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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!

October 26, 2018Turning Lunches into Healthy Halloween Treats

Halloween is here, and there is no reason to fear! No matter if your little ones find Halloween scary or if they think it is the best day ever, there are many fun, easy things you can do to help them celebrate – beginning with what they eat! As parents, one of our hardest jobs is getting our kids to eat things that are healthy. However, to kids, what is scarier than broccoli?

As you shall see, it is easy to trick your little ghouls into eating healthy with these treats that are guaranteed to be spooky but not scary. Your kids and their classmates will be super impressed with all the concoctions you brew up. Even better – these healthy Halloween treats are super easy and Instagram-worthy.

Put Your Cookie Cutters to Work

If you are not a Pinterest parent, there is no need to worry! Anyone – absolutely anyone – can turn a boring sandwich into a festive lunch with the help of a cookie cutter. For example, use a set of Halloween cookie cutters to turn ordinary PB&Js into magical pumpkins or spooky ghosts. It isn’t much, but we guarantee your kid will think it is special and believe it tastes better.

Monster Mouths for Your Little Monsters

Once you use your witchcraft to turn a regular apple into a monster mouth, apples will never be the same. By cutting out a section of the apple and coating it with peanut butter, you can use your imagination to decide which healthy ingredient you will use to create two rows of monster teeth.

Food is More Fun When It Looks Like a Jack O’ Lantern

Another easy trick for beginners is to make good use of your knife. Instead of buying the Lunchables your kids are begging for each time they go to the grocery store, make your own! But, trick out your slices of pepperoni by cutting faces to make them look like jack o’ lanterns. Then, cut your cheese slices into the shapes of witches’ hats or ghosts. Again, it doesn’t take an artist, but your kid will be thrilled!

Cheesy Witch Treats

String cheese is always a hit with kids, but your kids will cackle when they are treated to string cheese witch brooms. Plus, it is way easier than it looks! Using only three ingredients (string cheese, mini pretzel sticks, and chives), you will end up with a professionally looking treat. Simply cut the string cheese in half, then peel (or cut) the bottom of the string cheese so that it resembles a broom, then stick it into the top of the string cheese and wrap with the chive. Presto! Change-o! Magic!

Make Fruit Come Alive

We want our kids to eat their fruits and veggies, but sometimes we have to do some magic to make it happen. Now you have the perfect excuse! Clementines and oranges become much more exciting when they have been magically transformed into pumpkins! All you need is a sharpie and a few minutes to draw on a jack o’ lantern face. Or, give your kids a haunting “boonana” that will have them giggling and eating healthy. Simply peel a banana, cut it in half, then use two mini chocolate chips for eyes, and one regular chocolate chip for the ghost’s mouth.

Even Veggies Can Be Spooky Treats

Looking for a sneaky way to get your kid to try celery? All you need to do is make some spiders on a log. This is simply a variation on the popular “ants on a long,” but you use plastic spiders instead. After you fill the celery with peanut butter, top it with creepy crawlies. Just make sure they know the spiders are just for screams and not for eating. This is a trick your kids will love!

A Sandwich That Will Make Them Scream

Want to up your Halloween lunch game? Show off your Spidey skills by making a spider sandwich this Halloween. Using a circle shaped cookie cutter, cut out your sandwich into a circular spider body. Then, insert mini pretzel sticks on each side for legs. Just remember, spiders have eight legs, so you will need four on each side. (You don’t want your kid to call you out!) Finally, top with two raisins for eyes.

We hope these haunting Halloween eats are the start to a night full of wonderful treats!

October 17, 201810 Halloween Board Book Ideas You’ll Love

Boo! It’s baby’s first Halloween and you want to capture every magical moment on film — or at least on the digital version in your smartphone. Snapping sweet pics is only half the challenge. Now that you have a basic documentary view of your little one’s Halloween holiday, you don’t want to leave the photos in your camera or phone. Check out these board book template ideas for your Halloween-themed memories.

Costume Craze

It’s not unusual to find a few different costumes that are just too cute. There’s no rule saying that baby can’t have a few ensemble changes over the course of Halloween — especially if you’re attending multiple family parties. Take pics of your kiddo in each costume. Add all of the costume selections to one book, chronicling all the cuteness.

Family Time

Create sweet family portraits, Halloween style. Okay, so these are more spooky than outright sweet. But they’re just as memorable. Pick family costumes that involve everyone in the photobook-making process.

Perfect Pumpkin

Your baby plus a pumpkin equals total adorableness. Prop a pumpkin next to your seated baby, snap pics of your kiddo in a pumpkin costume or take photos of your baby at a local pumpkin farm. Put together the photos into one book that has many different pumpkin faces!

