I can’t stress to you enough how wonderful page protectors are. I can’t believe that there was a time when I didn’t know about them!
If you are going to start a notebook then you MUST put your pages in page protectors. These notebooks that your children will create will become treasures that you will want to keep FOREVER. The last thing you want is to have something special from your child get ruined from water spills, smudges, tears, or whatever else might happen to them.
Page protectors really do PROTECT your child’s work. We use them for all of our notebooking.
If you buy them in bulk you will save some money.
And don’t forget to put your pages back to back in each page protector (you will have 2 pages in one protector)
Believe it or not, I didn’t think of this at first and the notebooks got a little to heavy to deal with. So, I went through the notebooks and put all the pages back to back in each protector, and I ended up with about 100 extra page protectors! Funny but true.
You will most definitely need coloring supplies for your young artist. Giving them lots of choices here will help with creativity. Remember that broken crayons are great to keep for leaf rubbings and for melting and making candles…so don’t throw them away!
You will need a Notebook of some sort. We use 3 ring binders like the one in the picture above. It’s simple to add pages to and can be easily changed around if need be. We can also put all our pages in page protectors and slide it in the binder.
Other mom’s have also used sketch books (these are great for nature journals), simple spiral notebooks (if you can find the ones that are blank on the top of the page these work great), scrapbooks work great for kids who get really creative with their pages and have lots of cut out and decorations, and you could always bind your own. If you choose to bind your own it may be easier to keep a 3 ring binder while studying a particular subject, and when your notebook is finished gather the pages and bind them as a finished product.
Colored papers are great to have on hand when your child is making a homemade Notebooking page. They can use different colors and choose the way the page will be layed out. They can layer different colors to make borders for images and really the sky is the limit.
If you are wanting a more structured approach then use a Notebooking page with lines and use the paper for making maps, timelines and cut outs.
Craft supplies are great to have but certainly are optional. Most of our notebooking pages are very simple, but sometimes we go all out and these supplies come in handy.
Some things you might enjoy using: