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May 20, 201910 Homemade Gifts Kids Can Make for Their Dad Heroes this Father’s Day

What do you get for the man who has everything but is also the man who is everything to you? As Father’s Day approaches, children everywhere look for ways to show their dads just how special they are. While you can spend a lot of money buying the special men in your life an extravagant present, they will most likely prefer a gift from the heart.

Fortunately, there are tons of DIY Father’s Day gifts that even little ones can design and make that will show their dads how much they are loved. Today, we are sharing some of our favorite DIY gifts for dad to help you get started.

Making Memories Jar

For the dad who is big on experiences and quality time, kids can create a Making Memories Jar. The idea is for kids to write down special activities they want to do with their dad and place these ideas inside a jar for dad to pull out when he is ready for some special one-on-one time. For example, write these potential experiences on scraps of paper, LEGO blocks, or popsicle sticks and place in a mason jar.

Handprint Art

Handprint art never gets old and is always appreciated because it visually marks your child’s age and size. Plus, you can put handprints on anything and make it go from boring to special. For instance, handprint art can appear on much more than a canvas. If Dad is a grill master, have the kids put their handprints on an apron. If Dad is a businessman, have the kids put their thumbprints on his tie.

Personalized Mug

Dads who love coffee will love it even more when they drink it from a kid-decorated mug. There are tons of ideas online for personalized mugs for dads. For example, you can use Sharpie markers to design and decorate a mug just for dad. Then, bake it at 250 degrees for 2 hours.

Candygram

If Dad has a sweet tooth, create a personalized candygram just for him. Your kids will love thinking of funny puns to use when crafting the candy-coded message for their dad. For example: Dad, you deserve “100 grand” for Father’s Day, but it wasn’t “PayDay.”

Personalized Keychains

Generally, dads aren’t gifted with alphabet necklaces or bracelets like moms. However, you can incorporate those same tools (alphabet beads, leather or plastic string) to make a manly personalized keychain. Let kids string the message, such as BEST DAD, and then add the split ring (key ring).

Car Wash Kit

Some dads love detailing their cars. If this sounds familiar, then he’d love the gift of a car wash kit. Instead of buying a pre-assembled kit, take the kids to the store and let them pick out the various supplies. Then, decorate the bucket!

Photo Coasters

Even the most novice DIY crafters can make beautiful tile photo coasters using mod podge. Purchase white ceramic tiles from a hardware store and have photos printed. Then, using mod podge and brush, you will coat the tile. Next, place the photo on the coated tile and cover it with mod podge. You will apply several coats and let it dry for a couple of days before using.

DIY Tie Rack

Speaking of ties, if your family is big on giving Dad ties for Father’s Day, this year take it up a notch. Build him a DIY tie rack using wood boards, a hammer, and nails. For full instructions, check out this Craftaholics Anonymous Tutorial.

Popsicle Stick Bookmarks

For dads who are avid readers, have kids design and make silly popsicle stick bookmarks. Use craft supplies you have on hand, such as markers, construction paper, and felt, or splurge for wiggly eyeball and mustache stickers to add a more personalized popsicle-stick-person flair.

My Dad is Great Personalized Board Book

Make Dad a gift he will treasure for years to come. Pint Size Productions My Dad is Great Board Book is perfect for Father’s Day. This playful book is designed to let you show Dad how much he means to you. This unique board book allows you to add eight photos and customize the book with a special inner dedication area.

In addition to Pint Size’s My Dad is Great Board Book, we also have 9 Father’s Day Board Book Ideas To Make The Perfect Gift For Dad. We hope you find just the right way to say “I love you, Dad” this Father’s Day.

May 7, 20199 First Birthday Book Ideas for Celebrating Your Little One

It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year since your little one arrived. During this first year, you’ve likely had less sleep than ever before but felt more love than ever before. You’ve watched your baby grow and change right before your eyes.

Surely you have been snapping pictures left and right because you don’t want to miss any of these precious moments. So rather than leaving these photos on your phone or social media feed, make a personalized board book.

A first birthday photo book is a great way to commemorate this special occasion. Plus, it is a wonderful way to create a keepsake you will treasure for years to come. Different from the traditional baby book, a board book is one that can also be enjoyed by your baby.

