My son owns a couple of “my first word” type board books, but it occurred to me that he just wouldn’t recognise the images of the items, because they looked relatively unfamiliar to him. So I decided to make my own personalised board book for him.
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I started with a 6×6″ blank board book, available from Amazon. I made a list of all the things my son liked, then created a page for each item. I used stickers, patterned paper, felt, clipart print-outs and photos of his actual toys. He was 16 months old when I made this and he was really into flaps on books, so I incorporated some of those too. I then covered every page in Mod Podge, to stop any of the elements being prised off the page.
Felt banana and banana stickers / Photo of one of his book covers on a flap, another of his books underneath:
Photo of his plastic stacking cups / Grass patterned paper, swing made from cardstock and ribbon (the seat moves freely):
Photos of his milk bottles / Photos of three of his balls (two on flaps):
Clip art bubbles / Photo of his blankie and dummy (pacifier), with cardstock and contact paper “bed rails” flap over the top:
F really loved it and instantly recognised the items in the photos that I had used. I also included some photos of him with me and with my husband, and those became his favourite pages.
This was a great project and could be easily adapted for any child. Using photos of their actual toys is a great way for them to learn the words. And it makes a great keepsake! I’d love to do one of these each year, updating his favourite items and making the pages more interactive!
Update: Check out the next personalised board book that I made for him – with pop ups!