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Hands-on kids Activities

From our founding in 1881, NBSS has partnered with several local schools to provide hands-on learning experiences. Today, we still invite middle school students from several local schools to NBSS for weekly book arts and woodworking classes. But while schools are currently closed, our instructors are brainstorming ideas to keep their students engaged in hands-on learning at home.

Watch videos here of woodworking and book arts activities for all ages, which can be completed anywhere.

WATCH: Make a Book from a Single Sheet of Paper

Learn how to make a fun 8-page folded book from a single sheet of 8.5x11" paper, with NBSS Bookbinding graduates Erin Fletcher and Colin Urbina. When finished, decorate the inside however you like!

Craft Activities for Kids: Coming Soon!

Watch a video check in with our Middle School woodworking instructors Emily Fazzina CF '18 and Emily Natale. They've created some woodworking activity worksheets and coloring pages, and they're preparing some fun upcoming activities just for younger learners.

WATCH: How to Make an Edible Book!

April 1 is Edible Book Day, an event celebrated all around the world, where "edible books" are created, displayed, photographed, and then—best of all—consumed! Watch a great 30-minute video here, where NBSS instructors share how you can make your own book sandwich.

Looking for more? Check out "Color Me Essential," a new coloring book from Artists for Humanity. Featuring their mascot dog Bahk-Bahk, it honors all of the COVID-19 heroes in our communities.

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