Below, you will find theme and template suggestions from the Pint Size Productions Library plus a few ideas for designing your own Pint Size book. The possibilities are endless when it comes to your child’s first-year board book.

Birthday Boy/Girl

Pint Size has a predesigned birthday board book template for boys and girls. This fun, celebratory board book template is birthday themed with birthday graphics. Parents can add up to 8 photos of their favorite moments from their baby’s special day. Additionally, there is space for customizable text on each page.

My Little Year

Offering four different cover colors (green, white, blue or pink), Pint Size’s “My Little Year” board book is a great choice for baby’s first birthday. This board book features cute animals and memory themed prompts such as “I learned,” “I loved,” and “I visited.” This book will be one of your baby’s favorites.

Birthday ABC’s

A fantastic way to celebrate a baby’s first year and introduce letters is to create a birthday ABC themed board book. Pint Size’s ABC template follows a simple “A is for…” pattern for each letter allowing parents to add a picture that corresponds with each letter such as “C is for CAKE.”

Month by Month

Design your own board book using a month by month theme. Fill one of our board books with your favorite photos and memories from each month of your baby’s first year. Keep it simple by stating the date and your baby’s age (in months).

Milestone Memories

The first year of a baby’s life is filled with milestones such as first smile and first food. Design a board book that celebrates all the big firsts in your baby’s life by choosing photos that highlight these milestone moments.

My How You’ve Grown

If you have been taking monthly photos, design a board book using these photos to showcase how your baby has grown. For example, some parents use month shirt stickers. Or other parents take a photo of their little one in the same spot with the same toy to show how much they’ve grown.

We hope your baby has a very happy birthday and that you get a chance to celebrate with an extra slice of cake. You deserve it! Preserve those special moments in a special celebratory first birthday board book. If you are ready to begin, hop over to our Pint Size Board Book Library or create a custom board book of your own!

April 2, 2019Celebrate Your Baby’s Arrival with a Birth Announcement Board Book

There is something so fun and special about announcing your baby’s birth. While it’s easy to post a picture to Facebook, it’s also common practice to send out an official announcement. Typically, a birth announcement consists of a card sent by mail to family and friends introducing them to the newest member of the family.

But what if you could share all the details about your baby in a truly unique and unforgettable way? Instead of a card that is glanced over and forgotten, a birth announcement board book will be treasured for years.

Why a Birth Announcement Board Book is the Perfect Choice

When you send a traditional birth announcement, you are limited in what you can share. Even if you choose a larger card, you only have the front and back of the card to share all the special moments. That’s not enough. You could write a whole book about your baby!

Pint Size Production’s custom board books allow you to design a board book that contains multiple photographs, as well as several text boxes to share your baby’s story. No more worrying about having to pick and choose what to include.

A custom board book works as a personalized photo book. Grandma and Grandpa will love looking through the birth announcement board book again and again. Plus, all those who love your baby like their own will be able to show the board book to others proudly.

What to Include In Your Birth Announcement Board Book

A traditional birth announcement should include the following information:

  • The parent’s names
  • The baby’s full name
  • The baby’s birthdate and time
  • The baby’s weight and length
  • The baby’s birthplace

However, when you create a custom board book for your birth announcement, you have space for more information. For example, you may choose to include part of the birth story or your baby’s first days at home.

Additionally, it is proper etiquette to send a birth announcement within six months of your baby’s birth. Should you choose to wait a few months, you can also include major milestones such as their first smile.

Birth Announcement Photo Ideas

There are tons of ways to be creative with your birth announcement photos. And the fun of using a board book is that you don’t have to choose just one! For instance, parents often choose to hire a professional photograph to capture their sleeping, swaddled baby. In addition to your professional baby photos, a board book gives you space to add in some candid photographs. You can also include pictures of your whole family and the baby’s nursery.

Choosing Who Receives a Birth Announcement Board Book

Ultimately, it is up to you to choose who receives the birth announcement book. Since a personalized board book is a valuable gift, you should give it to those individuals who will appreciate it the most. Such as, close family and friends rather than co-workers or neighborhood acquaintances.

