Bart’s parents are both teachers. This means they have a whole lot to remember! Sometimes they write notes to remind them of important things like when the next game night in the meadow will be, or to pick up an extra bag of meal worms since they will be having company for dinner. They also like to leave notes in each others lunch boxes just to add a smile to the day. You can only imagine how important it is for them to have a notepad handy all the time!
Bart got a terrific idea to make each of his parents a very special notepad to remind them of just how much they are loved. He traced his wing onto a whole bunch of different colors of paper and cut the shapes. Then he put two stacks together to make two handy notepads. Bart knows he will only be this size for a little while so the notepads are one of a kind!
Bart gave me the directions, and I couldn’t pass up making one too! (Check out the note after the directions for an additional idea!) Here’s what you need to do to make this really “handy” notepad for someone you love:
What you need:
1 hand to trace
A few sheets of construction paper
Scissors (and a big person to help use them)
1-Hole punch (optional)
A piece of yarn or ribbon that is about 12 inches long
A pen with a clip on it
What you do:
1) Use the pencil to trace your hand as many times as you can on one piece of construction paper without overlapping. You may want a big person to help with this.
2) Each handprint needs to be cut out of the construction paper. If you could use your big persons help here that’s just fine.
3) The 1-hole punch is used to add a hole to put your yarn or ribbon through. I chose to add the hole at the bottom part of the hand, but you can put it somewhere else if you’d like. Try to keep each hole in the same place on each hand to make it easier to put your notepad together when you’re done.
4) Fold the yarn or ribbon in half so you have a loop at one end and two free ends at the other.
5) Thread the looped end of your yarn or ribbon through each hole in the paper hands so they form a stack.
6) Tie the yarn or ribbon into a bow that will hold the stack of hand prints together. You will want to leave the looped end a little longer. If you need help, ask your big person.
7) Slide the pen clip onto the dangling loop end of your ribbon or string so the lucky person who gets this notepad will always be able to find a pen to jot their notes with!
NOTE: My “little boys” have grown very large these days, so making this notepad required a little creativity on my part. I actually used a copy made from a plaster impression of Mason’s hand from when he was small (he is now 21 years old). I used the copy to make a template to trace around. This got me thinking. To make an extra special gift, see if you can get a copy of that person’s hand print when they were small. Make a template and some note cards. Arrange the notebook so each person’s handprints alternate. If you can’t get a small handprint from the person you want to gift, get a large one and do the same thing. This would work great as a family project too!
Being a homeschooling parent for 13 years and an independent author/illustrator makes a person learn quite a bit about a lot of things. Now it's time to pass it on!