We have had a wonderful week creating Christmas gifts. The littles have been putting a great deal of thought and time into creating gifts for different family members. I threw in a few suggestions of my own, and we’ve had a crazy fun time!
Our first idea was a set of family memory cards. The idea was inspired by the fact that my mom has dementia and sometimes gets family members mixed up.
Now before you think giving a memory game to a dementia patient is a little twisted, hear me out. Not only do I think we should engage our minds at every stage of life, my mom has always enjoyed a good card game. Regardless if she plays the game as it’s intended, or just thumbs through looking at the pictures, it’s a new and creative way to put the memories and faces of family in front of her.
The boys really enjoyed being involved in making the cards, and were eager to make a second set for Little Bear. Memory games are great fun, so why not step it up with family photos.
Our first step was to order photos. I used my local Costco by ordering photo’s online and picking them up the same day at the store. Knowing sizing could be an issue, I went with pictures where the subject covered only about half of a standard 4×6 photo. Be sure to order two copies.
Using card stock, we cut cards about 3-1/4X4-1/2 inches. Columbo worked the corner punch and gave the cards a detailed shape.
Magoo worked the stamp pad and gave each card a design on the back.
We cut the pictures about 2-3/4×3-3/4 inches, which allowed for room to write names on Grandma’s cards. We didn’t add names to Little Bear’s preschool set.
I lightly used a glue stick to hold the pictures on the cards so they wouldn’t slip going through my lamination machine. If you don’t have a laminator, boxing tape would also work.
Given Little Bear kept asking to “try out” grandma’s cards, I think she’ll be thrilled to discover her brothers made her a set of her own.
Our second project was photo bookmarks. I saw a picture on Pinterest, but it only lead to an image, so I don’t know where to credit the original idea.
The first step was to take creative pictures. I had the littles pretend they were hanging off a cliff from a rope. They were thrilled to play along and I was in hysterics!! Once I ordered and picked up my photo prints, I closely cut out the outline of their image (I was closely supervised to make sure I didn’t cut off any heads or feet). I ran the kids, I mean their pictures, through the laminator (joking possibilities were abundant here). With the finished cut out piece, I punched a hole where they were “hanging on” and added a bookmark tassel. If you don’t know how to make a tassel, there is a video tutorial here that is similar to how I made mine.
I have found our homemade projects to be a fun way to focus some of the kids’ energy, while encouraging the excitement of gift giving. They are excited to be working on even more projects, and I hope we get them finished in time to share.