Monster Mash

Fill your photo board book with oh-so-cute pics of your kids dressed like mega monsters. Instead of going for the scare, go for the sweet. A happy Frankenstein, giggling vampire or friendly ghost? These are all easy options that you can put together in a creative way. Add captions that include the monster’s name and a fun fact about the imaginary creature!

Candy Creation

Candy and babies don’t mix. But that doesn’t mean you can’t photograph your kiddo with the bountiful Halloween booty. Spell out “Happy Halloween” with candy, placing your child behind the sweet stuff.

Trick-or-Treat

Are you bringing your baby trick-or-treating? Snap photos at each house, documenting this major first. Add the pictures to a photo board book, placing them in chronological order. You can caption each page with the candy you scored at the house or simply add a house number order, including the first, second, third and so on homes.

Halloween Colors

Dress baby in the colors of the season — black and orange. Take plenty of pics, organizing them into one holiday-themed book. You can also add other colorful outfits, dressing baby in a yellow, orange and white candy corn-like outfit.

Mini Me

What better way for baby to spend their first Halloween than dressed like mom or dad? Choose a mini me costume, dressing baby up just like you. After photographing the first costume, change baby into an outfit that looks like their other parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or sibling. Put the photos together into one family photo album book.

Favorite Tale

Choose a favorite kid-friendly Halloween story. Next, put your kiddo into the middle of it. Dress your baby up in costumes, make props and paint a backdrop. After photographing the scenes, turn the photos into a board book that you can ready to your child for years to come.

Alphabet Order

Pick Halloween-themed objects, activities, events or anything else. Order everything from A to Z and snap a pic of baby next to each one. This might mean “A” is for apple, “B” is for bat, “C” is for candy corn and so on. Keep the Halloween board book on-hand. In a few years when your now-baby is a then-preschooler, you can use it as a way for them to learn the letters.

We hope these ideas were helpful in making the most SPOOKtacular, unBOOlievable Halloween board book of your family! Ready to get started? Take a peek at our Pint Sized Library of Board Book templates or create a custom board book of your own!

October 3, 20188 Ways To Photograph Kids For The Best Pictures

They wriggle, they squiggle, and they squirm. Kiddos are notoriously tough to photograph. And that’s okay. There’s no rule saying that every photo of your child needs to be “picture perfect.” Whether you have a toddler tornado who is constantly in motion, a precocious preschooler who would rather make a super-silly face than sweetly smile or a tearful tot who can’t stop crying every time the camera comes out, you can still take a great picture of your child.

Before you start snapping away, check out these easy-to-follow ideas for upping your photo game and taking the best possible pics of your kid. And bonus, when you finally find photography fabulousness, you can add the products of your effort to a fun family photo book.

Create candids

Sometimes posed pics are an impossibility. Instead of wrangling the kids into set seating, snap pictures where they are. There’s something to be said for catching those priceless memories. Even though the dog spraying muddy water all over the kids, your 2-year-old covered from head to toe in finger paint and your preschooler sitting on top of a mountain of would-be clean laundry may not seem Instagrammable, these are all candids that capture your life — and your loves!

Bring out the toys

When your baby or tot just won’t pay attention to the camera, hold up a favorite plaything. Shake, move or dance the toy around near your camera or have another adult do the honors. The toy will grab your kiddo’s attention, making it look like their staring directly into the camera.

Squat down

Get down on your child’s level. This tactic will grab your kiddo’s attention and put their pics in perspective. Whether you squat, sit, kneel or crawl along with them, lowering your body position can bring a comfort level to the photo session that makes the picture-taking easier on everyone.

Change locations

Your toddler is throwing a tantrum. A change of scenery can change your kiddo’s mood — almost immediately. Switch rooms, move from inside to outside or head to the local park for a few playful pics.

Catch your child unaware

Pointing out the camera and asking your child to smile may get you the opposite reaction from what you’re going for. Instead of saying, “Look at mommy and smile,” just wait for your tot to giggle on their own. Catch them mid-laugh or sneak a snap during a silent smile. Not only will this cut down on the photo frustration but you’ll get a more natural looking picture.

Join in

Photography is a fun-filled family activity. If the kids aren’t cooperating, jump in and join them in the pictures. Snap group selfies or ask another family member, spouse or friend to take a few parent-child photos. Having you in the picture may make your child feel more relaxed, creating a playful environment that leads to absolutely adorable family pics.

Play a game

Turn the photo session into a playful game. Sitting quietly while mom or dad takes pics just isn’t fun for most children. Play follow the leader, Simon Says or another game as you snap away. If your kiddo won’t sit still, challenge them to play the role of a statue. Every time you say the word “statue,” they have to freeze until you tell them to move again.

