Download, Research, Hand Coloring, and Assembly Instructions.

Vine Maple Black and White Assembled Magic Book

I.  Gather Supplies

  1. Scissors or Utility Knife and Cutting Mat
  2. 12-18″ ruler
  3. Pencil
  4. Set of 12 Colored Pencils (Prisma Color brand works best since they have the most pigment.)
  5. 2 sheets of legal-size paper –white or ivory works best.
  6. Tablet, Smart Phone or Computer for on-line research

II.  Download and Print PDFs

  1. Click to Download Booklet 
  2. Print BWVineMapleBookletSide1and2
    1. Use “scale to fit” – “print entire image” in printable area option. 
    2. Print on legal-size paper
    3. Use the highest quality print setting.
    4. Choose the two-sided feature on your printer (with short edge binding) or simply feed the printer manually. 
    5. Center the image and choose the highest quality print setting.
Vine Maple Booklet Print-Out Side 1
Vine Maple Booklet Print-Out Side 2

            3.  Download the Black and White Vine Maple Insert Cards.  Click to download BWVineMapleCards

          4.  Print BWVineMapleInsertCards

  • Use one-sided legal-size paper.
  • Choose highest quality print option
  • Print at 100%
  • Don’t use “Scale to Fit”
Vine Maple Cards to Insert into Booklet

III.  Hand color the booklet and the cards

  1. Colored Pencils: Prisma Color colored pencils are the best, but others such as Crayola will work.  Just get a box of 12 colors.  Then you can mix them to create additional colors.  Start with the lighter colors and then add the darker ones on top to blend.
  2. Plant Image Colors:  Notice the images on the booklet and the cards are organized around the seasonal changes in the plant such as budding, leafing out, flowering, fruiting, and changing leaf color in the fall. Use this website’s Plant Image Library (click here) to see what the plant looks like in different seasons.  You can also use additional resource books and websites (click here). Even better, go outside and observe the plant.  Then just try to match the colors.
  3. Animal Colors:  Use this website’s Animal Image Library (click here) to find out the colors of the animals.

III.  Write your own text

          1.  Turn the booklet page over and find the research questions.

Vine Maple Research Questions

          2.  Use the Plant Image Library on this website or the additional resources to answer the questions.  Write your own answers in the booklet.

IV.  Assemble Accordion Book

You can follow the instructions below or download the assembly instructions by clicking here: BWBookletVineMapleInstructions

  1. Trim 1/8” along the short edges of the page. (Note that the printer uses this 1/8 inch on each side to feed the paper into the printer.)
Vine Maple Booklet Side One

          2.  Fold paper in half “hamburger-style” with the side with the animals on the outside and the title page on the inside.

Vine Maple Booklet Folded in Half

          3.  Fold First Side Toward the Center Fold

     4.  Turn the book over and fold the other edge to the center fold.

         5.  Unfold book with side 1 (with the animals) facing up.

Unfolded Booklet Side 1

          6.  Cut out the gray shapes with scissors or a utility knife.  

          7.  It will look like this when the gray shapes have been cut out.

Booklet Side 1 with the gray shapes cut out.

          8.  Refold the accordion book so that the title page is on the front.

Re-folded Accordion Booklet

          9.  Gather the printout of the two cards (that you hand colored) of the two cards that will be inserted into the magic book. 

Printout of the Hand-Colored Cards to be Inserted into the Magic Book

          10. Cut out the cards by removing the gray shapes.  The cards will look like this:

          11.  Fold each card in half hamburger style.

          11.  Return to the accordion fold book shown in step 8.  Open it.  Weave Card 1 over Yellow Warbler, under Red-Breasted Nuthatch, over Cedar Waxwing and under Mason Bee.  If it is too difficult to insert the card because the card is too wide, you can trim a bit off of the right-hand (non-fold) side.

Weaving Card 1 into the Booklet

          12.  Turn the page and fold Yellow Warbler and Cedar Waxwing flaps to the right side.  You will see two new slots.

          12.  Slip Card Two into the two new slots, behind the Yellow Warbler and Cedar Waxwing. If this is too difficult, because the card is too wide, trim a bit off the right hand, non-fold side.  It also helps to keep the flaps straight.  

Inserting Card 2 into the Magic Book

          13.  Turn the page and you will see:

          14.  Close the book so the back cover is facing up:

Back Cover of Magic Book

          15. Open the right-hand folded edged to reveal a hidden pocket. 

          16.  This is information you gathered.   I hope this process helps you to identify Vine Maple and these animals when you see them outside.  Even better, I hope you plant a Vine Maple in your backyard or in a pot on your porch or deck.  To see Vine Maple plants or help with Native Plant Restoration, see the Resource Page.  To make another booklet, click here: