If you have a younger child who loves to draw and make up stories, I highly recommend purchasing this Mead Primary Journal. These notebooks are the same sturdy composition books you probably remember using from high school, but with a blank space for drawing at the top and primary writing lines at the bottom. They make it very easy for kids in grades K-2 to create their own stories.
I picked up a huge stack of these notebooks during the back to school sales last year. We have some in every room of our house, so my son is never without paper when inspiration strikes.
The notebooks make for fun keepsakes of how his creative abilities have grown. It’s amazing how he’s gone from scribbles and misspellings to entire comic book type stories in such a short time frame.
Each notebook has 100 pages and conforms to Zaner-Bloser, McDoughal Littell, and D’Nealian handwriting methods – so they are great for helping to reinforce the lessons your child is learning in school, too.
If you want to make a cute handmade birthday gift for a child, I suggest covering one of these books with some colorful patterned paper. Add stickers to represent the child’s hobby and spell out his or her name in bold letters.
Give the decorated notebook with some pencils and crayons or markers for a cheap, yet memorable, surprise. (YouTube has a great video tutorial if you need step by step instructions.)
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