One mom’s crafty approach to science, technology, engineering and math enrichment
Scale & Proportion: A Mini-Me Photo Shoot
My mom rocks. She had six kids, and yet somehow managed to keep a baby book for every last one of us. The locks of hair from our first haircuts are encased in sandwich bags; our heights, weights, and vaccination histories dutifully inscribed; developmental milestones memorialized; and every inch of margin or white space is jam-packed with dated entries transcribing funny things we did/said along the way.
Mary, age 3: “Mommy, when I get bigger, I’m gonna have six kids and skate in the Olympics. I’m gonna be a probation officer and Pete (my best friend and cousin) is gonna be my secretary. We’re gonna get married and call each other Cynthia and Davidson.”
Somewhere around their first birthdays, it struck me as a major “Mom fail” that the closest thing my kids had to a “baby book” was the photo archive on my phone. I vowed to make them each at least one photo book per year. (You know the 12 x 12-inch” hardcover ones that you receive 60 percent off promo emails every other day from Snapfish and Shutterfly?) Feeling guilty that birthdays and Christmas came and went this year, with no new books, I scrambled to get one made for Valentine’s Day.
The idea for the book’s theme came from my kids’ total lack of scale and proportion. Like most preschoolers, their 3D spatial IQs are nonexistent. My son cried inconsolably when he realized he couldn’t squeeze in and drive his new Matchbox truck; my daughter is forever trying to wedge her bottom into Barbie’s BBQ furniture; and together they conjured up an elaborate plan for a sleepover in Mommy’s doll house.
I set the DVR for “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” and showed them the parts when the mini-kids ride an ant, sleep in a LEGO, and swim in a bowl of Cheerios. I cut out 4×6 photographs of each of them (leaving them about three inches tall) and photographed the cut-outs with their favorite toys and books. And, finally, I let them play with their mini-selves in Mommy’s doll house.
Admittedly, I went a little nuts with the mini-me pics, resulting in a 20-page book. But, in my defense, we were snowed in, and you’ll see, there is big-scale fun to be had with this small scale idea.
The “If I was tiny…” talk went on non-stop for days. The mini-me cut-outs provided me with both the opportunity to physically illustrate scale and proportion, and to discuss it at length in a fun way.
If you were this tiny, how could I give you a hug?
How would you brush your teeth?
Could you lift an apple? Would it fit in your tummy?
Would the bathtub seem big like a lake or small like a puddle?
Could you swim in your Barbie pool?
What could you use to shovel snow?
Where would your favorite hiding spot be?
So Here’s How to Turn Your Mini-Me Pics Into Great Big Fun for Your Kids.
- Cell phone or camera
- Tape, glue, cardboard (to help prop up your small creations)
Read All About It:
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
The Borrowers, by Mary Norton
Stuart Little, by E.B. White
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Super Adventure, from Disney Book Group
The Littles, by John Peterson
To view the finished product of this super-creative Make Your Own Mini-Me Book project, go online to our Facebook Page where it was posted last week.