Alright, the “DIY” in the title is a bit of a misnomer. This is more of a simple idea than a do-it-yourself situation.
Like most babies her age, Philomena absolutely loves faces. Whenever one shows up in her
chew toys board books she smiles, touches it, and often yelps a little in glee. Also, I’ve heard that developmentally this is a good time to start pointing out “eyes,” “noses,” etc.
So, at first I had the idea to cut out a bunch of faces from magazines and somehow put them together in a book for her. However, then I thought that it would make much more sense to have a collection of faces that feature people close to her.
I recruited my husband to take good facial shots of everyone in our family (her grandparents, great-grandma, aunts, uncles, cousins). Then, I used my BFF, pixlr express, to overlay everyone’s names on the pictures.
I found a cheapo photo album from Target (silver glitter, no less!)…and voila! Philomena’s “Face Book.” [Please excuse this terrible, horrendous pun of a title.]
Mena seriously loves it. She touches the faces and ”talks” to them. It’s superbly cute. I also thought this book would be cool to use during family prayer time when she gets older to point out everyone for whom we’re praying.
Some sample pages:
Philomena enjoying it:
But then she noticed the camera:
[Can you tell I’m into collages lately?]