Some parents may opt to send out traditional birth announcement cards to everyone they know while also choosing to gift those they are closest to with a more personal birth announcement book. Other parents may choose to create a birth announcement book just for themselves as a beautiful way to remember all the special moments of their baby’s arrival.

Other Ways Personalized Board Books Can Celebrate Your New Arrival

 

Similarly, a Pint Size custom board book can be designed to celebrate adoptions as well. Your board book can share all the special information about the newest member of your family in much of the same way.

Whether you plan to create a custom birth announcement board book or simply a board book about life with your new baby, Pint Size Productions has what you need! If you are ready to begin, hop on over to our Pint Size Board Book Library or create a custom board book of your own!

March 19, 2019Board Book vs. Hardcover: What’s The Difference?

If you want to raise a reader, then you want a book in their hands as soon as possible. But are books safe for your baby? The real question is: what type of book is safest for even the littlest of hands?

Experts say that board books are the best way to introduce babies to reading. So let’s take a look at why parents should stock their babies’ bookshelves with quality board books.

Board Book vs. Hard Cover Book

A hardcover book is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a book that is designed with a hardcover, but it has traditional paper pages inside. If you are a book collector, you most likely prefer hardback books over paperbacks because they’re more durable. The outside cover works to protect the inner pages and the pages are bound with stitching or glue.

However, hardcover books only work well to protect the inner pages when adults treasure them. Babies and toddlers can easily rip and tear the inner pages leaving the hardcover intact but the pages destroyed. This is just one of the reasons why board books are recommended for babies – they are made to withstand all of your baby’s chomping, tossing, tearing, and more.

In comparison, a board book is a subgenre of the picture book that is designed for the youngest of children. The entire board book, even the inner pages, is made of highly durable paperboard that is specially folded and bound. Even the corner pages are rounded out as to not harm any curious babies.

Why Board Books are Safer for Babies

Designed for babies from birth to age 3, board books are safer than their counterparts. They fit perfectly in their little hands, can be easily held, turned, stacked, and tossed. However, babies also like to explore everything with their mouths, which is one of the reasons why board books are safer. You’d rather have them chew the corner of a board book than munch and swallow pieces of paper.

Additionally, Pint Size Productions uses safe materials that are made in the USA. Our board books are coated with either gloss UV or Aqueous matte coating. And we never laminate our board books due to the hazard of using film lamination on a baby book. We also regularly safety test our board books with a certified independent testing lab to make certain our board books are always in compliance with the United States CPSC requirements.

Board Books Nurture a Love of Reading

The NY Times suggests, “Becoming a reader starts as soon as your baby pays attention to board books.” The unique design of a board book is the perfect introduction to reading. They allow babies to explore the text and pictures with each of their senses safely. By showing babies that reading is fun and that they can play with books, you are fostering an early love of reading.

Board books also provide precious bonding opportunities. Highlights magazine explains, “Intimate moments spent sharing simple board books with baby help build listening and visual skills that form the basis for independent reading later on.” With illustrations and a few words, board books offer plenty of “point and say” opportunities.

A Personalized Board Book is the Perfect Building Block for Your Baby’s Library

Now that you understand why board books are the best option for your little one, let us tell you why you are going to love Pint Size Productions custom board books. We take all the things you love about board books – quality, durable, and safety – and let you add your precious memories into the book itself. We offer a variety of pre-designed board book templates and personalization options for popular Sandra Boynton board books. Additionally, you can design your own board book from start to finish!

What are you waiting for? Get started today with our Pint Size Board Book Library!

 

March 5, 2019Customize Your Own Are You a Cow? Board Book

Whether you are a longtime Boynton fan, or this is the first time you have heard the name, you will be tickled to discover you can gift the special child in your life with a personalized Boynton board book creation. From the bright covers to the comical animal characters to the sing-song lines, Sandra Boynton’s books always captivate the minds of even the youngest readers.

Why Boynton Books Have Stood the Test of Time

At this point, almost everyone has seen one of Sandra Boyton’s animal characters on a card, a calendar, a social media post, or in a book. For parents of young children, Sandra Boynton is THE author that appears in every nursery library. Her whimsical board books are short enough to read to babies but enjoyable enough to continue reading as they grow.

