Our big goals for preschool this year are to learn to count to 5, colors, shapes and how to say her name. This fun DIY counting book for counting to 3 with preschoolers is getting us started on our goals in a super fun way! Shiloh loved having a book made just for her and I’m sure your little ones will too!
Materials needed to create the Counting to 3 Book for Preschoolers:
1 piece of 12×12 scrapbook paper
4 laminating sheets
Alphabet and number stickers
3 kinds of stars (Any kind will work, but we used ones that varied in size & texture to add to the sensory experience of the book.)
3 Book rings
I started off by cutting my 12×12 scrapbook paper into four squares. You can make yours a different size if you would prefer to use less laminating pouches. (Doing it in 6×6 squares does leave a bit of wasted laminating sheets.)
I laminated the four pages to make them more sturdy for my very busy preschooler. I pretty much laminate everything that she touches. I sometimes wish that I could laminate my dinette cushions…
After they are laminated, cut them out again. Punch three holes in the left side of each page for the book rings. I have an awesome hole puncher that punched through all 4 pages with the laminating sheets, but if you don’t have a totally awesome hole puncher, make sure that you line up the holes on each page, so that you can slip the book rings through. (I don’t remember where I bought the hole punch, but I will do some research to help me remember!)
Once you have the book rings finished, you are ready to get to work designing your book. I seriously just used the stars and numbers that I had on hand, so you do not need any special materials to create it. You could even cut out your own stars and numbers if you don’t want to use stickers.
I have a bit of a sticker addiction. Every time I go into a craft store, I walk through the sticker aisle to see if they are on sale. I often find something so irresistible that I buy it full-price (shh…don’t tell my hubby!)
The cardboard stars are not stickers, so I attached it to the book with a glue stick. It may be self-explanatory, but I put 1 star on the ‘one’ page, 2 stars on the ‘two’ page and three stars on the ‘three’ page…
I found that I like the chipboard number stickers best. I tried a smaller, flat sticker first, but it didn’t show up very well on the polka dots.
I wish I had gotten a picture of Shiloh hugging her new book! It was so adorable. But, alas, I do not have my camera permanently glued to my hand, so you’ll have to take my word for it!
Here’s what we did with the book!