June Weddings and Photo Projects

Like many other people I was married in June. Why is June a popular month for weddings? One website says it’s because according to the Celtic calendar, couples started courting on Cross-Quarter Day of Beltane and were supposed to get married on the next Cross-Quarter Day, August 1.  Turns out they couldn’t wait and would get married in June. Other website theories are 1- because it honors Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage, 2 – because the soon-to-be pregnant wife could still help during harvest and a child would be born in the spring, 3 – due to the fact May was “bath month”.

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For whatever reason it was the tradition stuck and I have been seeing #ThrowbackThursday photos of friends’ weddings all month. This year was my tenth anniversary. I really wanted to post photos of my wedding to Facebook and Instagram but realized my pictures were all on film and I hadn’t had many of them scanned since then.

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I knew just what to do. I went to the Kodak Picture Kiosk in our office and used the Kodak Rapid Print Scanner to scan in prints that I took out of our wedding album.

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After I scanned in my photos I was able to save them to a CD using Kodak Picture Kiosk. Now I had them in a digital format so I could post them to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

While I had them on the Kiosk I could have also made extra prints, cards, calendars and more.

This is a great thing to be aware of if you like doing projects with photos. I have nearly fainted in the past when discovering someone has cut up an original 20 to 50 year old photo for scrapbooking, crafting or displaying. Especially if you do not have the negative DON’T CUT UP YOUR OLD PHOTOS! Visit a Kodak Picture Kiosk and make copies!

Here are some of my favorite photo projects for weddings, showers, honeymoons and anniversaries that you can use those special photos for!

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Carry people who mean a lot to you down the aisle in the form of photos attached to your bouquet or boutonnière. Mini-prints on the Kiosk work well for this!

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Display old family wedding photos on vintage plates at an anniversary party or wedding reception.

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You can craft these photo holders from corks. Display photos at each table or make them as favors.

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The corks also fit in candlesticks!

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Photos attached to tea bags make cute favors for showers or receptions.

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These photo match boxes are super cute too! “A perfect match!”

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A co-worker did this for her parent’s 60th anniversary party!

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Remember your honeymoon with photo projects too… like this “sand globe”.

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Or a scrap box to hold photos and other honeymoon mementos like tickets, shells, and other trinkets.

There are many more ideas at Kodak Tips and Projects Center.

Find a Kodak Picture Kiosk near you to get started.

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Here are some great photo apps that are Kodak Alaris partners that can also help make your wedding unique.

Send 8mm film or VHS tapes to iMemories and get back a video to play at your party or reception.

Have wedding guests share with you the candid pics they shot during your special day using WedPics app.

Personalize your photos with elegant designs and make cards with Chappters iPhone app.

Don’t forget, when it comes to photography and weddings you always want to hire a professional photographer so you know that all those special moments will be captured. You won’t regret it years later.

 

 

Get Ready for Father’s Day with Photo Projects

That time is almost upon us…the day we reserve for Dad and celebrate him and all his mustache, bow tie, and barbeque glory. Here are some ideas for personalized cards and gifts to make the day extra special. With the KODAK Picture Kiosk and the KODAK MOMENTS Apps it’s easy even if you wait until the last minute—same day service is not a problem for our products. Or, use your smartphone or iPad to create a card, order prints or make a photo book which you can pick up on your way home from work or have delivered right to your house.

Every great gift starts with a cute card. Here are some ideas for personalized cards that will really get Dad’s attention.

Dad’s Favorite Activity: Surprise Dad with a custom photo card featuring the kids taking part in one of Dad’s favorite sports or activities.

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Spell It Out: For a unique way to send Father’s Day greetings, have the kids write the message on their feet. (Bonus: Picture the look on the kids’ faces when you ask them to take off their socks and write on their feet!)

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Card from the Pet: If your children are of the furry variety, they can still send a card to Dad on Father’s Day.

