Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Extended Family Photo Books

Now that the holidays are over, use those holiday photo cards you received to make a photo book with your child, complete with name labels. You can use construction paper, card stock from an office supply store or craft paper, ... or anything at all! One friend has even done this with brown paper bags ... use your imagination!

Take the cards of cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. - or far-away (or close) friends and mount them on pages that will allow you some extra room to put on names with a brightly colored marker. If you want to write right on the photo, there are even markers designed exactly for that! Make sure that you make the letters kid-friendly, to encourage letter association (e.g. Grandma starts with "g") and beginning sound development. Associating letters and sounds with things or, in this case, people, that are near and dear to their hearts, will spur their interest! Then, read this home-made book again and again with your children - it will be a favorite!

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