I have quite a few toddler apps on my phone to use in case of emergencies. And by emergencies, I mean instances where I need my two year-old to be quiet and entertained for more than ten seconds at a time -- a haircut, waiting in line at the post office, sitting on an airplane for an hour, etc. Without fail, after he grows bored with each app, I pull out the last stop, my magic trick: an iPhone camera roll filled with photos of him.
Please tell me I am not alone in this?
Sometimes I worry that I'm raising tiny narcissists, but my kids can look at pictures of themselves all day long. They will always choose to look at a photo album over a real book.
There's actually something....sweet about it. I love watching their faces light up as they point to the pictures and name every person they know. Familiarity brings about a sense of joy and belonging, and I think children resonate with this earlier than we realize.
My four year-old is learning to connect the actual names to the faces, while my two year-old is learning to connect the colors of the puzzle pieces. They love putting all the pieces together and then lining them up nice and neat to display!
Meanwhile, Callie had the chance to try out the Story Starter Memory Book with her two girls, Hadley and Harper. The Story Starter Memory Book features a favorite photo on each page with room around it for your child to draw their memory. Plus, they get two lines to practice their penmanship after the "remember when...." prompt.
I love that Hadley and Harper had space to write a few sentences for each picture on the pages. I also loved that they had this great big space to add color and design to their memories. However, what I loved the most was the conversations we had while picking out the pictures to go into the scrapbook. It was so much fun to hear their take on the pictures they chose and made me realize that even the most random of moments are filled with delight and wonder. This is a project that is low maintenance, fun, and it filled our family with gratitude for all the memories we've made over the years.
Pinhole Press has holiday gifts for everyone on your list, and once you upload photos, you can use them again and again on different products! You can even pull images straight from Instagram (which is perfect for our other favorite product: the memory game).
This week we've teamed up with Pinhole Press to give one lucky reader a $100 gift card. Enter below; we'll choose a winner next Monday. Good luck!