One of my goals has been create more homemade books with my group. They’re fun to make and add a personal element to our environment. Using photos in preschool is a great way to represent each child in the group and show they belong. Children love to see their photos in a book. These photos show how each child is special and unique and a simple way to provide a sense of inclusion in your child care environment. Although this book does not have words, homemade books can also bring another type of print and literacy into a child’s experience.
Our Whose Smile? book highlights how each child is special and different. By focusing on just the child’s smile, we realize how each part of us is truly unique! Looking through the pages, the children can guess who is who. Usually they know, even the little one who isn’t quite two years knows her friends’ smiles!
Making a Whose Smile? Preschool Homemade Photo Book
- Simple take a photo of each child. Try near a window or door for natural lighting.
- Print photo. I print my photos with my printer on 4×6 photo sheets so there’s no trimming.
- Laminate for longer lasting books.
- Create cover as desired. I used (affiliate link) PicMonkey to create a collage and add a title.
- Punch holes and bind. I used book rings.
A smile book would be a great addition to a dental theme as well!