Tuesday, February 24, 2009

"My Busy Hands" Homemade Baby Book


Knowing how much M likes to put things in and out of containers I thought she might enjoy an interactive book where she gets to put things where they belong.

My mother bought some blank board books a while back and shared them with me, and I've been waiting until I had some spare time to work on decorating them. You can order some yourself here.

The first set of pages had an apple tree on one side and a bushel basket on the other so that M can go "apple-picking."The second scene asked M to pick up her toys and put them in her toy chest (you'll see my ulterior motives when it comes to some of these :-)Next I have a picture of my father fishing on some water (in a boat named after my mother). M gets to "go fishing" and put the fish on the dinner plate.After dinner, of course, one needs to clear the table; so I have M take the dirty dishes off the table and put them in the sink. (Wouldn't it be great if I convinced M that clearing the table was "fun?" :-)Finally, M gets to deliver five baby birds back to their nest and wish them good-night.


I drew the background scenes myself (trying to keep them as simple as possible for the sake of my unprofessional artistic abilities). The movable objects I made by printing off pictures that I found on the internet, laminating them with packing tape and placing a piece of removable, double sided tape on their backs. (In order to ensure that the tape stuck to the object and not to the background I also placed a tiny piece of regular tape on top of part of the removable tape to fasten it down)

I was a little nervous when I presented the book to M because as you can probably tell, it was a bit of work, and I was afraid the pieces might be difficult for her to move or that she just wouldn't be that interested. But horray! She loved it! She was able to move all of the pieces and loved doing it over and over!

I do have to make sure she is supervised with the book though because she was, of course, interested in putting the "stickers" every where else beside the book as well!

12 comments:

Sarah said...

Wow! Amazing work! You're very impressive. Hmmm...maybe I'll have to "commission" you to make some books for Peanut!

MaryAnne said...

Your book is so cute, and I love the way you made "stickers"!

Heather said...

Wow! I'm so impressed. You put so much work into this, and M really loves it! I like how you incorporated the values and skills you want to teach her--like putting away dishes, and helping baby birds. This would be a great activity for long car rides, too.

I've never seen blank board books before. Thanks for the link!

Jill said...

You are Creative! I always luv reading your blog to see what great ideas you've come up with :)

teachingtinytots said...

what a great and wonderful book!!!! love it!!!

Abby said...

Amazing! Pretty sure you could sale these on Etsy - I would buy one!

Mimi Tobias said...

Great blog! Where did you get blank board books?

megonzales said...
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megonzales said...

How did you make the stickers? I would buy a book like this as well! Simple chores to teach them in a simple way...keeping them busy at other times... love this. Could you make a lapbook or some printables or do you have any suggestions to help the less artistic?

Mimi Tobias said...

Great blog! Where did you get blank board books?

MaryAnne said...

Your book is so cute, and I love the way you made "stickers"!

safdar ali said...

This is so nice. Brilliant thinking.
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