My son is just 3 and as people started wishing us a happy New Year after Christmas he started asking me questions about it. He has a good sense of time but the whole concept of a new year was still a little beyond him. I wracked my brain for a good New Years activity and decided using a 3 year olds narcissistic tendencies to teach about passing time could be the trick we needed. I was right! We made this Sunday and all day yesterday he would grab it and tell me ” It’s 2010 now and I am big, I was tiny when it was 2006″ it’s a start! Older children could add memories about past years on the pages as well.
- Gather your materials. You will need some card stock, pictures of your child from the year of their birth until the present year, some double stick tape, a marker , small write on labels, hole punch and ribbon.
- Start by writing the numbers for each year on the labels. For older children able to write the numbers skip this and have them write it on the card stock. One of the reasons I wrote out all the numbers was so that my son could see the progression.
- Add the stickers to a page of card stock.
- While your child adds the stickers or writes the numbers add double stick tape to the back of the first picture.
- Add it to the card stock, I told him to press hard… so he did.
- Repeat! I was surprised my son was as eager to put on the last sticker as he was the first, I was expecting to do some, he did it all with very little help.
- Punch holes.
- Add ribbon ( make it loose to flip easily) and a title.