Graphic Design Elements for First Graders

January 28, 2016

This older post has been getting a bit of attention recently. I am doing this repost of it, as it’s a good reminder to me of how modest materials and few cuts can make stunning designs.

Playful Bookbinding and Paper Works

Book Covers by Frist Graderss

Book cover design has its challenges for all ages.  When the books that I make with children have a title page,  rather than repeat the title page info up front,  I like students to design a visually stunning cover. I used to give first graders lots of bits of cut paper, with the directions that they should cut and glue a nice design on to their covers. Those of you who work with first graders know exactly how that goes…..I’ve tried many approaches to the cover graphics, and recently I tried something out that is an elementary version of something I have done with adults. I was happy with the results, so here it is.

cut paper

I started out by letting students pick just one strip of 2″ x 8″ paper. They then took just two small pieces of paper from an assortment of bits of paper that were in a box. The technique that I encouraged was specific:

  • make just three or…

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One Response to “Graphic Design Elements for First Graders”

  1. Marne Meisel Says:

    I love this idea and it looks phenomenal 🙂

    On Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 6:38 PM, Playful Bookbinding and Paper Works wrote:

    > Paula Beardell Krieg posted: “This older post has been getting a bit of > attention recently. I am doing this repost of it, as it’s a good reminder > to me of how modest materials and few cuts can make stunning designs. ” >

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