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FREE Coloring Pages & Card Downloads

A little something for YOU! Download and print our Stay Home and We’re In This Together coloring pages for little reminders of how we can best practice social distancing and come together as a community! Or send some love to a far away friend or loved one with our greeting card template.

Color the world! Download the PDF here or print via the image below.

Practice social distancing to keep your community and neighbors safe by staying home! Take some inspiration and try one the activities on our coloring page. Download the PDF here or print via the image below.

Everyone loves receiving snail mail! So create your own greeting card and send to a loved one! Download the PDF here or print via the image below.

Make sure to share your creation with us @Maptote. When printing click “Scale to Print.” Please note these are for personal use only. All artwork is property of Maptote.

Posted on April 6th, 2020 by Maptote

DIY Journal

As we are all practicing social distancing, we created a fun activity for kids & adults! Learn how to make your very own journal with household items. You can use this journal to write, draw or follow some of our prompts. It makes for a great daily activity.

Materials

  • cereal box
  • a few sheets of 8.5 x 11 paper (depends on how many pages you want in your journal)
  • stickers
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • hole punch (if you do not have a hole punch tape will work)
  • string/twine
  • markers, colored pencils, or crayons
  • pencil

Step 1: Constructing the Cover

First, cut apart the cereal box so you can lay it flat to measure. Choose on of the boxes creases to be the spine of your cover. Measure and mark 6 inches out from the crease with your pencil. Do this to the left and right of crease. From you mark, measure vertically 9 inches. Connect all your markings and cut along the lines. This will create a 9 x 12 inch rectangle.

Step 2: Putting the Journal Together

The cereal box should now be about 12 x 9 inches. Fold in half along the crease. Fold the 8.5 x 11 inch pieces of paper in half — these will be your pages! Position your folded sheets of paper inside the cereal box cover. Using the hole punch, punch a hole about 1.5 inches from the top and bottom. It might be tough to do all the pages at once, so start with the cover and then use that hole as a template as you place each page inside. Repeat with the number of pages you would like in your journal. (If you do not have a hole punch, use tape down the center pages and wrap around to the back of the cover). Cut two pieces of 6 inch twine/ string. Position the folded pages inside your cover and line up the holes. Feed the string through the holes and loosely double knot. And viola you have a journal!

Step 3: Designing Your Cover

You can design your cover however you’d like but we decided to draw our initials on the front cover. Draw a block letter with a pencil and trace with marker (or colored pencils or crayons). Everyday you can add to the patterns and designs in your initial.

Step 4: Journal Prompts

We created some prompts that are great for kids to get you started! But you of course can just journal, free draw or come up with your own challenges. Get creative with your answers, feel free to use stickers, collage, drawings or words. We started with My Favorite Place Is… Then list your three favorite things about that place!

For the next prompt write where you live and then draw a picture of your house or apartment! It’s a great reason to get some fresh air, too!

Other prompts could include My Favorite Foods, Draw a Self Portrait, Draw a Map of Your Favorite Place…

Make sure to tag us on social media @Maptote if you decide to create a journal of your own and have fun! We can’t wait to see what you create 🙂

Posted on April 6th, 2020 by Maptote

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