Frugal Crafts: Baby Eye Openers 1

Brighten up your baby’s world with easy do it yourself crafts.   I created colorful little flashcards for my baby to look at while she lies on the changing table.

I searched the internet for free downloadable prints for infant visual stimulation.  Parents.com actually has an entire directory of free stuff to download.

I printed two sets.  I left one black and white and colored the other set with markers.  This was great mommy and me time for Evelyn.  I got to doodle and she got to hear mommy’s entire repertoire of silly songs.  (Note: It is not recommended to use a bouncy seat on a table.  Use your own judgement.)

After coloring them and cutting them out, I used a glue stick and glued the images onto colorful little squares of construction paper.  One side had the colored image and the other side was black and white.  To make them last longer I adhered clear Contact paper to each side.  You can buy clear contact paper at Target or Walmart where they sell the regular Contact paper or shelf liners.

After you stick the Contact paper on, use the handle of your scissors to burnish the image.  This will smooth down the Contact paper, ensure a good seal, and de-hazes the image.

Trim your cards and you are ready to hang them up!  The following photo shows the black and white backside of the grasshopper card.

I used a little tape to stick them on the changing table.  You can also punch holes in them and tie them with string to a clothes hanger to make a mini-mobile.

Evelyn loves the pictures.  I change them out every few days for variety.  These took less than an hour to produce and cost pennies to make.  Win-win!

Frugal Tip of the Day:  Search the internet for free images to print.  If you don’t have a computer or a printer, go to a store and buy an inexpensive child’s coloring book for pictures you can cut out.  You can also sketch some images freehand for your baby.  The key for the first few months is to use high-contrast images of black and white or bright colors.

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2 Responses to Frugal Crafts: Baby Eye Openers 1

  1. The Hubby says:

    It is amazing how the simplest little things, which cost mere pennies, have the greatest impact and long-term memories. (snif)

  2. […] I don’t know… do you think she looks more relaxed?    For another fun eye opener project check out my animal flashcards. […]

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