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Building Imagination and Storytelling Skills with Laminated pictures

Mike telling picture stories

Mike’s grandma sends us a subscription to Country magazine, and it’s always full of stunning photography. I picked out a few favorites, and laminated them. Those laminated photos have become some of Emma and Johnny’s favorite possessions – so much so that Emma hid one of them in one of her secret hiding places, forgot where it is, and is now begging me to help her find it. They use them as “I Spy” pages, they tell stories about the animals, and dream about the landscapes. And they have me and Mike make up stories about the pictures, too. Such a simple play prop, with so many possibilities!

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

20 thoughts on “Building Imagination and Storytelling Skills with Laminated pictures”

  1. Elisa | blissfulE

    Beautiful! Sometimes the simplest things are really the best. I love seeing your family all snuggled up together! :) Precious.
    .-= Elisa | blissfulE´s last blog ..Vi takes a bow =-.

  2. Too funny about a very secret spots, and it’s great that the photos appeal to all three kiddos.
    .-= Natalie´s last blog ..Week in Review – October 8- 2010 =-.

  3. Two Chicks and a Hen

    What a great idea. I don’t have a laminating machine, but I might use contact paper to cover a few things for my toddler.
    .-= Two Chicks and a Hen´s last blog ..How We Celebrate Half-Birthdays =-.

  4. @Katherine – This was my solution for collecting them but not really doing much with them…

    @Two Chicks and a Hen – I only recently acquired a laminating machine, so I used to use contact paper instead. It works nearly as well; it’s just harder to get right!

  5. I love this idea! As if I need one more reason to head to the teacher supply store where I do my laminating…I LOVE laminating!

  6. Christie - Childhood 101

    I love how the simple ideas are often the best. We have a small picture album of similar pictures and photos which my toddler loves ‘reading.’
    .-= Christie – Childhood 101´s last blog ..Lets celebrate SPRING with some Kids Art and a whole lot more =-.

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