Are your kids reading chapter books? Foster their love of reading with these free printable colour-by-number bookmarks! Not only will this printable provide a fun colouring activity for your little ones, but it will also help them practice their number recognition skills.
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I have always been an avid reader, and now that my older kids are big enough for chapter books, I couldn’t be more thrilled.
There is something so magical about rediscovering the classics with someone who has never heard them before… and since we don’t have time to read an entire chapter book every evening, it gives our kids something to look forward to all day long!
With chapter books comes the need for bookmarks. And since my kids loved the hand-drawn colouring bookmarks I created for them, I figured I’d create some more!
Like this freebie? Check out this hand-drawn set!
Foster your child’s love of reading with these gorgeous hand-drawn colouring bookmarks. This large bundle includes:
- Spring-themed bookmarks (set of 6)
- Summer-themed bookmarks (set of 6)
- Fall-themed bookmarks (set of 6)
- Winter-themed bookmarks (set of 6)
Great for teachers, homeschoolers, parents, or even for adults who use colouring as a way to unwind!
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Download Your Free Colour-In Bookmarks
You can download the printable colouring bookmark PDF by clicking the download link below (no sign-up required):
Each bookmark measures 2” x 6”, which is a standard size for bookmarks. The colour-by-number key appears at the top of the page and will not be visible once the bookmarks have been coloured in and cut down to size.
How to Use & Preserve the Bookmarks
1. Print Bookmarks on Cardstock
Once you have downloaded the file, open it on your phone or computer and print it on Letter-sized paper or cardstock.
If you would like the bookmarks to last and you’re planning on laminating them, choose whichever option works best for you. Cardstock is thicker, but the plastic from the laminating sheet will protect the bookmarks well, so regular printer paper should hold up just fine.
If you aren’t planning on laminating them, I recommend using cardstock.
Regular printer paper is very flimsy and probably won’t last very long once you start using the bookmarks. Cardstock is thicker and more durable, and will allow you to get some use out of your bookmarks.
It will also hold up better if you choose to use markers to colour in the bookmarks.
That being said, if you’re just using this printable as a fun activity and you don’t care how long the bookmarks last, feel free to simply use regular printer paper!
2. Colour Bookmarks
Give the printed bookmarks to your child and let them have fun colouring in each section with markers, crayons or pencils!
There is a key at the top of the colouring page that indicates which colour each number represents.
However, if your child is not old enough to read the names of the colours, feel free to circle each word using the appropriate colour. My kids are all too young to read, so that is always what I do when they are using colour-by-number sheets!
3. Laminate Bookmarks (Optional)
This step is optional, but here are two reasons why you may want to do it:
- It will protect your DIY bookmarks and make them last much longer
- It will protect your books because the pages won’t come directly into contact with marker ink, pencil lead or whatever else you used to colour in the bookmarks
I personally LOVE our thermal laminator and use it for everything. It was really inexpensive and it is so great for protecting children’s artwork or making reusable educational printables!
To laminate the bookmarks, simply place four of them in a laminating pouch and laminate them according to your machine’s instructions. Make sure you leave enough room in between each bookmark to give yourself a good margin for cutting.
I used a paper trimmer to cut off the excess plastic because I love how easy it is and how clean the cuts are. But if you don’t have one at home, you can simply use scissors.
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