I recently shared a few crafts I made for Parents.com and today I wanted to show one more. They sent this one out in their "Camp Mom" email today, which is a series of weekly emails containing ideas to keep your children busy during the summertime.
This project uses colorful foam sheets and simple die-cut shapes in a book designed to help young children learn their shapes. HERE is the link. Check it out, because there are lots of other great ideas for simple crafting projects using foam.
Here is what it looked like unassembled:
The back side of each page contained shapes, too:
I trimmed rough holes on the side of each page to bind them together, then added large white grommets to finish them off:
To make things easier, I used adhesive backed foam sheets. I purchased a package full of multiple fun colors, so kids would be drawn to the bright colors. I don't own a die-cut machine, but most local scrapbook stores will let you rent theirs out for an extremely low price (which is what I did).
You can do this to create books for learning about animals, shapes, or even an ABC book. Once the shapes are cut from the die machine, have your kids remove the paper from the adhesive backing and apply the shapes to the pages. They'll be happy to say they contributed to the book!
I think I'll donate mine to a local pre-school, since we're all pretty familiar with our shapes in this house. ;o)