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Make covering books fun

Make covering books fun

Current rating: 4.3 from 3 votes.

Covering books can be a bit of a chore unless you make it fun and a team effort.

One of the first things your child is tasked with when they head back to school is covering their books. Now unless you’ve managed to splash out and buy the ready-to-go book covers, you will need to buy paper for them to cover their books with or do it yourself and run the risk of them moaning about the way you have done it.

This can be a rather mundane task and until your child is old enough to do it themselves, you will have to help with the basics. However, you can make it lots more fun by getting them to design or make their own personalized paper to cover their books. Here are a few ideas to make covering books fun and include your children, no matter what age:

  • Use magazine pictures:
    Get your children to cut out pictures from old magazines and stick them onto their books. Then all you need to do is cover it in plastic and voila, a wonderfully colourful book cover.
  • Paint and white paper:
    Bring out the paints and large sheets of white paper and have your kids paint whatever they want. Once the paint has dried, use the paper to cover their books. 
  • Colouring-in book pictures:
    Most children have a colouring-in book; let your child choose their favourite pictures, colour them in, cut them out and then use those on the cover of the book.  With any luck the picture will be big enough to use on the whole front cover, so all you’ll need to do is wrap the book in plastic.
  • Left-over wrapping paper:
    Even if you don’t have a piece of wrapping paper big enough to do an entire book, your child can get their creative juices flowing by cutting and pasting on the odd pieces until the entire book is covered.


By encouraging your child to take part in the task of having their school books covered, you are not only teaching them to take responsibility for something that they need to do every year, but also encouraging them to take ownership of what they have created.

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Image from: Enokson

Images courtesy of Fresh Living magazine

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