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A DIY Mini Book for Kids

Updated on October 12, 2012

I found a tutorial on how to make a mini comic book for kids a few months ago. I have a 6 year old boy who goes to school who's curriculum lies heavily on the creative side. So I knew this would be good project to do.

But since I am not exactly a creative person, it took me quite a while to come up with something.

Simeli Mountain

After a bit of searching, I zeroed in on a Grimm's fairy tale called "Simeli Mountain". The choice was simple enough - I was confident I could draw a mountain. I highly doubted if I could pull off a big bad wolf or 7 dwarfs but I was sure I could do a mountain.

In a nutshell, Simeli Mountain is a story of a man who found a mountain filled with treasures. There is a secret door that opens and open when he speak the magic words. The villain is is his older brother, who upon learning that he suddenly became rich, beat him to tell him where he got his money. The older brother then went to the mountain himself and went crazy with greed when he saw the treasures. He spent too much time inside the mountain that he forgot the magic words and was trapped.

Materials Used

To make the mini book, I used the reverse side of a notepad so it's free of any characters signs or logos.

Then I used some colored pencils for the drawings.

Making the Pages

Since I didn't have a picture book to copy from, I had to call out (or maybe beg) my inner creativity to come forth and inspire me. I drew the characters and events out of pure imagination.


After 10 pages, I made the cover page, put the title in it and sew it up.

How to Use

Since this is mainly a picture mini book, parents/guardians can use each page as a guide to tell the story of the Simeli Mountain or any other story that they wish to create. It's that simple.



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    • mommy ara profile image

      mommy ara 5 years ago from Philippines

      Hi ComfortB! I will take note of your suggestion and do that on my next mini book. Thanks for kind words and the vote up. Cheers!

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      Comfort Babatola 5 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      I used to do this for my kids too. Even had a book written in MS Word. They still do treasure them. You can even make a book cover with card stock or fabric.

      Nice hub. Voted up and beautiful.