Using Printables: How to Make the Small Book

Several of the packs have a page called a small book. What is this small book?

Well, it is a piece of paper turned into an 8-page book. These are fun small and great for little hands.

They make great learning tools and I’ve made several of them in the printables on the site.

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How to make the small books is one question I get asked a lot. I keep sending people elsewhere to get help and I thought it was time to show you how I do it.

For this example I’m using the Free Apple Activities Pack.

What you need: a small book page and scissors. (craft stick optional)

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How to make the page into a small folding book

1. You turn the paper print side down. You then fold the paper in half vertically. The fold should match up with the line in the middle of the paper. You want to fold the long edge to the long edge.

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2. With the paper still folding in half, you are going to fold the paper in have horizontally. You can use the line in the center. You are folding the short sides to the short sides.

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3. You repeat the fold in the same direction you just did. You will only be able to see one panel of the book once you finish the fold.

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4. You open up all the folds and you can see the page is divided into eight different panels.

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5. You fold the paper in half the opposite of the first fold you did. Then you place that paper with the fold toward you and cut to the first line.

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6. You unfold the paper and now you can see where you made the cut in the center.

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7. Fold the paper in half again horizontally and stand it up. It will look similar to below. You can see that the cut edge is up.

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8. You push the outside of the book into the middle. You want it to look like an “x” in the middle.

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9. You find the outside of the book and fold the ends towards each other.

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10. After the ends of the book are on the outside you will want to repress all the folds on the book.

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If you have issues doing all the folds you can use a craft stick to do the folds.

Here are some packs with the small books:

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About Cassie

Cassie is a mom of three stomping, romping, and roaring girls. She blogs about fun art and craft activities and printables she makes. She includes the odd review of products every now and then. She also blogs about the places that she has taken the girls called trip reviews. She has a few free printable pack for kids ages 2 to 8 and always adding more. She loves to get comments and feedback and always looking for new things to try or do with her girls.
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12 Responses to Using Printables: How to Make the Small Book

  1. Debbie @ Bible Fun For Kids says:

    We love these books! Pinned it and going to download some now! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Clare says:

    I rounded up some great posts last week about making books with kids and this would have been the perfect addition to the list!

  3. Rebecca says:

    LOVE the mini books! I learned how to make them back in college and I’m SO GLAD there are other ones out there now so I don’t have to create them myself!

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  9. Rachael says:

    These directions literally make no scense.

  10. Vicki says:

    These directions don’t make sense after step 3.

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