Sanity Savers: El Dia del Niño- Make your own One Page Book

supported by the Peter C. Cornell Trust

Kelsey Capruso
Membership Coordinator  


1 piece of paper
Decorating supplies
Write your own story template (optional)  


5 minutes
Set up: 0 minutes
Inactive Time: n/a
Activity: 5 minutes 

Academic Subject(s):

English Language Arts, Arts

April 30th is “El Dia del Niño” or the Day of the Child! This celebration began in Mexico in 1925 and continues to be celebrated to this day! In 1996 libraries, universities and grassroots organizations worked to incorporate literacy and language skills into the celebration of El Dia del Niño. Each year the Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY leads the charge to share the goals of this annual celebration to:

  1. Recognize and honor the importance of children and childhood;
  2. Promote literacy and the importance of reading by linking children to books, languages, and culture in the home and at school;
  3. Honor home languages and cultures by promoting bilingual and multilingual literacy in this multicultural nation, and global understanding thru reading and art;
  4. Influence parents to become involved in the education of their children; o Encourage healthy eating habits for nourished bodies and healthy minds;
  5. Show our children the value of character, community, and good citizenship.

Today we are teaching you how to make your own book in celebration of El Dia del Niño!

Let your creativity SHINE in this simple one-page book. Whether you’re writing, journaling, doodling, or making a new comic series, these pages are the perfect platform. This project uses just one piece of paper to make five page book where you can let your imagination run wild. This Spring, I have been using my pages to track all the fun plants and animals I have noticed popping up in my yard.


Step 1: Grab your supplies! 1 piece of paper and scissors. Be sure to grab an adult if you need help cutting. Optional supplies include colored paper for a book cover, a glue stick, and coloring supplies.  Step 2: Fold the paper in half horizontally. Crease. Refold in the opposite direction. Crease.  
Step 3: Fold the short sides of the paper into the center fold. Crease. Refold in the opposite direction.  
Step 4: Fold the paper in half vertically. Crease. Refold in the opposite directions.  
Step 5:  Fold the paper in half horizontally. Cut along the center fold to meet the next fold.  
Step 6:  Fold the paper in half horizontally. Accordion your pages, creating a book by bringing all of the pages together in one hand.  
Step 7: Get creative.   

Ready, set, CREATE! I can’t wait to see all the fun things you fill the pages of your book with. Share your creation with us on our Facebook page

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