7 Steps to Making Your Own Mini-Book

August 11, 2014

Make a mini-book in just seven steps with a single sheet of paper. This hands-on classroom project does not require scissors, glue, or a stapler.During the Philadelphia Writing Project's Summer Institute one of our guest speaker's was Lynne Strieb who talked with us about the importance of parent involvement, but also showed us how to make different kinds of books. Teachers love takeaways, something we can bring back to our classroom and use. For the first book she showed us, all you need is a single piece of paper! Because you don't need scissors, glue, or a stapler, this is a quick, no mess activity.


 Make a mini-book in just seven steps with a single sheet of paper. This hands-on classroom project does not require scissors, glue, or a stapler.

Step #1: Fold the paper in half "hamburger" style. Make sure the fold is creased crisply.

 Make a mini-book in just seven steps with a single sheet of paper. This hands-on classroom project does not require scissors, glue, or a stapler.

Step #2: Unfold the paper and fold it the other way, "hotdog style."

 Make a mini-book in just seven steps with a single sheet of paper. This hands-on classroom project does not require scissors, glue, or a stapler.

Step #3: Fold the edges in to the center crease.

 Make a mini-book in just seven steps with a single sheet of paper. This hands-on classroom project does not require scissors, glue, or a stapler.

Step #4: Unfold the paper, which should now be divided into eight boxes. I drew dotted lined to make it clearer.

 Make a mini-book in just seven steps with a single sheet of paper. This hands-on classroom project does not require scissors, glue, or a stapler.

Step # 5: Fold the paper in half again "hamburger" style and tear down one box. I have drawn a solid black line to make it clearer. This is why it is so important to have really creased folds or else you will need scissors.

 Make a mini-book in just seven steps with a single sheet of paper. This hands-on classroom project does not require scissors, glue, or a stapler.

Step #6: Unfold the paper and fold it the other way, "hotdog style." Press in the outer edges until you have a four pointed star.

 Make a mini-book in just seven steps with a single sheet of paper. This hands-on classroom project does not require scissors, glue, or a stapler.

Step #7: Fold all of the points of the star in toward each other and you have a mini book with a front and back cover and six inside pages.

 Make a mini-book in just seven steps with a single sheet of paper. This hands-on classroom project does not require scissors, glue, or a stapler.

For five ways you can use a mini-book in your classroom and to see the scary mini-book project my students did, check out this post here. I would love to hear your ideas for how you could use this little book in your classroom.

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2 comments

  1. I use these little books for science or social studies review! The kids love to write a key term on each page and illustrate!

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  2. That is a great idea! I'm sure their little books are much more fun to study with than traditional notes.

    Brynn Allison

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