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My Book of Colors with Printable Template

I created a Book of Colors project for the Paper Bag Challenge on Tinkerlab. It’s a paper bag book made with paper lunch bags. If you create the bag books ahead of time, toddlers and preschoolers can work on the books, adding the appropriate colored stickers and materials to the coordinating page. It’s a fun way for children to explore basics colors and differentiate between them, organizing their books. They are also wonderful keepsakes and fun for the children to look at after they are complete. Play “I Spy” on each page.

My Book of Colors Book with Printable Template

My Book of Colors Book with Printable Template
The book is  made with brown paper lunch bags. I’ve included a free printable with all the pages so you can make your own. Directions are included.

My Book of Colors

Adding the ribbon and yard to the pages adds texture and interest to each page!

Book of Colors

Book of Colors


1. Print pages (cardstock works best) & cut out pages, shapes and color names.
2. Attach color rectangles and cover page to flaps of bags.
3. Cut down tops of bags. Leave the cover bag longer, to allow enough paper to fold over the other pages and to staple it together.
4. Staples bags together into a book.
5. Child glues on shapes and names of colors.
6. Child attaches color related stickers or collage items to appropriate pages.
7. Decorate with ribbon or yarn as desired.

The printable pages include shapes and color words for each color page, such as the red oval and orange circle shown below. Check the dollar store for inexpensive color themed stickers.
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I love adding the ribbon & yarn to the edges to make it more colorful.My Book of Colors My Book of Colors

Download the Printable here: My Book of Colors Printable
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*Brown page template is also included but not pictured.

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Sarah Sloop

Saturday 28th of July 2012

So glad to find this and remind me of such a great craft! I'm not sure if you've seen it before, but you can staple this so that the tops of the bag are still open, and you can hide extra card stock pages with addition pictures and words. Then you attach some of your adorable ribbon as a pull tab, kind of like in a pop-up book. But no pop-ups. :)


Wednesday 8th of February 2012

Great job on the color book- so clever to use paper bags. Thanks for the visit today! (hope your little on has fun with your rice bin)

Jenfrom Creative and Curious Kids!

hannah love

Tuesday 7th of February 2012

I love the use of the brown paper bags! Thanks for the resources :)