If you follow me on social media, you may remember my posting some family history ideas using products from Shutterfly. So, during this blog post, I am going to show you some ideas for children's gifts that you can order through Shutterfly. I am not employed by Shutterfly in any capacity, and these are not affiliate links. I've just been super-impressed recently by the quality and variety of the products Shutterfly offers and want to share them with you!
Each Memory Game set comes in a nice box and includes 12 sets (24 cards total) of matching photo cards. To expand your game and make it more difficult, simply order multiple sets with different photos. (I also think these cards are the perfect size if you wanted to play a family history version of the game Hedbanz.)
Shutterfly offers a variety of photo magnet shapes and sizes. Keep family history magnets on the fridge for kids to play around with, or put them on a large cookie sheet for kids to manipulate. Kids can group the magnets based on surname or time period or even arrange them into a photo family tree!
If you've got children in your house, chances are you NEED placemats. Shutterfly offers 17"x11" food-proof, water-proof, laminated, personalized photo placemats. Why not order a few featuring old family photos, and get the kids talking about ancestors at the table? There are many layouts and designs to choose from. By the way, you can also make melamine plates and plastic cups for family history dining fun!
Do you have an older child who likes to sketch or doodle or write? Then a family history-themed notepad, notebook, or journal might be the perfect gift for them! (Pictured below is the 5"x7" notepad.) I'm a big fan of finding ways in which to incorporate family history into our everyday lives, and I think sending a teen off to school with an ancestor-themed notebook would be a great way of reminding kids of their past while they are striving for their futures.
If you want more from me about Shutterfly, come to RootsTech 2018 and hear me speak about 'Using Shutterfly For Your Family Reunion.' The tentative time and location are Thursday, March 1 at 1:30pm in Room 251A. The entire preliminary RootsTech 2018 schedule can be viewed here.
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