If you have kids and you love your books, then you probably have several that are showing their age. The kids may have torn, eaten, drooled, bent or otherwise loved on these little papeback books. Instead of tossing them into the trash, why not turn them into something fun? Recycling books into story puppets is a cheap activity with endless potential for fun.
DIY Story Puppets: Recycling Books into Fun
Old children’s books
Cardboard box (optional)
Decorative scrapbook paper (optional)
Give children an old book and scissors. Let them cut out the characters from the book.
Tape the edges of a pipe cleaner to the back of the paper figure. Shape it into a circle so it can stand or attach it so it will hang from the back of your story board.
Decorate a cardboard box with scrapbook paper. Attach with tape.
Let kids play out the stories from the book or create their own world using their imagination. Who says a book is worthless once it’s bent, chewed, slobbered on or otherwise loved?
Other Ideas for Recycling Old Books
Have you ever given your kids permission to make crafts using an old book? I’d love to hear!