Sandra Boyton’s books have sold more than 70 million copies worldwide. To put it simply: children and parents alike love her. With simple animal characters and silly lines, Boyton has helped parents put their children to bed since 1977. Using her signature animals and rhythms, Boynton’s books help teach children animal noises, colors, opposites, and even, emotions.

Are You a Cow? is a Creative and Silly Way to Teach Sense of Self

Are You a Cow? is a book that encourages children to listen and respond with its unique question approach. Each page of this adorable board book asks the reader if he or she is a certain animal such as “Are you a duck? No.” Page after page will have kids laughing in response to being absurdly asked if they are cows or pigs or an upside-down chicken.

On the last page of this super-silly book, the reader is told that you are you – and isn’t that great! This is a playful way to teach little ones self-identity. It teaches babies to self-identify and to be proud of their individuality.

Start Teaching Your Child to Recognize His Name

Did you know that the first word children often recognize in print is their own names? By personalizing a board book with your child’s name, you are already helping teach this critical life skill. Before your child even starts school, he or she will be able to identify his or her name in print.

Pint Size Productions Unique Personalization Features for Are You a Cow?

Sandra Boynton’s Are You a Cow? is already a common board book found in children’s home libraries. However, with Pint Size Production’s personalized Boyton board books, this book becomes even more precious. The absurd line of questioning whether the reader is an animal stays the same, but the child is inserted into the story. What a fun treat!

Our very special personalized version of Boyton’s Are You a Cow? allows you to insert the child’s name as well as two photos. Not only can you add a special dedication for the child at the beginning, but your child will also love reading the final page declaring “You must be Carson!” with a picture of himself.

Additionally, this personalized edition has space for the child’s picture to appear alongside all of the familiar Boynton cartoon animals. This fun photo lineup page asks, “Which one are you?” This question and image line-up is another great way to get your child involved in the reading process.

Other Sandra Boynton Fun

We also offer a personalized edition of another super popular Sandra Boynton board book, Moo, Baa, La, La, La. Plus, we offer several plush dolls of Boynton’s most popular characters that will make story time even more exciting for Boynton’s youngest fans.

Give the special child in your life a book that is just as special as he or she is. Start personalizing Sandra Boynton’s Are You a Cow? today! For even more ideas about personalized board books from Pint Size Productions, be sure to check out our Pint Size Board Book Library for ideas on how to create a custom board book.

February 15, 2019Boost Baby’s Brain Power With Board Books

 

It’s hard to imagine that the baby who isn’t even speaking will one day be reading independently. But it will happen – and sooner than you think! One day your child will be listening in awe as you read her favorite story; and the next, she will be reciting the words from memory and pretending to read on her own. When this happens the first time, you will think it is magic.

And, that magic starts with you.

Why It Is Never Too Early to Start Reading to Your Little One

Some people struggle to understand why it is important to read to babies since babies don’t speak. This is actually one of the main reasons why you should read to your baby. Every time you read aloud to your baby, you are teaching early literacy skills.

Think we are saying that just because we are in the book business? Wrong.

Check out this statement from The American Academy of Pediatrics: “In 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a policy statement recommending parent-child home reading beginning at birth and continuing at least through kindergarten. Behavioral evidence has shown that children who are read to, especially before school entry, experience stronger parent-child relationships and learn valuable language and literacy skills.”

The Many Benefits of Reading to Babies

As Marilyn Jager Adams wrote, “Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read.” Reading to your baby is the best way to start developing those early literacy skills, such as understanding how books work.

Plus, reading to babies has shown to have these additional benefits:
• Strengthening bonds between parent and child
• Developing baby’s vocabulary
• Exposing baby to language
• Soothing baby (which is why many parents include reading as part of their bedtime routine)

When babies are exposed to books, it means they are exposed to language. This helps children avoid the “Word Gap.” As KinderCare explains, “The term ‘Word Gap’ was first coined in 1995 when research found that children exposed to fewer words are at risk for poor early literacy skills, which can have an impact on future academic, social and economic success.”