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Custom photo books, bordered prints and collages make the perfect gift for Dad. Here are some ideas for unique versions that will become treasured keepsakes.

Why I Love Daddy: Select a bordered print and add text that states an example of why your child loves his or her Dad so much.

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Just Like Dad: No one can fill Dad’s shoes, but you can have fun trying with this personalized collage showing baby wearing Daddy’s shoes!

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Just Me and Daddy: Create a personalized photo booking showing pictures of Dad, illustrating how he has been there for you over the years…coaching your Little League team, cheering you on from the sidelines, building you a tree house, teaching you how to drive, etc.

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How about getting the kids involved in making a gift for Dad? Here are some ideas and thought starters.

Hardware Frame: Show off your favorite picture of the kids with Dad with this unique frame. This is a great project for the kids to create for Dad.

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Coupon Jar: Give Dad a well-deserved break with personalized coupons good for free chores. For a new twist indicate what the coupon is for with a photo. For example, a print a picture of the dog and write “Walk the dog free coupon” on the back.

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Family Handprints: Using a family photo in the background and repeating it in the smallest hand print makes for a cool 3D effect that Dad will love! All the kids handprints are represented with this project which serves as a great memory for Dad as the kids get older and bigger!

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This is just a start. Check out these and other great Father’s Day projects on our Tips & Projects Center.

Go to the Head of the Class with these Graduation Planning Ideas

Have a graduate in the family this year? It’s time to start gearing up for the big day! Traditionally, families will use photos as a centerpiece of graduation season. We have lots of ideas and resources in our Tips & Project Center to help as you begin your planning. With the KODAK Picture Kiosk and KODAK MOMENTS Apps, it’s simple to create personalized greeting cards, gifts and party decorations with same day service.

The time consuming part is collecting the photos. Even the most organized will find this takes time because you will want to linger over all the photos. “Remember in first grade when they went on the zoo field trip?”. “Oh, there’s the picture from her first dance recital”. “I just have to include this picture from the state championships last year”.

Once you do that sorting, we make it easy with lots of options. You can use printed photos, pictures on memory cards, and the more recent photos on your smartphone. You can use an in-store KODAK Picture Kiosk for on-the-spot service. Or order right from your smartphone or iPad and pick up your order later at the store, or even have it delivered right to your home.

So what do you need for this graduation experience? Announcements and invites? We have you covered with our new suite of coordinated graduation announcements, invitations and thank you notes. Save yourself some time and another trip to the store by making these all at one time.

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Here are some ideas for taking your invites to the next level.

Then & Now Graduation Announcement: Take a pic of your grad holding a photo from their childhood (or their first day of school) to use on her graduation announcement, and show how far she’s come!

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Send a Message: Let your grad express his creativity with a special message on his graduation party invitations.

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Need some ideas for the graduation party? Here are a few to get you started.

A Walk Down Memory Lane: These photo signs, showing the graduate through the years make a great decoration for the graduation party.

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Graduation Goodies: Decorating candies with a graduation theme will sweeten up the desserts table.

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Personalized Bottles: Add interest to your party beverages with photos of the graduate. Including the mortarboard on the bottle cap adds another special touch.

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And that’s only a few of the great ideas we have! Check out our Tips and Projects Center for more projects and thought starters that will really help you personalize your party.

Mother’s Day is on the Way

Mother’s Day is less than 2 weeks away so it’s time to start planning. With the KODAK Picture Kiosk and the My KODAK MOMENTS App it’s easy even if you wait until the last minute for customized greeting cards and gifts. Same day service is not a problem for our products. Use your smartphone to create a card, order prints or make a photo book that you can pick up on your way home from work.

If you need some inspiration we have a whole Tips & Project Center full of great ideas to get you started.

Here are some ideas for a cute card from the kids.

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Spell It Out: For a unique way to send Mother’s Day greetings, have the kids write the message on their feet. (Bonus: Picture the look on the kids’ faces when you ask them to take off their socks and write on their feet!).

