As Electra dives deeper into the world of (pre) reading and books, we’re trying to get a handle on our bookshelf. I made this Maisy cardboard bookshelf divider for Electra as an experiment to see if it would help her understand that we can group books, and also guide her in putting her books away more easily. So far the divider has helped on both accounts, and I’m hoping to make some more dividers that correspond with our seasonal books, like a Christmas tree for Christmas, a heart for Valentine’s Day, and a jack-o-lantern for Halloween.
I traced the Maisy character onto computer paper, colored it, cut it out and glued it to the heavy duty wax treated cardboard I talked about in the Wheels on the Box post. I learned the hard way after hacking through a normal piece of corrugated cardboard that you really need the strength and rigidity of the waxy fruit box cardboard for this divider to hold up. (You can see my first and second tries below.)
I had to use quite a variety of tools to recreate Maisy’s chiseled features, including scissors, craft knife and mini cardboard saw, so I’ll have to get back to you on the quick and dirty way of getting through this tough cardboard. (If you have any suggestions I’d love to hear your ideas in the comment box.)
Maisy is a character from a series of books written and illustrated by Lucy Cousins. We especially love Maisy because we can get a bilingual version in English and Japanese that we check out from our local library. We have learned colors, shapes, textures and so much vocabulary from reading these books together. Maisy or Lucy, if you’re reading this, thank you for all the adventures!