For a while now, I’ve created quick photo books for Bergen (2 years old) to look at, talk about, and flip through when we travel. The photo albums have especially come in handy on the airplane when we need plenty of distractions, but don’t want items that would take up a lot of space.
For our last plane ride across the country to visit family and friends in the Southeast, I decided to take Bergen’s love for photos a step further and make things a little more interactive.
1. Choose & Print Photos.
- Either portrait or landscape orientation will work. I picked photos that have two clear subjects so when cut in half, it was easy for Bergen to figure out the two pieces that go together.
- All the photos I chose had Bergen pictured, plus another recognizable person or animal (mom, dad, good friends, etc.).
2. Cut Photos in Half(ish)
Using a paper cutter, I chopped wherever it made sense to divide the photo. Scissors would do just fine too!
3. Mount Photo Pieces
Once I had my pieces cut I mounted the photos using index cards and scrapbooking tape, and trimmed where needed. This step has given the puzzles some extra sturdiness, helping them last a lot longer than I thought.
- For older kids, you can make the game more difficult by dividing the photo into more pieces.
- I also found it best to choose recent photos of easy recognizable places and events.
- Don’t choose photos that you aren’t able to make more copies of/print again!
- 7 to 10 photos offers a good variety without being too overwhelming.
The pieces can be stored in an envelope of ziploc bag. Once ready to play, simply spread them all out, and work together to match! Naturally, we like to talk about what’s happening in the picture too. It’s a fun way to reminisce and celebrate all the fun adventures we’ve had as a family.
How do you keep your kids occupied on the airplane?
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