When these children are my nieces, all of these needs are heightened. I want to give something cool, but nothing that just anyone would give them.
Then, scrolling through a friend's facebook I found my solution: a growth chart. It was simple, inexpensive, and something that is meaningful.
To make your own growth chart you will need:
6" x 6' board - I used pine (did you know that a 6" board is actually 5 1/2"?)
Ruler, yardstick, or tape measure
For lettering and numbers:
Printed text and tracing paper (or a stencil)
First sand the board. Next, spray paint it- first adding a sparse coat to help the paint stick to the board. Then spray an even coat over the board.
|A light, sparse coat will help the paint stick the the board.|
Once the board dries, use a tape measure to mark the measurements. I marked both sides of the tape measure, then went back through making each line an inch long (the ruler I use to cut fabric with was great for this). Mark enough lines to start the measurements just under a foot (so that the number 1 will be on the board) and to finish just over six feet (or if you're using a 4 foot board you could start the board around a foot and a half and go to around five feet).
Print out the name and numbers, and trace them using graphite . (I liked this way better because I wasn't limited to the fonts and sizes at the craft store, but it was more time consuming and took a very steady hand when painting).
Voila- growth chart! A great baby shower gift, first birthday present, or Christmas gift.