Include an activity

Asking your child to sit in a chair and smile isn’t exactly an action-packed or exciting activity. Give your kiddo something to do while you snap away. Bring out the finger paints, start a puzzle, roll a ball, give them blocks to build with or hand over a book for your kiddo to page through. The activity angle will help to create a sweet pic that tells the story of their everyday.

We hope these tips were helpful for taking the best photos of your child! After the photo shoot is over collect all of the best pictures to preserve and cherish forever in one of our board book templates or create a custom board book from scratch!

September 24, 2018Our Favorite Fall Board Book Ideas

Fall is family fun time! Between the brilliant leaves that are changing from emerald green to red, orange and yellow, apple picking and pumpkin spice everything, autumn is pure awesomeness. Capture all the fall family-time with plenty of sweet pics. But don’t leave your fall photos in the camera, on your phone or floating through a virtual cloud somewhere. Turn them into seasonal board books with these easy ideas!

Pumpkin Patch & Carving

Picking pumpkins is a fall staple. Along with following your kiddo around the patch like their very own paparazzi, you can set up a few simply sweet shots during your day-trip. If the patch has mini pumpkins, line them up to spell your child’s name or the number for their age. Have them sit next to the name/number and snap a pic to use as the cover or front page of the book. Include pages that document each stage of the pumpkin pick — from your arrival to selecting the perfect pumpkin. End the board book with a photo of your family carving the pumpkin that you took home.

Apple Picking

You can add to your apple picking board book by snapping pics of your tot picking their fave fruits. Or you can have them hold each type of apple that they pick. Make sure to note the name of the apple, such as Granny Smith or Gala, that is pictured in each frame. Create one page of the board book for each apple, adding the name as a caption. Read the book with your child, reliving the apple picking fun and learning about different types of fruit.

First Halloween

Baby’s first Halloween is a magical time. Capture baby’s first foray into the costume experience with a series of several pictures. Photograph your little one inside, outside, sitting in a pile of autumn-hued leaves or hanging with their big brothers and sisters. You can also add in photos of your baby in non-costumer Halloween outfits. These might include some cute pumpkin-themed onesies or an orange and black sweater romper. Don’t forget to include photos of your baby during their first trick-or-treat experience — whether it’s at home “helping” to hand out candy or on the go helping you to knock on the neighbor’s doors.

Autumn Recipes

Cooking with kids is an easy way to inspire healthy eating, explore science and spend time together. Create your own fall-themed recipe board book, featuring your favorite autumn eats. Take pics of the meals and snacks as your family cooks or wait and snap photos of the finished products. Add the actual recipe to each picture page of the board book.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Document the family dinner with photos from start to finish. Take pics of the kids as you prep the house, setting the table, cutting veggies for stuffing and creating crafty DIY decorations. Keep the photo fun going with pictures of the family chef in the kitchen, the decorated table and the meal itself. Have the kids help you to arrange the photos in order, creating a chronological board book that tells the story of the day.

Thankful Book

What are your children thankful for? Ask your kiddo what they have to give thanks for on this holiday. Have your child help you to create a scene to photograph that features their thankful theme.

Fall Baking Favorites

Leaf-shaped rice cereal treats, pumpkin spiced muffins, apple pies. Yum! These fall favorites make perfect photos for a fall-themed board book. Give your child age-appropriate baking duties, such as measuring and mixing, and snap pics as they help. Create one book that features all of the fall foods. Add captions with the recipe itself or comments that your child makes while baking.

Pumpkin Pie

Grandma’s pumpkin pie is a family favorite. It’s also something that you want to hand down from generation to generation. Have your kiddo get in on the action, helping grandma this year. Photograph the entire process, using each picture as one page/one step in your board book.

We hope these ideas inspired you to start creating your own fall board book! From pumpkin picking to playing in the leaves, creating a board book allows you and your family to cherish moments that matter for years to come. Check out our Personalized Board Book templates or our Custom Board Book options to start making memories.

September 7, 20185 Ways To Create Personalized Story Books For Kids

You have a library of books for your kiddo to browse. But what about a totally personalized pick that the two of you create together? Your literary little learner can build their own book, starting with the story selection. Brainstorm ideas and make a list of your child’s favorite tales or base the narrative on a character that your kiddo already knows and loves. Don’t stress if you’re not Pinterest-ingly crafty. This kids’ storybook activity is easy for child-parent duos of all ages and artsy abilities. Check out these easy-to-follow steps and help your child create their very own “My Story Book”!

