I call it an ABC Learning Book, others call it a Baby Shower Themed Book. It is a book that is created for your little one to start to learn their ABC’s, numbers, shapes, and colors from. However you create it, this is such an awesome, and fun filled keepsake that your kids will have forever.
At my baby shower last year, (read about my Rustic Fall Theme here), I told my sister and mom, that I did not want to play games, but wanted to give gifts away! I have never been a fan of games at showers. Some people love them, me not so much. When my sister came to me with this idea, I thought it was not only a great craft for people to make, but also a way to give gifts to them. Here is a how you can create one at your next shower, or even for a fun craft for you and your little one to do together.
My learning book was introduced at my baby shower as a fun craft for all our family and friends to do.
First, my sister made sure that she asked everyone if they had a preference in a letter, number, shape, or color. Then she just passed out what was left. Of course, you have to plan accordingly with the number of guests you have to the amount of pictures. You don’t want every person drawing 5 or 6 different pictures! So, if you only have 30 guests, your best bet is to probably only stick to a Alphabet Book, and maybe create the numbers and shapes, etc… later down the line with your little one.
What we used for my book was:
26 letters (obviously the alphabet), 10 numbers, 9 colors ( the basics), and 6 shapes.
What you need to create the book is:
- Crayons or Colored Pencils
- Card Stock paper ( strong enough so the pages can be laminated, and not easy for the kids to rip apart)
- Print out the desired letters, numbers, etc.. on the top each piece of paper before the event. ( for the Alphabet, do the capitalized letter, and small letter of each, ex. Aa)
After each person has a paper, have each draw something that starts with that letter, example Apple for A, Ball for B, etc… For the numbers we saw that each person was drawing something, but drew it multiple times for it to match the number. One person drew 7 stars, for the number 7. Same process for colors and shapes.
NOTE- this is very important, make sure that when they are all done with their drawings, they sign their name somewhere on the paper. This is such a great tool for the children as well. Because as they are learning each item, they are learning all about the person that drew it for them. You can even go as far as telling a story to them about that person as well, and how they are such a special person in your life, and theirs.
I also used these as I previously mentioned, to give away some fun gifts. During the time I was opening gifts, a friend of mine, pulled all these together, and every few minutes, pulled a picture out, read the name, and they would win a prize!
Lastly, putting it all together is a task separate from doing it, and can be done in several ways. Mine as you can see from the picture above, is spiral bind, and the pages are laminated, so they can’t be ruined. You can also put these in a photo album, or even a 3 ring binder. However you want to make it! I personally like the binding and lamination, because it holds up much longer.
So, as you can see this is such a great way to create a fun craft at a shower, and is useful for you child down the road. Giliuana loves learning from it now, and I love teaching her all about the family and friends that celebrated her that day!
Author: Nicole Mildren
Nicole Mildren is the author of Champagne To Crayons, first time mom, and celebrates motherhood in the best way she knows how; by remembering she is just not a mom. Owning her own business, and Marketing Director of the Pittsburgh MomCon helps her stay sane in the world of motherhood.