How to Make the Most of Storytime

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”- Emilie Buchwald
Now that we’ve covered all the whys, let’s talk about the fun stuff: how to read to your baby. Reading to your baby should be fun – not awkward!

Use these suggestions to make the most of storytime.
• Sit your baby on your lap for storytime. This is a great way to cuddle and bond. It also helps your baby focus more easily.
• As you read, point to pictures and illustrations. Use words to point out what the illustration is showing.
• Ask questions as you read. Of course, your baby will not respond, but you are reinforcing early literacy skills and teaching your little one how to ask and respond.
• Talk about the book as you read. Many board books only have a few words on each page. Don’t feel like you have to only read the words on the page.
• Use expression as you read aloud.
• Parent tip – choose books that you love reading because you will (and should) read the same books over and over again.

Finally, encourage your baby to play and interact with books. Pint Size Board Books have been made with babies in mind. Our books are built to withstand baby chewing, bending, stacking, and tossing. If babies are allowed to play with books, they will grow up believing books are fun.

Use Pint Size Productions Board Books to Build Baby’s Library

Pint Size Productions is the perfect place to start building your baby’s library. Our books are designed to be fun and personal. Our custom board books allow you to create books just for your little one. For example, if your baby loves your family’s four-legged friend, you can personalize the My Pet is the BEST Board Book. Or, if your little one is crazy for dinosaurs, we offer a dinosaur themed board book. We have templates for comic books, monsters, family, ABC’s, and more. If you have a special idea in mind, you can even create a custom board book of your own!

Plus, Pint Size Productions offers personalization for two of the most popular and well-loved board books by Sandra Boynton. Your baby will love the bright animal illustrations and the silly sing-song lines in the story. Add in a photo of your baby and his or her name, and these books will become your baby’s favorite.

If you are ready to begin, hop over to our Pint Size Board Book Library!

December 19, 201812 Fun Things That Will Make Christmas Even More Magical

Children help adults remember the magic of Christmas. All it takes is seeing the joy and excitement on a child’s face when he or she wakes up Christmas morning to discover what Santa left behind. Everything from magical elves to trips to sit on Santa’s lap makes this a season full on wonder.

And, parents are the ones who control the magic. It is up to parents to make Christmas magical. The more magic we embrace in our homes, the more our kids will grow up believing in magic. If you are looking for ways to make Christmas even more magical, you’ve come to the right place! We’re listing twelve fun things parents can do that will have their kids bubbling over with Christmas joy.

Utilize websites and apps to get personalized messages from Santa

With technology, it is easier than ever before to make Santa real in your child’s eyes. For example, Texts from Santa is a website where registered users can get daily text messages from Santa on the days leading up to Christmas. Even better – this same site allows users to create a Santa selfie with a picture of Santa in your own home to show your kids Christmas morning. Plus, some websites will create personalized Santa videos for children, such as Portable North Pole.

“Elf” your neighbors

Teach your kids how to spread Christmas cheer in a fun way by “elfing” your neighbors. Fill treat bags with Christmas goodies and stealthily place them on your neighbors’ doorstep, ring the bell, and hide! The key is to keep it a surprise gift from a secret neighborhood elf.

Take a special Christmas Eve light ride

On Christmas Eve, when your kids are too excited to go to bed, load them up in the family van in their pajamas. Pack popcorn, cookies, and thermos filled with hot cocoa, and drive around town looking at Christmas lights.

Track Santa’s path

Tracking Santa is another fun and easy way to make Christmas even more magical. In addition to television news stations tracking Santa’s path, you can also track Santa using websites, apps, and even by asking Siri or Alexa where Santa is currently located.

Leave food for Santa AND his reindeer

While most families leave Santa milk and cookies, you can take it up a notch by leaving food for Santa’s reindeer too. Simply leave out a few carrots or apples outside for the reindeer to munch on while Santa leaves the gifts.

Wear fun Christmas pajamas

At bedtime, present kids with a new pair of special Christmas pajamas and read your family’s favorite Christmas story such as The Polar Express or ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. This is a tradition that your family will be able to continue year after year – even as your kids grow.

Leave a special note in your child’s stocking from Santa

A great way to make Christmas not only about gifts is to also leave a note from Santa that describes the things your child has done well this year. A simple short note that praises a child’s best qualities is a wonderful gift to give a child.

