If you’re a fan of those seasonal beverages that come in that famous red cup, here’s another DIY book making project you can do with your little ones! It’s a fun and easy way to focus on numbers and texture, and to upcycle your red cup once the delicious drink is gone.
This is actually round two of our red cup bookmaking fun. I first had this idea a few years ago, when my little one was much littler. That time, we did shapes instead of numbers. Here’s the original post from way back. Since my little one is on to bigger books now, this one is for our 3-year-old cousin.
Ok, here’s the plan… Just drink, rinse, cut, stick and read!
- For the numbers, I drew them first to make cutting easier. You could trace, but I just cut them freehand. This is a job for a grownup with sharp scissors, since the bumpy texture of the corrugated cardboard is a little tricky to cut.
- Kids can cut the confetti-ish dots from strips of the cup, and glue everything down.
- We used heavy card stock for the book, cut in various lengths so the pages would be staggered. Any style of pages would work, of course.
- We tied ours together with the same twine we used to “write” the title.
You could probably cut all five numbers from one drink sleeve, but you might want to enjoy a few more lattes. 🙂 You know, so you can make sure you have plenty of supplies on hand.
Not a fan of the red cup? No problem! I’m sure you can find some corrugated and smooth cardboard in your cupboards or recycling bin. (And it will probably be much cheaper than the $5 latte!)
Happy book making!