who loved receiving scrapbooks filled with messages from students. "When I'm having a bad day or feel that I'm getting nowhere, I page through that book and remember the lives I have touched," reports Mary Austin of Bridgewater, New Jersey. This keepsake book gets the entire class involved. It sits on a desk, so a teacher can glance through it whenever she needs a boost.

What you'll need

  • Poster board
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Photos, artwork, and/or colored markers
  • Glue stick
  • 1-inch bookrings (available at office supply stores)

How to make it

  1. Cut the poster board into cards measuring 7 by 5-1/2 inches: you'll need 1 card for each class member, plus 5 extras for the stand.

  2. Use a hole punch to make 2 holes at the top of each card as shown.

  3. Send a card home with each child, to be decorated with photos, artwork, or colored markers and a positive message to the teacher.

  4. To create the stand, make 2 double-thick pages using extra cards affixed together with a glue stick.

  5. Fold the remaining extra into thirds and glue its flaps to the double-thick pages as shown. Attach the students' pages to the stand with 1-inch book rings (available at office supply stores).

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