A couple of readers asked for a bit more detail about the Baby's First Alphabet Book shower activity. When we started planning the shower, we knew we wanted an activity that was easy participation for our guests and easy assembly for the hosts. Games involving baby food jars (baby food looks the same going in as it does coming out...not appetizing) or Guess the Mommy's Tummy Size (it's always going to be big and that's just mean) were not going to work. A Baby's First Alphabet Book sounded like a fun way to get the guests involved and create a memorable keepsake for Mommy and Baby.
Here's how we did it:
We used a heavier weight card stock for the pages to stand up to markers and crayons. Each 8.5 x 11 inch page was cut in half so the finished book size would be the size of a baby's board book. On each page, we took alphabet stickers from our local craft store and applied them to the top left corner of each page for a total of 26 pages (one for each letter). Then, we two-hole punched the top of the page (oriented horizontally) and threaded the pages through binder rings. Each guest could pick one lettered page (or more if you have less than 26 guests) to decorate with the image of their choice that started with the letter(s) they chose. Easy example: Aa is for apple (draw an apple).
The cover was decorated using the colors of our shower and titled "Baby _____'s First ABC Book". The most special part of this book was the back cover we created...a "Made With Love" page that each of the guests signed. The instruction sheet we placed out for our guests (as seen framed in the photo above) is available for you to download here.
We provided colored pencils, crayons and markers and then let the guests go wild with creativity. From elephants hiding in the grass to candy-colored lollipops to umbrellas dancing in the rain, our guests impressed us with their artistic abilities. The best part for mommy? She went home with a personalized book for her little one and a tangible memory of her extra special day. The best part for the hosts? The project cost us less than $15 total.