DLTK's Educational Ideas - Print and Assemble Books
A Frog on a Log
The mini-books are quite simple with images that should appeal to
young children and simple, repetitive rhyming words that children in
Kindergarten thru Grade
1 should be able to read themselves.
Feel free to make as many copies as you need (just don't sell them as
they're meant to be free for all to use.).
Use our Activity Worksheet,
or Word Families Activities to complement the mini book.
- paper (you can use a slightly heavier paper for a longer lasting book)
- something to color with (if using B&W template)
We have prepared a demonstration video about assembling your mini book. Watch it here.
- Print template of choice. The B&W version is fun for young
children to color in or for older children to color as gifts for younger
ones. I like printing a color cover and B&W pages.
- Color the template pieces if you are doing the B&W version.
Photos aren't for this book,
but the system works the same
Fold with pictures out
and trim if necessary
stack with odd
numbers on top
Watch a demonstration
video to help you
assemble your mini book.
- If you imagine a 'real' book for a second, you know that each page
has printing on the front and the back. We're going to fold
the pages to make it like a real book.
- Ignore the cover for now.
- Fold each page along the center dotted line so the images are
on the OUTSIDE and the blank sides of the paper are on the
inside (imagine you're making a greeting card).
- You can use a glue stick, if you like, to glue the pages together (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE COVER!)
- Stack the pages, so the odd numbers are on top and the folded edges are lined up. Trim with scissors or paper cutter if needed.
- Fold the cover page along the dotted line, again with the images on the outside.
- OPTIONAL: You can laminate the cover page or print it on cardstock if you want it to be more like a real book's cover.
ASSEMBLE THE BOOK:
- Open the cover page (like a folder) and slip the pages inside so that when you open the cover you'll see page 1 -- the unfolded edges
of the pages will go against the folded part of the cover.
- Close the cover page and tap the book so everything lines up.
- Put three or four staples along the edge to hold the book together.
- Trim again, if needed.
- Flip through the book once, carefully folding the pages to make the book easier for the children to read.
PRINTING THE TEMPLATES
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).
- There'll be less trimming to do if you also turn off the headers and footers.
Text of the Mini Book
(so you can read through it before printing)
please note: the word "once" is repeated on every page of the
story. This is a tougher word for younger children, but it is
common in children's stories (once upon a time) and is similar to sound
out as "one" so I thought it was worth including.
Pg 1 I once met a frog
who was riding a
Pg 2 I once met a frog
who was wearing a clog.
Pg 3 I once met a frog
who was sitting on a log.
Pg 4 I once met a frog
who was drinking some grog.
Pg 5 I once met a frog
who was living
Pg 6 I once met a frog
who was chasing a dog.
Pg 7 I once met a frog
who was hiding from smog.
Pg 8 I once met a frog
who was taking a jog.
Mini Book Templates:
Page 1 and 2 (color)
Page 3 and 4 (color)
Page 5 and 6 (color)
Page 7 and 8 (color)
Show you understand the story (color)
Write a few sentences inspired by the image:
Printable version of this instruction page