J made these to give to some of our family as a Christmas gift. This was a homemade gift he could feel completely responsible for and KNOW that he created it himself.
Materials: Foam, Magnetic plastic frame (from dollar store), Stickers, Buttons, Googly Eyes, Post-It Notes, Glue
Prep: I cut out the foam frames and gathered materials for J to choose from to create his gifts. **You can also buy prepackaged foam frame crafts and just add the fridge photo magnet on the back yourself.**
We had 4 frames to complete as gifts, so J chose the color for each recipient and the materials to decorate it with. This also meant that one set of materials weren’t used (he didn’t choose the googly eyes this time). I helped make sure he was spelling his name correctly on frames (all except one, which he declared was for Grandpa and would hold a picture of Grandma since he loved her so much… hence no need for J’s name on the frame!). The only other involvement I had in the process was some encouragement to practice creating a pattern with the buttons. He’s all about patterns right now though so not much need to push with that!
He also didn’t complete all the frames at one time. After he finished a couple and chose the materials for the others, I packed some up for him to complete on the plane. This was a great activity to do on a plane, little packing, light-weight and kept him focused.
I was so surprised to see how symmetrical he designed the frame with bubble stickers, maybe he’s finally getting out of that stage where he wants to stack stickers on top of each other!
After everything had dried, I glued a magnetic frame (bought at a dollar store) onto the back so the frames could be placed on a fridge and photos could be traded out easily. **Be sure you don’t glue the frame closed so that photos can be changed out later.**
Age attempted: 33 months