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How to Make a Wheel Book

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A Super Easy Minibook!

Grab some cardstock and a paper fastener! We're going to make a wheel book today! This minibook is especially popular with the little ones because of the motion of the book.

The wheel book is especially good for steps in a process or listing several parts of a whole.

This book can stand alone or can be affixed into a lapbook.

The Directions

Because the wheel book moves, a heavy paper such as cardstock is a better choice than thin copy paper. For the wheel book, you need two pieces of paper, scissors, a compass (or a bowl), and a paper fastener.



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If you don't have a compass, simply find something in your kitchen that's round. Trace around the bowl or plate on your paper, and cut out two identical circles.



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I will use the red circle for my top piece. Take your top circle and lightly draw lines on it to divide it into quarters.

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On one of the fourths, outline a smaller section, with an even border all around. Be careful not to make the outer edge too thin or it will easily tear.

Cut out the section you outlined, and turn the circle over so that your sketch marks are hidden from view.

Using your top circle, trace the cutout window area lightly onto the base circle, marking each fourth.

Within your light marks, add the writing or illustrations for your minibook. Once the text of your book is complete, you can erase the marks you originally made.

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Decorate the top circle with your minibook's title and some illustrations. Line up the two circles, make a hole in the center with an awl or pencil tip, and insert a paper fastener to connect the two circles. Voila! Done!

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More Wheel Book Photos

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Visit Let's Explore blog for a great wheel book alternative which uses paper plates for the circles.

Paper Fasteners - in all shapes and colors

Wheel Book Poll

Metallic Paper Fasteners - In Bright Colors

Variations on the Wheel Book

use different colors of paper for the top and bottom wheels

use paper plates as the circles

use a slightly larger circle for the bottom; label the sections on the outer rim of the bottom circle

use decorative paper brads to affix the wheels

divide your wheel into thirds, fifths, or other fractions instead of the typical fourths

cut out two opposite sections for a double windowed book

Wheelie Book - from Live & Learn

Easy Bookmaking

Wheel Book Guestbook

RoadMonkey on August 25, 2019:

Useful tutorial on wheel books. So many options for helping learning and also improving motor skills as well as having craft fun.

LouisaDembul on April 08, 2011:

This is a great way of making mini-books, we use it often. Since they are not so big, you finish quickly- good for impatient children!

Mona from Iowa on April 07, 2011:

What a clever idea. I'll have to pass this on to a friend who actually gives book making workshops. She likes to offer several really easy ideas of books before the actual major book binding begins.

KimGiancaterino on October 20, 2010:

Excellent instructions, as always! This would be fun to do.

groovyoldlady on October 27, 2008:

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