During the Fall season many schools like to start their reading projects with their kids. If you have ever heard of the Book It! Program, you probably know that they begin their reading season during the month of October. This is usually a good time to start helping your kids with a bookmark craft. Below you will find instructions on how you can make a leaf bookmark along with your child.
The first thing you will need to do is get all of your supplies together in order to make your bookmark. You will need the following items for each bookmark; a piece of construction paper, crayons, leaves, pencil, scissors, and glue. Once you have all of your materials gathered together, you can get started with making your bookmark.
Fist you will want to start by collecting some leaves. After you have collected a few leaves that have fallen from the trees you can use them to make leaf patterns on the construction paper. Focus on using just one side of the construction paper for the leaf patterns. Once you have finished tracing the leaves have your kids copy the lines of the leaves to make them look more authentic. Once you have finished you can cut the leaves out of the construction paper. Next you will want to cut out the bookmark itself. I would recommend that you use a ruler to make sure that the book mark lines are straight and even. Once you have finished drawing the outline for the bookmark you will want to cut out the bookmark. Take the leaves that you have cut out and glue them onto the bookmark itself. You can have your child write their name on the bookmark and place the leaves around their name. If they would prefer to draw a picture for their bookmark they can do this as well.
Place the bookmark in a place where it will not be bothered unit the glue has completely dried. When it is all dry your child will have a finished bookmark craft that they can start using. Making a bookmark along with your child is a really great way to help encourage them to enjoy reading. It will also help them to get excited about reading as well. If you want to make it even fancier you can attach a piece of yard to the top, and make it look more like a tassel. This is very easy and fun to do.