Initially I made them just to give D2 a way of looking at photographs. She absolutely loves sitting at the computer with me looking at pictures of people she recognises so I wanted to find a way that she could do this by herself. Our efforts have 21 faces but can be as large or small as you like.
They were so simple to make - the trickiest bit will be finding enough jar lids (You could always mount your pics on cardboard but I feel the Jam jar lids make them really easy for little fingers to handle and should give a little more longevity too).
- Photos of close friends and family
- A pen/pencil
- Glue (I found the only glue that would hold the pictures firmly in place was super glue)
- Jam jar lids or similar
- Something to cut round (I found a pastry cutter to be the perfect size)
- Half an hours peace and quiet to get the job done.
What to do:
- It really is as simple as cutting out the faces and glueing them in to the discs/lids.
- Leave plenty of time for the glue to dry.
Ways to play:
- Just allow your child to explore them alone.
- Look at them together and talk about each person.
- Play sorting games for example:
- Who lives in our house? (The BigD's family all live in NZ so we do that too)
- Hair colour
- Explore relationships - "Can you find Daddy's Mummy", etc...
If you dream up another way to play with them then I would love to hear it. Please leave me a comment below or email with suggestions and I will add them here.
If you liked this post then you may also like to take a look at the "Busy Day" personalised story book we made.
Not suitable for really young children that are likely to put things into their mouths as the glue, I am almost certain, will be full of toxins!