In the meantime, how about making a card game for your children, grandchildren or family friends.
I know we all have a deck of cards and some decks that are missing some cards...and I know we all have some fabric, scraps or jelly rolls around. (jelly rolls are pre cut strips of fabric the are 2 1/2" wide and are the full width of fabric). Here is a picture of a jelly roll that my sister picked up for me. It's all great bright fabric for kids.
Here is one deck of many that we have hanging around the house that's not being used.
Did you know most cards are 2 1/2" wide...I see a jelly roll in this cards future!!
and the card is 3 1/2" high.
So here's a quick and easy tutorial for a little game booklet for kids.
Cut your fabric, jelly rolls or scraps to fit your card size. The Mod Podge is a glue and sealer all in one. Once it dries, it seals the fabric like a plastic coating.
These are cut at 2 1/2" x 3 1/2".
Cover the front of the card with a thin layer of Mod Podge.
While it's still wet, apply your fabric.
Once you have rubbed the fabric on the card, paint another layer of Mod Podge over the top to seal the fabric.
Do this to as many cards as you'd like. While they are drying, go to your favorite magazine to cut out pictures for the other side of the card.
How about a kitten.
or sneakers, ice cream sundae or a plant. These are all great "I SPY" game pictures. You can also use family photos of siblings, aunts, uncles, grand parents etc...
Cut the pictures to the same size as your fabric or cards.
Repeat the Mod Podge steps on the card...
and then on top of the picture. Let dry completely. It doesn't take too long 15-20 minutes. You can add several coats for added protection if you'd like. I just did one.
Now to assemble the game. You will need a hole punch and a large key ring that hinges open. Not the kind that you slide the keys all the way around the ring. That kind might rip the cards.
Take each card and in the same place on each card...
punch a hole in the corner.
Here's a close up.
Open up the ring and hook on all the cards you've made.
Here is the back side with the picture game.
- have them go through the pictures on the ring and have them "I Spy" something in the room or in the car or in the restaurant that "matches" that picture.
- they could say what the picture is if they are just learning what objects are.
- how about learning how to "spell" the word in the picture.
- or learn their "colors" in the picture.
- for older children, is the picture a noun or verb etc...
- you could keep the cards off the ring, make 2 of the same picture and create a "matching" card game
- you could play the Stare Game (my kids loved this one)...Have your child "Stare" at the card for a certain period of time (2-3 minutes). Then take the card from them and ask them as many questions as possible about the details of the card. Great for them to remember details about a picture.
- You could also find pictures of the alphabet, numbers, food or sports.
- don't forget family photos for the little ones who don't know family members yet or if they live too far away and don't see them very often.
- I know there are more ideas that would fit things your child or grandchild likes...so make up a game and have fun!!
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