There are a lot of cool options for kids of all ages.
For a child over the age of 5 you could:
- Send a paper album like one you make on Snapfish or Photobucket and that sort of online photo storing and crafting site. A good binding is important because of use. Spiral bound pages may tear out more easily.
- You can make your own on Publisher or some such program, or use a digital scrapbook tool. You can take the file on a disk or zip/thumb drive to a printer and have it printed. Usually these are spiral bound but could be done as individual pages and put into a book with plastic sleeves.
- You could make one your self in an actual album with slip in sleeves or creative memory style. I would strongly suggest using page protectors and taping the tops shut for retention.
- Laminate the photos with your words on the back of each photo, use fun paper. Put them on a ring and lanyard so your child can carry his or her new family with them everywhere. Use wallet sized photos. You can have any photo printed in that size.
For the toddler/preschool set you could:
- Use any of the ideas from the baby set, all would be very appropriate, other than the cube which would turn into a ball. The Sesame Street albums linked at the end of the post are a cute idea for this age group.
- The laminated photo idea from above.
- I would suggest not using paper for this age group. Preschool maybe, but certainly not toddler.
- The laminated idea from above NO lanyard. I would choose a plastic ring.
- You could even put the laminated photos into another album that is fabric or soft plastic.
- You can make a fabric photo book. Or you can buy one. Amazon has tons of cute ones available. See links at end of post.
- Vtech has a talking album that is super cool. If you are allowed this it is awesome. It lets your child learn your voice too. http://www.vtechkids.com/product/detail/1784/Record-and-Learn-Photo-Album
- Fabric photo cube. This is cute and good for a baby or very young toddler. It does not require page turning and can be held. However, it is stuffed. Stuffed things are often discouraged and removed because they harbor germs, bacteria and bugs. They are hard to wash and dry adequately by hand. Check with the care center first before sending this otherwise very cool photo idea.
Here are some links for some of the soft photo books on Amazon (I am sure other places have them too!) Most of them hold 4-6 photos behind a plastic cover.
(the one in the photo here, house album)
(photo to the right, with leaves)
This one holds 12 photos and the pages are tear resistant and soft!!! (Star album photo to the right.)
This one holds 20-36 photos and is a better idea for preschoolers or older toddlers as the interior pages are just the slip in plastic sleeves. Super cute!!!! Sesame street friends, photo to the right.
There are a couple cute ones for the big brother and big sister if that applies to you. Good idea to get them used to the idea.These hold 12.