Project-Based Learning: Paper Projects

Thank you to everyone for such kind comments about this series!  We’re on a roll and today I’m just going to dive right into more project ideas – this time, using simple pieces of paper.  Yep, paper and a few art supplies can go a l-o-n-g way.

Simple Paper Projects for Project-Based Learning @CindyWest (Our Journey Westward)

Grab a few very basic supplies and get started right away with powerful project-based learning using paper!

Supplies to Keep Around the House

plain white copy paper – 8 1/2″ x 11″, 8 1/2″ x 14″

colored copy paper – pastels, brights

card stock – white, colored

construction paper

lined notebook paper

journals – lined, blank

basic art supplies – pencils, crayons, markers, colored pencils, scissors, glue, tape

Paper Project Ideas for Project-Based Learning @CindyWest (Our Journey Westward)

Projects To Do With Paper

Notebooking pages  – Often, I simply ask my children to use a piece of paper and turn it into a chart, illustration, diagram or map and add some writing about the topic.  Sometimes we’ll compile notebooking pages into a “book” about the topic.  Sometimes, we’ll glue the notebooking pages into a file folder to make a “file folder report”, or glue them on a cereal box and add a prop inside to make a “cereal box report.”

Postcards, Brochures, Newsletters, Advertisements – Turning factual information into something “real” has always motivated my children.

Writing for an Audience“Published” books, journals, writing submitted to the newspaper or a magazine, or even blogging give children an outlet for writing projects with a “real” purpose.

Paper “Crafts” – Our projects aren’t just for crafting (or time wasting as my son would say), they are for a purpose.  For instance, to make quick characters for a stick puppet drama to reenact a history event.  Other crafting type projects might include scrapbooking, making quick models, and cut-outs for another project (like a mobile.)

These ideas only skim the tip of the iceberg for using paper in PBL.  Once your children get the hang of diving into projects, you’ll be amazed at the things they find to do with paper.

Join me tomorrow when we talk about Real-Life Project-Based Learning!

Learn More About Project-Based Learning

What exactly is project-based learning, why would you want to do it, and what exactly do you do to pull it off successfully? This Homeschool Masterclass shares everything you need to know!


  1. I’ve been loving this series. Can’t wait to link to it when I share about my daughter’s project based learning endeavors that I shared with you about.

  2. I am getting so many ideas from this series, Cindy, and pinning each post for referencing later. I am feeling equipped to incorporate some PBL in our home school. Thank you!

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