Sometimes, the easiest way to get kids excited about reading has nothing to do with reading at all. Bookmark printables might be the way.

An easy, low-supply activity is something all teachers should have on their list. It makes for a great rainy day activity, can fill time between transitions, or can give you some quiet when you need to regroup. Making bookmarks is a literary-focused activity that doesn’t require much support and can get your kids pumped about reading.

For this activity, you’ll only need a few things:

  • Pieces of paper
  • Markers and stickers
  • Laminator (optional)
  • Hole punch (optional)
  • Tassels (optional)
  • Beads (optional)

The foundations of this activity are simple; all you need is paper and markers! Cut them out to bookmark size and let your kiddos use their creativity to make their bookmark or make a bookmark for a friend. If they want to make bookmarks with quotes, they can do that too.  Just give them soem options ahead of time. If you did want to get fancy, you could collect bookmarks at the end of the day and laminate them or punch holes in the top to add beads and tassels. Regardless, your students will appreciate seeing their work on display.

This activity easily fits in as an “I’m Done, What Do I Do Next?” activity for your students who tend to finish projects a little earlier. You can also attempt a monthly theme with your bookmarks or get students ready for a new literacy or art unit with a bookmarks printable project.

If you’re doing a poetry unit, challenge students to make literary-themed poems or a poem from the perspective of your bookmark. Or, you can write things like “You Got This!” or “Keep Going, You Rock!” on the bookmarks of students who have low confidence in their reading skills.

The possibilities are endless for this activity, and it doesn’t take too much prep work on your end. Your readers who need a little extra push to read, or might need some encouragement to get from one chapter to the next, will love seeing a positive message on their bookmark with quotes on it or sayings on it as they read. And if nothing else, this project is an excellent gift for a caregiver!

I have attached some examples to this blog post.  

 Also, if you are looking for cute printable bookmarks to color take a look at these science bookmarks.