And for those of you with furry children:

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And you can save a pretty penny on these personalized cards–from now until May 11th all KODAK Personalized Greeting Cards are Buy One, Get One Free. Check out the promotion.

We also have ideas for photo books and collages that will melt Mom’s heart.

I Love You Book: This photo book is sure to become a treasured keepsake. Take pictures of the kids holding signs saying why they love Mom, such as, “I love you because you bake cookies with me” or “I love you because you do crafts with me.” Page after page highlights all the reasons the kids love Mom.

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Here’s an idea for a photo book for adult children to give their Mom. Recreate childhood scenes and put the photos side-by-side in a Now and Then Photo Book.

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Family Collage: A collage featuring pictures of the whole family, as well as individual pictures of Mom & Dad with each child makes a great Mother’s Day gift.

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If you’d like to get the kids involved in a project that’s sure to leave a lasting impression on Mom, the time to start is now! We’ve rounded up a bunch of ideas to get you and the kiddos started on projects that go beyond the clichéd macaroni necklace but are still simple enough to be done in minutes.

Here’s a great one for the littlest kids. They will love getting messy with the paint or inkpad when making the Handprint Photo Matte:

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For something a little more complex, maybe for older children and teens to work on, check out this Photo Star Project:

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For those of you with kids that love to glue and decoupage, how about a pretty Photo Flower Pot for Mom?

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This is just a start—check out these and other great Mom’s Day projects on our Tips & Projects Center.

And we’re don’t forget about the Buy one, Get one FREE promotion on our Mother’s Day cards to go along with any of these personalized gifts you make!

Spring Break Memories

Did you get away this year for Spring Break? If so, let me start by saying, lucky you! We decided to wait until summertime for a big trip (what were we thinking?!). And the calendar may say Spring, but here in Rochester, NY a glance outside confirms we’re still in winter’s icy grips.

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Winter storm “Vulcan” just last week (when did the meteorologists start naming winter storms, anyway?!)

Fortunately, we were able to take a great beach vacation last summer and I’ve surrounded myself, in the office and at home, with pictures and projects from that trip to keep the memories alive.

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Check out the Sand Box, Glass Photo Block and a variation on the Photo Poster on our Tips & Project Center.

If you, too, are looking for ways to make your vacation last, here are some ideas to get you started.

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Vacation Photo Book: Alongside the photos from your trip, include other memorabilia. Simply scan some of the mementos at the KODAK Picture Kiosk and include with photos from your vacation to create a unique vacation Photo Book. Use ticket stubs, restaurant menus, drink coasters and more!

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For the Foodie:  Sampling the local cuisine can be a highlight of a great vacation. Remember your favorite meals when you create a collage to hang in your kitchen at home.

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Seashell Photo Holder: Don’t let all those seashells you collected during your beach vacation sit forgotten in storage—use them to display your favorite trip pictures.

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Map It: A map of your getaway spot makes an excellent background to showcase your vacation photos.

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Photo Jars: Collect seasonal items, along with a favorite vacation photo, and place them in a pretty glass container for a nice memento.

This is just a start.  Check out theseand other great vacation projects on our Tips & Projects Center.

Brighten up your home (and mood) with photos!

This time of year you might start to feel some twinges of spring fever. You might feel like doing some spring cleaning or changing up your home decor. Decorating with photos is an easy and beautiful way to refesh your home.

Turns out, some experts say that looking at photos can have a positive effect.

Woman’s Day recommends that you put photos on the fridge to improve your mood in five minutes. They point out that we look at our refigerator 27 times a day, so it’s a good opportunity to look at something that makes you happy. “Research shows that the happiest people have many joyful family photos displayed in their homes,” says Caroline Adams Miller, coauthor of Creating Your Best Life.

