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quiet book/activity binder perfect to keep the kids from making your rip your hair out!!!!

quiet time activity binder--cheap and easy ways to keep your kids entertained.

At my trip to walgreens I picked these up for less than 50 cents…(the red one I actually bought at walmart for $1. What a rip off!)
Decided to make a whole binder of activities. so when you are headed to church or a dentist game or need a quiet activity in the car you’ve got all you need contained into a neat binder
I had every intention of buying a cheap one and dolling it all up–but walmart had these cute ones for only 2.50…and I just couldn’t resist. seriously though…super cute right?
I took my pencil bag…and went through my collection of those dumb little toys that your get at the quarter machines (that every kid LOVEs and every mom LoATHes)
and wrote them all down

and threw them in the pencil bag with a load of beads
(You can beads at the dollar store) ispy bag
I just took some hot glue and just glued up the zipper so the beads all stay put.
fastest and easiest I spy bag EVER.
and I harbor deep love for the I spy bag because I just can’t throw away anything, so it’s a great place to put all that dumb crap you can’t part with.
Next I added some folders
(I got the print outs from this book
click HERE)
I can’t tell if that’s the exact book….but it was a file folder fun from the same author…anyways..they are all awesome.
had to add the hold punches
just a laminated folder and the pictures have tape on them to make them stick.
a color matching one
and a lowercase matching to uppercase folder
added a folder
put in some paper and some stickers
  stickers

decided to add some colored pencils.
cut off the top part of the box
and covered each section in fabric (using hot glue)
hot glued the bottom to the inside of the binder
filled with colored pencils (that I got for less than a dollar!)

so now it has a little lid to make sure the colored pencils don’t go anywhere. colored pencil holder
in the book I added a look and find color book
that’s right..97 cents.
I also have this totally old school face tracing. Where you pick a face, then eyes, and hair and nose etc…Man. I love stuff from my youth. face outline stencil
A do you doodle book would be great in the binder doodle-book-900x600
and you could add any fun felt activity mats (all hot glue)
You can also put in these fun lacing cards DSC05113
and if you are using this for a road trip there is a bunch of printables HERE road-trip-games
so the cost breakdown:
39 cent pencil bag
2.50 binder
15 cent folder
89 cent colored pencils
beads $1
97 cent coloring book
the files I already had down..but I own THIS laminator…which makes it pretty cheap to laminate stuff!
I won’t try to add that up… but we will say a reasonable amount….
but entertainment for the kids: priceless. easy kids activity binder diy

About Kimbo

Kimbo blogs at A girl and a glue gun--where she puts her hot glue gun to good use (as well as her vinyl cutter and sewing machine) She loves all crafts and is thrifty (the nice way to say she's cheap) So she is constantly trying to come up with fast and easy projects that won't break the bank! She lives in Idaho with her hot husband and 3 kiddos.