I am embarrassed to say that I started these projects with the intention of giving them to my little boy in church Easter Sunday last year. Oh well.
I love Easter and sometimes it seems to get pushed to the way side, so last year I thought it would be a nice idea to make him something new for church. Anyway, yesterday I finished his quiet games.
1. A picture book about the Savior. I went to the Distribution Center with full intentions on purchasing nice pictures from them, but at $.70-$1.50 each, it just wasn't going to happen. I cut all of these images out of the Ensign and I have much more variety than I ever would have had otherwise. It has about 30 pages, with the pictures glued on the back of scrapbooking paper, and then home-"laminated." At the end, I included a small piece of paper with game ideas with the photos.
2. An ABC Church book. I also cut all of these pictures out of the Ensign with one exception (the BYU football picture, haha!) The cover isn't the prettiest, but oh well (at least it's finished!)
3. Picture matching game. I made one of these for my nephew years ago on the back of unused Uno cards. While these cards are quite small, I'm glad that I didn't have to purchase anything for these either. All of these photos came out of... no, not the Ensign, but Better Homes and Gardens. (I must say, the matching game I made for my nephew was much more fun, because I cut all the pictures out of Parents or something. Sorry, son.) I have 18 pairs. I purposefully made some matches harder, and they're not all the same type of matching-- for instance, I have a cake and a cupcake that match up, and I have a purple color block that matches up with a shirt that's purple. I want my kids to use their imagination to match but most of them are pretty straightforward.
Home-"Laminating"--I first stuck them to heavy duty paper with modge podge, but after the year, they started to un-stick. I then "laminated" them with "Heavy Duty" Packing Tape. It worked really well. So well, that I am wondering why I ever paid to laminate anything that was small enough to fit on the packing tape.
So total for these three quiet games: $0.00. That's right! Make some yourself! I'd love to see what you do!