I have had a blast the past few years using the kids to spell words and then turning these Kodak moments into gifts for my husband. (Food for thought: coming generations won’t understand the meaning of a “Kodak moment”).
I put the kids to good use for Father’s Day 2012 when we spelled “DAD”. In June 2013 we surprised Dada with Jonah’s Gender Reveal on the couch where the kids spelled “BOY”. This year for Father’s Day we were able to really celebrate “DADA” (as they call him), and going forward the possibilities of writing four-letter words are endless. (I am not pregnant, but I just want to point out that “GIRL” is another four-letter word).
Items needed for this project:
Kids: I used our own, but borrow cute ones if you need more hands
Matching Outfits: It’s a great added touch, but there is always someone in the group who doesn’t want to wear his (usually the toddler)!
Letters: $3-4/ letter. They can easily be painted or decorated, but I felt that the white letters stood out nicely.
Step 1: decide on a word
Step 2: buy the letters
Step 3: buy outfits
Step 4: get kids dressed (this will be the second hardest step in the process, bribe if necessary)
Step 5: have a glass of wine
Step 6: pose kids for pictures – this is the hardest part, but the wine will help you keep your composure
Step 7: take pictures – lots of them – keep snapping while you tell them “sit still, look at me, eyes on me, I am over here, don’t chew on the letter, don’t chew on your brother, can you sit your brother back up, look at me, oh for the love of God – just look at me!”
Step 8: have another glass of wine
Step 9: take a nap!
Step 10: get picture developed and frame it!
You will definitely see more “Spelling Pictures” in the future with our kids. A cute idea for Valentine’s Day would be “LOVE”, “HO HO” for Christmas, and perhaps we are LONG overdue for a “MAMA” picture (hint hint, honey)! – The possibilities are endless – have fun with it!