Labor Day Literacy: How-To Make a Career Book

art activity

Reading books about careers is one way to celebrate Labor Day with your child. But it’s not the only option. If you’ve already read dozens of books about community helpers, types of jobs and people who work in spaces and places that your child often goes, it’s time to dig deeper. Your little learner can get an extra lesson in “what people do” by making their own book.

That’s right, your child can craft their own Labor Day book. After making the kids’ craft, use the book each year to celebrate the holiday! And don’t worry if you’re not on par with everything you see on Pinterest — this kids’ art activity is easy for parents and children of all levels.

Materials

  • Cardboard (reuse the fronts and backs of cereal or crackers boxes)
  • A hole punch
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Markers or crayons

How-To Steps

  1. Cut the cardboard and paper to the same size.
  2. Punch two holes on the left side (one at the bottom and one at the top) of the cardboard and the construction paper. Make sure that the holes line up.
  3. Stack the cardboard and paper, with the cardboard on the top and bottom (to make a cover and a back).
  4. Thread one pipe cleaner through the top set of holes and one through the bottom. Twist the pipe cleaners to bind the book. Your child can untwist them later on to add more pages.
  5. Draw one worker or one type of job on each page. Have your child label the page with the worker or job’s name. Older children can write a few sentences or a paragraph on what the worker does.


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