I’ve seen a few versions of this around the web, and I decided to make my own.
I picked up a couple of $1 flexible photo albums/brag books at Walmart and some dry erase markers. My girls love markers, but, even though these things wipe right off the book pages, they do not wash easily from clothing and carpets. So, the next time I’m at the store, I’m going to be looking for some dry erase crayons.
Anyway, the books themselves were a big hit with my girls. My 18-month-old pretty much just scribbles over the pages, but, because even at these young ages they both have to have exactly the same things, I made the same pages for both her and my 3-year-old.
The only difference was the first page, on which I drew their names in dashed lines to make them easy to trace. My 3-year-old LOVES this.
Then I created pages that had other activities, like mazes, lines to trace, and coloring pages that included learning opportunities, like shapes and counting.
I cut plain white computer paper into 4″ x 6″ and slipped them into the pages of the photo album. The first 5 pages had activities, but then I filled the rest of the book with blank pages, so they could draw whatever they wanted on those pages. In the future, I’ll probably add more pages of activities.
When the girls use them, I provide a paper towel for them to wipe clean the pages, but you could also use a small sponge or an eraser made for dry-erase markers.