Mark the spot where Santa and his reindeer stood

Give your children proof that Santa visited beyond eating the cookies. Mark a spot by the gifts with a boot print with a white powder such as flour. In your yard, leave glitter to show the magical reindeer flew over your yard.

Wrap the doorway

If your kids must walk through a doorway to get to their stockings and presents, use wrapping paper to wrap the space. Kids will love having to bust through the Christmas paper to find what is awaiting them.

Send kids on a Christmas scavenger hunt

You know what is even better than being handed a gift? Being sent on a fun scavenger hunt to find your present! Create a short scavenger hunt that will lead kids to their “big gift.” This will build their anticipation and create wonderful memories.

Enjoy a special Christmas breakfast

After all the presents have been opened, enjoy a special Christmas breakfast. It doesn’t take much to make Christmas breakfast special. If you are in a rush, simply having special Christmas plates will make the morning feel like a party. If you have time, create Christmas-themed dishes such as Santa pancakes.

We hope your family has a magical Christmas! As you make memories with your family this holiday season, be sure to check out our Pint Size Board Book Library for ideas on how to craft a custom board book that captures all the Christmas magic.

What fun things do you do to make Christmas even more magical for your family?

December 4, 201810 Special Christmas Board Book Ideas for Busy Parents

A customized board book is a perfect present. Unfortunately, too many parents hesitate to give their kids these memorable gifts because they are already caught up in the holiday hustle and bustle. Not anymore!

We’ve gathered up some of our favorite festive board ideas to show you just how easy it is to personalize a board book that showcases all the special moments of this Christmas season. All you have to do is choose one of the ideas below, upload your favorite family photos, and add a few words of text. It’s a Christmas miracle!

My Special Christmas

First, we are happy to share our personalized My Special Christmas board book. This is a treat for busy families! This board book is designed with Christmas illustrations and text reminding the reader of all the special things we do during Christmas, such as “Christmas is a time for joy.” All you must do is choose 8 of your favorite photos, upload them to the project, and customize as desired.

If you want to customize a book from scratch, here are some of our favorite Christmas board book ideas:

Tree Shopping and Decorating

For many families, picking out the Christmas tree and decorating it is the main event of the holiday season. Whether this is your baby’s first time to the Christmas tree farm or your tween’s favorite Christmas tradition, a board book celebrating this family activity is a wonderful idea.

Christmas Carols Come to Life

Does your family bring the carol “Jingle Bells” to life by riding in a “one-horse open sleigh”? Do you go “walking in a winter wonderland” or “build a snowman”? If so, turn the lyrics of beloved Christmas carols into a photo memory book that captures all your family’s song-worthy holiday adventures.

Believe

The time when children still believe in Santa is special. Take time to capture their innocence and belief in all things Santa in a board book. Include pictures of their visits to Santa, the letters they write to him, and snapshots of the cookies they bake to leave him on Christmas Eve.

Joy and Wonder

If your family embraces the Christmas story, create a board book that celebrates the religious tradition and the ways your family celebrates the birth of Jesus. In addition to including Bible verses, use pictures that show your children learning about the reason for the season.

Christmas Cooking and Holiday Baking

Christmas is not Christmas without Christmas cookies! If this sounds like your family, then design a board book that showcases your culinary masterpieces – and makes those who view the book hungry for more! You may even want to consider including your family’s Christmas cookie recipe.

Let It Snow

We never grow too old to play in the snow. Take all the photos you have of your loved ones enjoying their snow days and make a snowy board book. Highlight special memories, such as the family snowball fight and the snowman building competition.

Christmas Display Fun

Whether you enjoy going to look at elaborate Christmas window displays or your family puts on your own outdoor Christmas display for the neighbors to see, you have an opportunity to capture your favorite moments in a board book. Photograph your kids gazing with wonder at extravagant displays or your kids helping set up your outdoor Christmas light spectacular.

My First Christmas

A baby’s first Christmas is sure to be filled with memorable moments. Design a board book that captures all the special firsts during the most wonderful time of the year. Baby’s first visit with Santa, baby’s first stocking, baby’s first ornament, baby’s first taste of a Christmas cookie – you get the picture.

