The way schools (and daycares) are structured lately is astonishing. Although Austin is only 10 months old, we've had two parent-teacher conferences now. At these meetings, we discuss his development and the curriculum for the next 6 months. His daycare actually changes out the books and toys in the room to reflect this curriculum. The current one in place teaches the kids about animals and their babies. So, I wanted to reinforce what he's learning at school while we're at home. The first thing I thought of were fun flashcards for him to chew, throw, and of course, learn from. After searching high and low, I wasn't able to find anything I had in mind. First off, nothing I came across was aesthetically pleasing. There are a tons of amazing photographers out there, why hasn't anyone put their photos into learning tools for babies? Secondly, the cards I did find were not durable enough for a 10 months old. Our little boy, like most babies, will chomp, chew, rip, throw anything he gets his hands on. I also found some illustrated cards by wee gallery but I found them a bit abstract (and expensive). We actually own a set and Austin loves playing with them and I have to say the cards are quite resilient.
After a while, I gave up and decided to make some myself. Most of the images I used are free wallpaper downloads. Using photoshop, I added some text, resized each image to 3.75" x 4"and added a border to make the whole image 4" x 6" (this is just for easy printing).
If you like the images I used, here are a few for download: cow, pig, and camel.
Here are some materials you'll need:
- 4" x 5.25" cardboard pieces
- 3.75" x 5" photographs
- rounded corner punch
- contact paper
- If you had your photos printed to 4" x 6", cut them down to size.
- Round the corners of all the photos and cardboard pieces.
- Glue each photograph to the cardboard.
- Wrap each cardboard piece with contact paper front and back.