Outdoor Books for the Outdoor Classroom

An Outdoor Classroom means we spend all day outside, which includes story time! As we transitioned to our all day outside curriculum the book issue became quite apparent, quite quickly. Between weather, dirt, moisture, and well, 12 children a day, our books were not up for the wear and tear of being outside. This lead to a brilliant idea, laminate those books!!

What you’ll need:

  • Laminator
  • Laminator Sheets. We use Scotch™ Letter Size Lamination Pouches
  • Paper Cutter
  • Three Hole Punch
  • Staple Remover
  • Staples™ Loose Leaf 1 inch size metal rings. 16 pack found Here  (3 per book)
  • Books!


What to do: 

First, the books to be brought outside need to be selected. Paperback books are the easiest to transfer as the staple is right there on the binding. At first we selected books we had multiples of and then selected books we found fit with our theme of nature and the outdoors.

If the page numbers are not marked, write them in yourself! You will want to be sure of the order once you disassemble the book!!

Use the staple remover to remove the staples from the binding and dispose of them. You will then need to cut the page in half at the binding. For a neater, straighter, quicker cut, use a paper cutter. If using scissors, only cut a few pages at a time.

You will then stack the pages in order from cover to cover. Taking one page at a time, place each one in a laminator sheet.
Once the laminator is hot and ready, you can begin to send the pages through. As they come out you can stack them back in order.

Even if the pages are smaller than the laminator sheet we have found it best to not trim them. This allows us to place each sheet into the three hole punch.
Once all pages are laminated and hole punched attach a metal ring into the three holes.  Your book is complete!


For storage keep them in a dry place as heavy saturation will seep through the lamination.

To clean, wipe with a damp cloth and dry.

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