Try This Tuesday #9: Educational Picture Ring — 5 Minutes for Special Needs

Try This Tuesday #9: Educational Picture Ring

by Trish


Try This Tuesday

This week, we are welcoming PsychMamma, who has discovered a great way to extend the use of all those holiday greetings from friends and family!

by PsychMamma

Every year we receive a plethora of photo cards and photos when the holiday season rolls around. Jenna loves to look at the pictures and I hate to throw them away, BUT I don’t like papering the refrigerator with them, or simply having them loosely floating around. Instead, I decided to do this with them:

The plastic sleeves are simply baseball card covers/protectors. I got a box of them at a shop that sells baseball cards, and they were pretty inexpensive. I used multiple colors of scrapbook paper remnants to mount the pictures on. I punched a hole in one corner of the plastic sleeve and slid them all on a clip ring (available through any office supply store).

Now Jenna has her own portable collection of photos of her friends (and their pets) and family. To make the whole thing a little more “educational,” I wrote the names of the colors on the opposite side:

This could easily be changed out with other educational things like numbers, the alphabet, beginning vocabulary words, etc. Use your imagination!

For additional tactile stimulation and interest, you can tie ribbons or multi-textured fabrics onto the ring or thread them through the holes. That was part of my original plan, but I haven’t gotten it done yet, and Jenna loves playing with it just the way it is. She calls it her “picture ring.” She carries it all over the place and loves to sit down and name everyone, talk about them and then name her colors. Anything to make learning fun….

Please join in and share the creative solutions YOU have found to your own challenges. For more details on how to participate, click here.

Trish can be found writing here at 5MFSN every Friday in addition to hosting Try This Tuesday. You can also find Trish at her blog, Another Piece of the Puzzle.

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Married for over 16 years and mom of a six year old son with autism, I spend most of my time as my Little Guy's case manager/advocate/ cheerleader/everything else.

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1 Ecki September 16, 2008 at 12:14 am

The baseball card covers are a great idea! We use postcard collecting cover for our pics (we have food and other choices on our fridge), they are a bit larger. I find they are much sturdier than laminating.

2 Jenny September 16, 2008 at 12:44 am

This is a great idea! My kids also LOVE looking at pictures. The baseball card holders are a great tip, and I love the idea of putting the colors on the back. Thanks for the tip – now I know what to do with our Christmas cards this year!

3 Maddy September 16, 2008 at 2:07 am

Oopsie but those rings seem to be hard to find, which probably explains why I bought a whole box of 100! last time I was in Office Max.

4 Danette September 16, 2008 at 2:49 am

What a great idea! I never thought to use baseball card covers, that looks like it would work great for picture schedules too. And I love the picture ring, my kids love pictures so I’m sure they’d have fun with that.


5 Kristen September 16, 2008 at 6:29 am

I LOVE this idea and I am going to use it for sure! Thanks!

6 Amazing_Grace September 16, 2008 at 7:10 am

I posted this earlier on my blog, but I thought others could use it for Try This Tuesday. 🙂

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7 Lori September 16, 2008 at 12:05 pm

I love this idea!

8 gail September 16, 2008 at 12:52 pm

great idea using Christmas pics. i have done this with photos but never thotof using baseball card sleeves. love the coloridea too.

9 Trish September 16, 2008 at 9:15 pm

Thanks so much for sharing this, PsychMamma! It’s a great idea with endless possibilities – very cool. 🙂

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