This Yahoo article “How to Cheer Up: 5 Proven Mood-Enhancing Things to Do Right Now” also recommends photos as a way to feel better. UK’s The Open University showed in a study that looking at your personal photos is a better mood enhancer than other traditional activities like eating chocolate, drinking wine or listening to music. They suggest keeping photos in plain sight and occasionally switching them up is a great way to improve your mood.

Considering that looking at photos can make you feel better, displaying more photos around your home seems like a good idea. There are lots of creative ways to use photos in our home decor projects featured in the Kodak Tips and Projects Center.

Here are just a few.

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Photo window frame – Have you ever seen an old window frame sitting out by the curb? Grab it next time and make this cool photo window.

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Family tree mural with photos – show off your family with this life size family tree.

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Glowing photo frame – Warm up your home with this easy to make backlight frame.

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Photo wreath – striking compliment to your mantlescape!

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Photo dishware – perfect for your old family photos. Make copies at a Kodak Picture Kiosk so you don’t ruin the originals.

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Oh and for your fridge? Check out these photo magnets made from upcycled bottle caps!

The DIY steps for all these photo projects are available in the home decor section of the Kodak Tips and Projects Center.

Find a Kodak Picture Kiosk near you to print all your photos for these ideas.

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It’s winter school break in our part of the world and despite the cabin fever, we are stuck at home for the week. I thought a good way to end the kids’ vacation would be to let them have a few friends over on Saturday. Since there just happens to be some major international sporting events taking place, we decided on a sports-themed party.

The first staple of any good party—the food. I know we’ll need lots of it considering the pack of pre-teen and teen boys we expect as guests. In addition to the typical junk food, I plan on preparing the Sporty Party Food, using pictures of the boys’ friends and the US flags. I will probably make the sliders shown here, but these food picks work well for a variety of foods, especially desserts.

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I’m putting the boys in charge of decorations, and they have the rest of the week to work on that part. I wouldn’t be surprised if I see lots of USA flags and pictures of skiers, skaters and snowboarders when I get home from work.

For favors, we’re going to make these Photo Party Favors. Luckily, my nephew is just moving into his first apartment and was going to get rid of his old sports trophies. So I grabbed those up and we are going to spray paint them red, white and blue and add photos of the boys’ friends.

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Now I just have to come up with some ways for the kids to burn off some of the energy and excitement that’s sure to result from watching the televised sports.  I guess I could always send them out in the snow to play…

Lastly, I have to find a way to work the new buzzword of the season into the party. If you have any suggestions for a creative way to incorporate TWIZZLE, please comment below!

You can find more sports themed party and photo project ideas on the Kodak Tips and Projects Center.

Photo Projects for a Memorable Valentine’s Day

When it comes to crafting and holidays, Valentine’s Day is right up there for me. It’s all hearts and pink and glitter! I got pretty excited when we started working on some photo projects to share this season on the Kodak Tips and Projects Center. We love adding photos to Valentine’s decorations, cards and gifts because it adds a personal touch. Here are some of the fun ideas we came up with…

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My co-worker, Patricia made this adorable frame with an inexpensive frame, a hot glue gun, and real candy hearts. Bonus? It smells delicious!

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This is the world’s tiniest Valentine’s photo project! Mini-prints at Kodak Picture Kiosk are perfect for making this secret message clothespin.

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You can make this cute heart garland with photos and patterned paper for hanging in your house or even embellishing a gift.

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Hand out treats in these photo tubes. Super easy to make.

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This is where the glitter comes in. After you make a card at Kodak Picture Kiosk, make it extra fancy with glue, glitter, sequins or anything else cute you find in the crafting aisle. Right now all cards at Kodak Picture Kiosk are 33% off.

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We have had this project around for awhile but it’s a favorite. After you eat all the chocolate from your heart shaped candy box, turn it into a picture frame!

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Here is something for the photo adventurous. We have instructions for making heart shaped bokeh.

