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DIY Dry Erase Activity Book for Toddlers and Preschoolers

How to make a DIY dry erase activity book for toddlers and preschoolers - This unique learning book allows children to draw, color, and trace and is customizable for any age. Fun no sew ideas for kids. Could be used on road trips or at church. Great for 2, 3, 4, and 5 year olds. Lots of pictures. Awesome idea using cheap materials.

Grace is showing an interest in writing, so I've been looking for activities for her to do to that will help her to improve her fine motor skills.

A couple weeks ago, I found a dry erase activity book at Simple. Messy. Fun. that I thought Grace would like. I checked out her inspiration at Somewhat Simple, and I decided to make one.

Dry Erase Activity Book for Preschoolers

The first thing I did was to look for a photo album that would hold all of the pages. I didn't want to spend a ton,  so I was happy to find an 8×8 Disney Princess album kit on clearance for $10.

dry erase preschool activity book

Dry Erase Activity Book Materials

To make one book, I gathered the following:

  • Photo album
  • Extra page protectors
  • Patterned paper
  • Double-sided photo-safe tape
  • Lots of printed pages
  • Scissors

A Note About the Pages

I scoured the internet for printable preschool activities. I found great ones at the following sites:

  • Somewhat Simple – I printed many of the pages from the original book. Some, though, were too advanced for Grace and a few didn't print nicely. I left those out.preschool activity book color shape page
  • Somewhat Simple's Seasons Book – I liked these tree pages, and I thought Grace would like making them into trees based on different seasons.
    preschool activity book seasons page
  • – Grace is a leftie; Joe and I aren't. I thought some lefthanded-specific writing worksheets would be helpful.
    preschool activity book writing practice page

Putting Together the Activity Book

This is a ridiculously easy project. Really.

The hardest part was finding worksheets that I thought would be challenging enough for Grace to learn something, but not so hard as to frustrate her. I wanted things that she'd eventually be able to do for herself, and things that she wouldn't get bored with after the first time she did them.

preschool activity book numbers page

When you find a worksheet that you like, print it out.

Because my album was 8×8, I had to print all of the pages scaled down 80% so that they would fit on the page.

preschool activity book whats missing page

Trim the edges of the page so that the worksheet will fit in the page protector.

If the page is smaller than the page protector, use double-sided tape to stick it to scrapbook paper.

When you have enough pages printed, put them in some kind of order.

I chose to put the alphabet activities together, the number activities together, and the coloring activities together. You may chose to have no order at all, but you should make that decision.

Give it to your preschooler. That's it.

To Use the Dry Erase Activity Book

I bought a package of different colored dry erase markers for Grace. They erase nicely – when they're fresh.

If she draws in the book and leaves it for a day or two, it dries and becomes next to impossible to wipe away without window cleaner. Rather than spritzing the book with Windex, I use Glass Wipes to wipe away the dry erase markers.

I hope your kids like their book as much as Grace likes hers!


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17 thoughts on “DIY Dry Erase Activity Book for Toddlers and Preschoolers”

  1. I'm not sure how old Grace is, but remember to let her chose her handedness herself. Often children will switch back and forth before they chose a dominate hand. But giving her things to use to work her left hand is a great idea, it will help her find out which hand is most comfortable to her. I taught pre-k and Kindergarten for 20+ years and it's amazing to watch them learn and explore everything.
    I would have been a lefty myself, but back in my day they wouldn't allow children to learn to use the left. My first grade teacher kept swatting my hand with a ruler.
    This is such a cute idea, wish I had found something like this back while I was teaching. I printed up sheets and had the laminated ($$$), but they were never in a cute book like this

  2. What a great idea. I'm always looking for things to do in the van. This would be a great activity for long drives.
    Thanks for the idea!
    Found your blog from No Time For Flash Cards. Following your blog and hope that you can visit me and follow me back! 🙂

  3. Yeah for a great idea (and resources) for preschoolers! Thanks!!! I've been enjoying free printables from Confessions of a Homeschooler, Homeschool Creations, and 1plus1plus1equals1 (all I believe).

  4. Great idea! We were early writers and dry erase would have saved SO much paper! Thank you so much for linking up with Makes My Monday. 🙂

  5. This is such a smart idea. What a great thing to take along in a car, to a waiting room at the doctor's office, for kids in the hospital…anywhere really. Thanks!

  6. Thanks for the ideas. Just saw washable dry erase markers!!! and they are on sale for the school year!!! Vacation will be much nicer and I will bring extra pages to slip in if they get board with the ones on hand.

  7. I did something similar to this a while back and used the dry erase crayons. But, only because I had the crayons from vacation….I don’t like them as much as markers. I saw your comment about when she leaves it on too long. I learned a trick a while back and I think it will work on this too…not just dry erase boards….if you use a different color marker over the marks then you can erase them. You can trace over what’s there or just scribble over it. I don’t know if you want to try it, but thought I’d let you know in case you don’t have windex or the wipes sometime. 🙂 Oh and yours is cuter than mine were….I just used old binders I had around the house. I like the idea of using the picture book.

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