When I was just learning how to write my letters & numbers, my loving & patient father spent a significant amount of time drawing out dotted letters in light pencil for me to trace. Is that love or what?! If only my dad had the idea to make his tracing sheets reusable back in 1986!
I’ve tried to do the same with Paddy in the past (see above) and after half the alphabet I thought my hand was just going to fall off! But one day, I walked through the workbook section of Barnes & Noble and realized I needed to buy a workbook for him … and either make copies of the pages or make a dry erase book for him.
A dry erase workbook is a great way for your child to practice an unlimited number of subjects AND it saves money too by letting your child repeat the activities as many times as he/she likes thus saving paper!
All you need to do is make a quick stop at an office supply store and pick up the following things.
- hardcover 1/2″ to 1″ three-ring binder
- plastic sheet protectors (make sure they are clear and thicker)
- dry erase markers (or dry-erase crayons)
- dry paper towels
- optional but useful: white board cleaner (Expo white board care: you can also use 90% rubbing alcohol)
Then you can tear out pages from a workbook, coloring book or print free worksheets from the internet. (I have a list of websites at the end of this post, although color ink can get expensive). The workbook I have in the picture below was $12.99 and called “Kindergarten Fundamentals” It has alphabet/number tracing, alphabet & number Dot-to-dot, mazes, matching, shapes & colors. I could never draw all this stuff for Paddy to do.
Most of these workbooks have pages that easily tear out. In the picture above, I tore out some pages that I would like Paddy to work on.
So once you have everything, just start loading up the sheet protectors and make your book! At the back of the book, I like to add a few pages that just have white paper in them so Paddy can do some freestyle drawing or scribbling. Or I use those pages to play TIC-TAC-TOE or write words/stories for Paddy to read.
A good idea would be to add a sturdy pencil bag with binder holes, to store your dry erase pens or dry erase crayons in it.
I love having a book that I can change with my child. For every holiday I have been able to find some festive learning activity sheets, so the binder is constantly new and exciting for him. Paddy loves Dot-to-Dot puzzles, so one night I re-did the whole book to be all Dot-to-Dot puzzles. He had a lot of fun with that the next day.
There are so many great things about a dry-erase workbook binder, which is the reason it’s such a popular idea for moms:
- easily remove and replace pages
- it grows with your child because you can add more difficult activities later
- able to reuse the activities so your child can practice-practice-practice!
- saves paper thus saving money
- colorful pages from published workbooks
Hope you enjoy it!
Links to websites with free printable worksheets (I will add to this list as I find more.)