Holiday Cheer

Christmas time is full of laughter and cheer. Why not simply create a board book that celebrates all of the joy of the holiday season? Include smiling pictures of those you love and memorable Christmas moments. The bigger the smiles, the better!

With all these ideas, the hardest decision will be choosing which one! We hope this Christmas is a special one and that our board books help you preserve the memories long after the holiday season is over. If you are ready to begin, check out our new My Special Christmas Board Book, hop over to our Pint Sized Board Book Library or create a custom board book of your own!

A reminder from Santa’s elves: If you want your board book delivered by Christmas Eve, review our Christmas order deadlines.

November 19, 201811 Gratitude Exercises That Kids Can Practice on Thanksgiving and Beyond

Giving thanks will never go out of style, but it is something that parents must be intentional about teaching their kids. Grateful kids are not entitled or selfish; instead, grateful kids are loving and kind. At the end of the day, these are the attributes parents most want their kids to possess.

So, naturally, when Thanksgiving rolls around, parents jump on the opportunity to teach their children to express thankfulness. But, here’s the good news – practicing gratitude doesn’t have to be saved for Thanksgiving! It can be a part of your child’s weekly, or even daily, routine.

Here are 11 activities that will help your child remember what they are thankful for on Thanksgiving and beyond.

Make Gratitude Part of Your Family’s Daily Routine

Kids learn from what they see, so parents must make an effort to express thankfulness in front of their children on a regular basis. A simple way to do so is to make gratitude a part of your family’s daily routine. For example, many families take time to name something they are thankful for as they eat dinner together. Other families make expressing gratitude a part of their bedtime routine. The more often kids hear adults express gratitude, the more likely they will practice gratitude themselves.

Create a Thankful Tree

A lovely visual way to express gratitude is to create a thankful tree. A thankful tree is simply a collection of branches placed together in a vase. Then, paper leaves are cut with strings attached. As kids think of things they are thankful for, they write them down on the paper leaves and string them on the tree. Watch as the tree blooms with gratitude as the seasons change.

Write in a Gratitude Journal

Either independently or as a family, have children write in a gratitude journal. All parents must do is direct them to list the things they are grateful for that happened that day or week. Not only will it get kids into the habit of expressing gratitude, but it will also be a great way to reflect on the many blessings of life as the journal fills.

Have a Family Gratitude Jar

Likewise, place a jar in a central location in your home with scraps of paper and writing pencils beside it. Tell family members to jot down things they are grateful for throughout the year. At the end of the year, read through your gratitude collection together as a family.

Read Books About Gratitude

Books are helpful for teaching little one’s lessons, such as the importance of expressing gratitude. For example, the children’s book Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson does a wonderful job of illustrating this concept for children.

Give to Others

Often, children do not even realize all they have to be thankful for. Like adults, they take for granted the food they have in their bellies, the roof they have over their heads, and the clothes they have on their bodies. Look for opportunities to give and serve those in need in your community as a family. Donating items or your time is a wonderful way to teach children compassion and gratitude.

Send Thank You Notes

As a society, we have gotten away from the practice of writing thank you notes, but it truly is an excellent way to teach your children to practice gratitude. Encourage your children not only to write thank you notes for gifts they receive but also to write thank you notes to those who have done something nice or made them feel special.

Find Ways to Express Thanks to Community Workers

Along those lines, make it a tradition for your family to find ways to express thanks to community workers. Each month choose a different group to thank. For example, in December, take cookies to your local fire station. In January, take homemade fudge to first responders. In February, leave a thank you gift for your mailman. Encourage your kids to think of people who should be thanked and ways your family can do so.

Use Gratitude Prompts in Conversations

If you have trouble getting your kids to say something they are thankful for, try new ways to engage them in these types of conversations. For instance, try using the rose and thorn conversation starter. Ask kids to think about the thorns in their days (the worst part of their days) as well as the roses (the best parts of their days). From this conversation, point out they should be thankful for the roses.

