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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Making Art Together

Easy Rainbow Books

Here is a quick bookmaking project that will brighten any gray winter day! We love teaching children how to make this style book because it doesn't require any glue, tape or staples. Read on to see how!

Gather four to six sheets of paper, all the same size in your favorite colors. Sometimes we use the full rainbow, other times we just stick to warm or cool colors.

Fold each paper in half, like a card. This is called a "pamphlet".

With a pair of scissors, cut a shape out of each side of the pamphlet. Be careful not to cut too close to the folded edge, you'll need this area in tact to bind your book. Kids love cutting out their own funky shapes!

Any shapes will work! Save your scraps to use for future collage projects.

After all of your shapes are cut, arrange your pamphlets in the order you like the best. You could even design the shapes to reveal other pages in fun ways.

These kindergartners are ready for the next step!

Use two paper clips to keep your pages in place so you can punch 2 holes along the spine.

We use a 2-hole punch from the office supply store, but you can also use a single-hole punch for this step. Just make sure you don't punch the holes too close to the edge of the paper.

Take a standard rubber band and loop it through one of the holes. Position a stick through the rubber band's loop. Wrap the rubber band around the back, through the second hole. The stick should fit through both loops in the rubber band, keeping it in place.

Once your stick and band binding is in place you can remove the paper clips. Your book is complete!

For more bookmaking ideas, click here, or select "Bookmaking" on the right-side topic bar.



We enjoy exploring materials and ideas in the Art Studio, and we’re excited to share our process with you! Please consider the following factors when adapting these posts for your learning environment: 

We facilitate a variety of programs within the Art Studio for a wide range of age groups. Please carefully consider the age appropriateness of each individual activity in your own learning environment.

Our projects are always done with adult supervision and proper safety precautions. Be sure all of your projects are overseen by adults who likewise follow proper safety precautions. The adults overseeing your project must also be responsible for handling or assisting with any potentially harmful equipment or materials. 

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is not responsible for any damages, injuries or liabilities that result from any activities contained within this website, and we expressly disclaim any responsibility or liability therefor. From time to time, we reference materials that we have found to be particularly important in our projects. We do not receive any monetary compensation for recommending materials. 


by Diana MacKenzie

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