Ziploc “My Body” Book

 

These little books are so cool!  My good friend Sarah introduced me to these “Ziploc Books” and I decided to use pictures to help teach my boys their body parts.  I made one last year for Big Brother and it was definitely a favorite, so now I’m making one for Little Brother!  Babies and toddlers love seeing their own picture (or reflection, for that matter), so these books are perfect for them!   Once they outgrow them, slip the pages out and put something new in (like shapes, for example).

It doesn’t take much longer to make a couple of the Ziploc books than just one, so make a few to keep on hand for different activities besides the body book.

Here’s what you’ll need:  Ziploc Bags (I used 5 bags per book), Tape (not pictured), Pictures of your baby’s eyes, nose, mouth, ears, arm, hand, legs, feet, and a full body shot (preferably labeled), double-sided paper (I used scrapbook paper), a scrap of fabric, and a sewing machine or a needle and thread (not pictured).  You can also make these without sewing them, I would just use something really strong–like duct tape–to hold them together.

1.  Place two Ziploc bags on top of each other and use a tiny bit of tape to tape them together.   Add each Ziploc individually, taping each as you go.

2.  Once you have all five, add a longer piece of tape just to secure–and yes, I am using painter’s tape simply because we don’t currently have any masking tape around here.
3.  Cut your piece of scrap fabric the same length as the Ziploc bag.
4.  Fold it over, pin it, and sew a seam straight down.  (Or you can just use duct tape to hold it all together).
5.  See?
6.  Now, mount your pictures on a paper cut just shy of 6″x6″ (you’ll have to try and adjust the size since your seam might be larger or smaller than mine).
7.  Once all your pictures are mounted, slip the pages inside and “zip” them shut.
8.  And Ta-DA!  You’re done!
Wasn’t that easy?
Remember to make a couple extra “Ziploc” books while you’re making this one.  I’ll share some other ideas on how to use these in the coming days.  :)

**This activity is intended for parents to make and for children to enjoy afterwards.  Always supervise your child when he/she is playing with this book.

 

Comments

  1. Julie says

    Those are really cute! Thanks for sharing. Ori would love a book like that. Now we'll see if I am ambitious enough to make one. :)

  2. Jenae says

    Like I said, Julie, you can use duct tape too! You might start off using duct tape and if you like the books, then you can make more. :)

  3. Deb H. says

    Great idea! We've made a similar craft for a "church bag." We sewed several quart size zip-locs together and then made a fabric cover and ties to keep it closed. We then filled each baggie with something quiet to do in church- crayons, paper, stickers, toy figures, etc. My kids loved them when they were small!

  4. Lisa says

    Great idea! Such a cute little book! Saw it featured on Money Saving Mom! I'm your newest follwer! I have a 5 yr old and a 2 yr old and we're homeschooling this year, I love your ideas on here! Very nice blog!

  5. Anonymous says

    I LOVE this!! I think I'll make one for my baby whose still very little. I'll start out with pictures of family members "Mommy," "Daddy," "Grandma," etc.. then move up to things like body parts. Thank you so much for the idea!

  6. Liam and Lauren's mom says

    That is such a great idea…looks like i know what i'm doing tomorrow after buying the ziploc bags

  7. Bethany @ The Paper Pony says

    These are such a great idea! And you can personalize it so easily. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Echo says

    I use one of these with family in it. we don't get to see the extended family so we sit and look at each one through the day for recognition.

  9. Marie {Make and Takes} says

    What a fun project! I'm sure my kids, especially my baby, would love to look at this all the time. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Jenae says

    MarjnHomer…

    I would recommend just making several of them at once. After a few months, they WILL get torn apart. That's why it's nice to have some backups. :)

  11. Anonymous says

    I am in love with this idea! I'm going to make the "body" book, a "counting" book, a "family" book a "foods" book, an "animals" book….= D

  12. Becca says

    That's really neat! I have been meaning to make books for the kids OF the kids… but haven't gotten around to it yet. Story of my life (*points to self* Queen of Procrastination)

    Thanks for this neat idea!

  13. Noelia says

    OMG! This is such a GREAT IDEA! We teachers run out of ideas sometimes but those who don’t find anything it’s because they’re not looking! I LOVE your website, I want to do EVERYTHING with my little ones.
    Thank you so much for sharing!

  14. Stephanie says

    Thanks for the idea! We’re starting to use one for colors. We are putting things in the bag that match a certain color. Then, when we master that color, we add a new one to the next bag. I definitely need to do more of these.

  15. says

    These look awesome and I can’t wait to make one, yet I’m not much of a sewer. Does the fabric scrap used on the binding fray? Do I need to do something to prevent fraying, or will it not be enough to matter? I know my son will be chewing on it and I don’t want him to eat the fabric stings.

  16. says

    I’ve just found your site and think you’re doing a great job of providing ideas for educational experiences for families. I’m doing something similar from Canada, but geared for slightly older children. I’ve just subscribed to your email list so I’m eager to receive updates so I can do activities with my baby and 9 year-old.

    Love this book idea. I don’t sew but I think I’m going to try it with duck tape.

    Cheers!
    Daniela @ passingnotes.org

  17. Tacha says

    I was thinking of making this for my daughter. When I saw the pic with your son’s name on it I had to laugh because my daughter’s name is Noa.

  18. says

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    If you have other kid friendly crafts, we’d love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

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