Engaging my children with paper and colors has saved me numerous times. It’s a quiet activity for church or wedding service, to fill time in the waiting area of a doctor’s office or an afternoon of a rainy day. There have even been instances when I’ve handed them a post-it pad and pen just so I could finish a phone conversation. But I love the doodling activity beyond the captivation. I love the freedom that blank paper gives. And, while for the wee ones, masterpieces are probably not being made, the process of it all is wiring the brain for greater things to come. That brain stuff gets me so excited!
The issue that I run into is managing all the paper. A neat stack of paper soon becomes disordered and, it’s happened before, someone takes it upon themselves to ‘make it rain’ paper. But I have a way to keep things orderly and it’s very, very easy.
This book-built-to-fall-apart has so many good parts. Pages can easily be removed and replaced whenever it’s needed using the same elastic and stick. It’s a paper pad that has no end! It lays flat which, as a doodler myself, is ideal. It doesn’t need to be fancy or decorated and the paper stays where it should.
Here’s how to make one.