Encourage Kids to Affirm and Thank Others Regularly

By affirming and thanking your kids regularly, they are more likely to extend gratitude to others when they are outside of your presence. Encourage your kids to thank classmates when they do something kind and to look for opportunities to praise their classmates for good deeds.

Design a Book of Gratitude

With Pint Sized Productions, you can create a custom board book of your own that expresses thankfulness. For instance, design a board book where each page gives thanks for a different family member. As kids read the book repeatedly, they will remember who they are thankful for and how to express gratitude.

We hope these ideas inspire and help you teach your family the importance of giving thanks; even when it’s not the Holiday season. Our new My Thankful Board Book is perfect for these gratitude lessons with your little ones.  And be sure to hop over to our Pint Sized Board Book Library or create a custom board book of your own!

November 15, 20189 Thanksgiving Board Book Ideas That All Parents Will Be Thankful For

Whether your Thanksgiving consists of eating an extravagant feast or watching football while eating dinner off tv trays, we bet you love your family’s Thanksgiving traditions. For most Americans, Thanksgiving is a day when we come together, rest, and express our thankfulness. It is also a time when we eat!

As Thanksgiving only happens once a year, it is important to make the most of it. As you spend time with family and friends, you are sure to take numerous photos of your kids playing with their cousins, sitting on grandma’s lap, and eating a giant turkey leg. As you gather up all your photos, you can turn them into a unique board book filled with memories that can be cherished for all the Thanksgivings to come.

Need some inspiration? Here are 9 Thanksgiving board book ideas to help you get started.

A Book of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is all about gratitude. It is the perfect holiday for teaching children how to express thankfulness. Why not design a board book with this idea in mind? Choose photos that represent people and things you are thankful for and fill the board book with words of gratitude.

My First Thanksgiving

Those of you with infants will surely be documenting every Thanksgiving milestone, so turn these pictures into a precious memory book of Baby’s First Thanksgiving. Choose pictures of your little ones in their Thanksgiving duds, being held by loved ones, and “eating” their first Thanksgiving meal.

All About Thanksgiving Dinner

Does your family have an extravagant Thanksgiving feast? Does the host put great care into selecting place settings and centerpieces? Are the meals not only tasty but beautiful to see? Do manners matter? If so, then create a board book that celebrates the dinner itself. Take pictures of the place settings and turn it into an etiquette guide for little ones.

T is for Turkey

Use your family’s Thanksgiving pictures to teach your baby the ABC’s! Bring out your inner wordsmith and create a board book that using Thanksgiving-themed lingo and photos from your family’s celebration. Here’s a few to get you started: A is for Apple Pie. B is for Balloons in the parade. C is for casserole.

Grateful for Family and Friends

Another board book idea that helps kids learn thankfulness is one that shows gratitude for loved ones. A simple board book idea is to have a picture of each family member or friend at Thanksgiving with the line “I am thankful for Grandma” and so on. This will help babies learn their family member’s names, recognize their faces, and express gratitude.

Mom’s Secret Recipes

Board books are not just for kids. Your family will love being gifted with a board book that combines photographs and Mom’s secret recipes. It will be something precious that they hold on to remember Thanksgiving with their mom and a book that can be passed down from one generation to the next.

Food, Family, and Football

For many families, Thanksgiving is a day of leisure. For example, some families watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and football all day long. If this sounds like your family, then design a board book that celebrates your family’s personal Thanksgiving Day traditions. Include pictures of your family enjoying these leisure activities and add in some facts from the year such as the football scores.

Tree Shopping

While it is not technically Thanksgiving-themed, we know a lot of families use Thanksgiving as a springboard for starting their Christmas celebrations. For instance, if your family traditionally goes Christmas Tree shopping over the Thanksgiving holidays, document your tree shopping adventures!

Autumn Recipes

For many families, Thanksgiving is all about the food. You can easily create a board book for your family’s favorite autumn recipes. In addition to including the recipes for your family’s Thanksgiving dishes, you can also include photos of your kids helping cook or simply enjoying the food around the table.

We hope these ideas inspire you and help you design a book that you will be thankful for this Thanksgiving and every Thanksgiving after. If you are ready to begin, check out our new My Thankful Board Book, hop over to our Pint Sized Board Book Library or create a custom board book of your own!