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Do you have kids that are exchanging Valentines at school? You can make photo cards at Kodak Picture Kiosk with their pictures on them. Get creative with the photo to personalize the cards even more. It helps that all cards are now 33% off for Valentine’s Day.

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This is an idea that really pops. Make prints and add a lollipop for a really cute card/gift.

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We have lots of ideas for taking photos that are perfect for making fun cards and photo books in the Tips and Projects Center. I hope these have inspired you to make this Valentine’s Day a memorable one! We had fun coming up with them for you. Any day you get to use a hot glue gun in the office is a good one!

Find a Kodak Picture Kiosk near you.

Halloween photo projects

Did you know that the day after Halloween is one of the biggest photo sharing days of the year on Facebook? So we know you are taking lots of pictures on Halloween. Here are some ideas for using them!     spider-frame

A pack of plastic spiders, a glue gun and a plain picture frame is all you need to make a creepy, crawly display for your favorite photos.spider-clip

Those spiders can also be glued to clothespins painted black and go on to have many uses.

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They can hold photos and stand alone…

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Or be clipped to a string for a festive Halloween photo banner.

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Fill a jar with water, red food coloring and some plastic eyeballs for a really gross Halloween photo display. Yes! You can submerge prints from Kodak Picture Kiosk into water and they will last! “Prints made at our self-service kiosks are also waterproof and stain resistant. They are protected with KODAK XTRALIFE Coating that makes them incredibly durable—they are even wipeable!” – thus being able to add them to a jar of water.

You can make prints at your local Kodak Picture Kiosk for all of these projects and more over on our Kodak Tips and Projects Center.

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Not only can you make fun photo projects to decorate for Halloween with prints from Kodak Picture Kiosk but you can make other products to help share and remember all your best Halloween memories.

Create a cute Halloween collage from your photos to hang on the fridge or to send to friends and family.

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Collect all your Halloween photos either from this year’s party or from all Halloween’s past in a photo book that you can enjoy for years to come.

Find a Kodak Picture Kiosk near you to get started!

Tori Johnson: DIY Kid’s Magnetic Educational Photo Board

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As a mom of a rambunctious two-year-old I am constantly on the lookout for do-it-yourself ideas that are fun, affordable and educational. When I saw this idea on Pinterest I thought it was the perfect DIY to try out and I immediately had a cool idea on how to make it even better…use PICTURES instead of flashcards! Another bonus, you can do this entire DIY for approximately $30! Can’t beat that!

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Supplies:

  • Variety of Kodak photos
  • Oil Drip Pan (purchase at any auto supply store for approx. $10)
  • (1)  8x11in dry erase magnetic sheet
  • Variety of magnetic photo holders
  • Magnets
  • Scissors
  • Dry Erase Marker

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 First, I decided what the “categories” were that I wanted to feature on the board. I knew that these would change as my son got older so I decided to go with a magnetic dry erase sheet so that I could easily make adjustments. I then just cut it in to strips to use at my category names.

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After I decided my categories I found some pictures on the Internet and ones that I had taken as well that fit in to my categories. I then dropped them on to a USB and took them to my local Kodak Kiosk which is right down the street at CVS. Within minutes I had all my pictures printed out. What is so great about using pictures is it is much easier for a toddler to understand what you are asking them is in the photo because they are true-to-life unlike cartoons that you see on flashcards. Additionally, you can make basically any category you want vs. being confined to what is available on a flashcard.

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Then you just slide the photos in to their magnetic holders so they are protected from little grubby toddler hands.

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That’s all it takes! Now ask your toddler all sorts of questions to drive their development! Some questions that I ask my son are, “Which photo is a cow?” “How does a pig go?” “Point to the color green.” Among many others! You can also use your extra magnets to hang photos of your family on the board as well!

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 Tori Johnson writes about fashion, mommyhood and everything else in between on her blog The sTORIbook (www.thesTORIbook.com). You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest!

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