Illustrate the Pages

After choosing a story, it’s time to start the writing process. Younger children may not have the literacy skills to write long sentences or paragraphs. That’s okay. Your child can tell their tale through their art. Draw a picture for each page of the book. Use something simple, such as crayons or markers, or try oil pastels. Your creative kid can even paint the pictures with watercolors, tempera paint or even finger paints are all easy options. If you want to take the creativity up a notch, you can even help them to sculpt the main characters.

Add Words

There’s no reason to wait until your child is in kindergarten to start building early literacy skills. Toddlers and preschoolers need exposure to words, speech and all kinds of communication. If your child can’t write the words that accompany their story, do it for them. Don’t worry, this isn’t helicopter parenting at its finest. You can lightly write the letters in pencil, giving your child something to trace with a crayon or marker. Another option is to use stampers, stencils or foam letters to help your child spell simple words. Add these directly to the pictures, make separate word pages or write on another piece of paper, cut the words or sentences out and then glue them onto the drawing.

Select a Story

Your child has endless options when it comes to a story theme pick. Set their imagination free and encourage your kiddo to come up with a fanciful storyline and creative characters. If your child is more of a realistic thinker, that’s okay too. They can craft a tale that tells the story of your family’s day or something else that’s equally as familiar

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Photograph the Pages

Each drawing that your child makes can magically transform into one page of their very own book. How should you photograph your child’s artwork to turn it into photos or book pages? Place the pictures on a flat surface, such as the kitchen table or the living room floor. Avoid direct sunlight or artificial light. Even though it may seem like you need a spotlight on the drawings or paintings to make them shine, the direct light can cause a glare or odd-looking halo effect.

Create a Book

While you could bind the drawings together to make a book, this type of DIY design can easily tear or break. This gives you added design option, such as adding words to the pages or rearranging images. Not only does a personalized board book give you a sturdy option for showcasing your child’s art, but it also provides you with an easy way to make duplicates. You can keep one at home, send one to grandma or gift any other relative with the beautiful book-making project.

We hope these ideas inspired you to create your own children’s story book! Ready to get started? Check out our Personalized Board Book templates or make a totally Custom Board Book from scratch.

 

August 29, 20187 Tips For A Seamless Start To Your Child’s Preschool Years

The transition from playing at home all day long to the preschool classroom is a challenge for many young children. And that’s okay. Even though it’s completely normal to stress over the start of the school year, there’s no reason to let your anxiety take over. With some careful planning and creative problem solving, you can send your child off to preschool without fear or tears. Before the backpacks and lunches boxes make their grand debut, take a look at how you can make the start of the preschool year easier on everyone!

Create a ritual

Start a routine on day one. Scratch that. Start a routine before the first day of preschool. Whether you choose a special handshake that just the two of you share, have a secret song you sing on the way to school or pick another pre-preschool day idea, having a ritual can make the mornings predictable and give your kiddo something to look forward to. Beyond that, it creates a bond that your child can carry with them all day long—and well into their preschool year.

Go for a visit

What should your child expect on their first day of preschool? Even though a verbal description can help, talking about school may not fully calm your child’s fears. Seeing the school, meeting the teacher and learning about the daily activities can help to ease your child into their new school setting. If the preschool doesn’t have a formal orientation, set up your own meet and greet with their soon-to-be teacher.

Take plenty of pics

Keep the memory of your child’s pre-k visit alive with photos that your child helps you to take. Hand over your phone and let them play the paparazzi’s role. Your tot can photograph everything that they find interesting. Expect pics of toys, art supply closets and all kinds of kid-friendly items that the teacher has placed around the classroom.

Make a photo book

Keeping those preschool pics locked in your phone won’t do your child any good. Instead of hiding them away in some sort of cloud, print them into a real photo book. Read the book each night, leading up to the first day of school. When preschool finally starts, use the photos as a conversation starter. Look back at the book and talk about your child’s day. Create a new book each year, designing your own multi-volume set that features your kiddo’s preschool career.

Role play the day

Your child has no idea what to expect from their soon-to-be school day. Help them to better understand what happens in the preschool classroom with a pretend play activity. Gather dolls, action figures and stuffed animals, setting them up around the playroom. These imaginary friends will become other pre-k students! Take turns switching roles, with one of you playing the teacher and the other playing the role of preschool student.

Paint a picture

Let your crafty kid’s artistic imagination go wild with a preschool day drawing or painting. Even though your young preschooler may not have the words to express how they’re feeling inside, they can interpret their emotions through art. Your little artist can paint a portrait of themselves at school, create a scene that embodies what they imagine happens during the preschool day or make a piece of abstract art that uses brushstrokes and colors to reflect their feelings.

Send love from home

Give your child a little piece of home to keep them company during the preschool day. This might mean sending in a stuffed animal, beloved blanket or any other lovey!