Have you ever noticed how much kids love to see themselves in photos? After having a picture taken, they often reply with “let me see it.” In this day and age a picture isn’t trapped in the camera until it is developed; it is right in front of you after it is taken. The world of the “selfie” (the picture taken of yourself) is becoming popular at all ages, and we play the major role in our own entertainment via social media. Taking that idea one step further is a part of what Flattenme does. It lets kids be the stars of their own stories. It is a creative and fun way to help them understand social skills, teach an important lesson, embrace their imagination, and tell them that you love them.
Throughout the last ten years we have seen numerous toys from yesteryear brought back. If I had known that all of the toys I liked were going to come back to the future, I wouldn’t have saved them. While it is exciting to be able to share an interest with your child that was once part of your childhood, it is a frightening look at the way our creativity needs a bit of a jump-start. When a child sees a personalized gift where they hold the starring role, they flourish. They want to add on to that story, they want to show everyone, and no one has that same book because it features their name and picture. You also don’t have to worry about someone else getting the same exact thing. This is a unique, special, and irreplaceable gift that will become a keepsake for years to come.
While gift-giving is a high priority during the holidays, flattenme books work year-round and for all ages. Don’t count out the grown-up kids that would be absolutely overjoyed with their role in a book. Or maybe the grown-up has is the star in a book for their kids, grand-kids or class. What a unique way to teach a child life lessons that you value or remember your parents, grandparents or other loved one. Those who live far away or are deployed for the military would love to play a daily role in the life of loved ones. Let them be in the story.
For more information contact us, or check out the website for other personalized gifts. Don’t just give a gift, give a story.
Pictures from ABC-123 book review on the blog We Have It All.
If you are planning a spring break or summer vacation with small children, there are several ways that reading books before, during, and after the trip can ensure smooth sailing.
If you have a young child who has not traveled before, you can make your own personalized travel book to explain what travel is all about. Get a three ring binder and some plastic page protectors. Go through magazines and newspapers and cut out pictures of hotels, hotel rooms, beaches, mountains, airports, airplanes, restaurants and amusement parks – whichever items apply to your trip. The Internet is a great resource, too. You can take and print screenshots from the places you will be visiting and from sites like Pinterest. The idea is to make a book that you can share with your child every day, for about a week before the trip, to prepare them for what is to come.
Books are a great resource to have on hand while you are travelling. They can occupy a child on an airplane, train or on a long car ride. It is also a good idea to bring along some of your child’s favorite bedtime books to read to him each night. If you have story or music CD that your child listens to at home, it will be comforting to listen to it each night while they are getting used to sleeping in a new place.
You will be taking pictures and picking up post cards and souvenirs during your trip. When you get home, take your pre-travel pictures out of the binder and replace them with your trip memorabilia. Have your child help you with this and then give him the binder as his own special keepsake. When it’s time to take your next trip, you and your child can look at this book and remember all the great travel adventures you’ve had together.
There are also several books that will help prepare your child for a vacation or other trip. They include:
- It’s Vacation Time by Lerryn Korda (ages 1-3)
- Madeline in London by Ludwig Bemelmans (ages 3-7)
- If You Decide to Go to the Moon by Faith McNulty (ages 5-8)
- The Travel Game by John Grandits (ages 5-8).
- How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, and How to Make a Cherry Pie and see the USA, both by Marjorie Priceman (ages 5-8)
Our personalized books at flattenme are a great resource, too. Our Super Someone books show your child’s favorite person in settings from the North Pole to Taipei, and your child’s picture in our Fairy Book or Pirates Book will keep them entertained both at home and on the road.
Contact us for information about our personalized books. And happy travels!
One (of the very many) things I have learned from being a mother of four is that children love to see their own image. Kids can spend hours looking at pictures of themselves on a computer. Seeing their picture someplace unexpected, like hanging on a family member’s wall, is perhaps the greatest joy a little one can experience. And really, that’s the whole idea behind flattenme. Giving children the joy of seeing themselves as the star of a book, seeing themselves on a greeting card, a water bottle or a tshirt!
Another thing I’ve learned being a mother of four is that it’s hard to keep coming up with creative birthday party ideas. I have 4 kids. That’s 4 birthday celebrations each year until they’re 18; 72 parties! Recently I thought of something that would truly delight one of my younger kids. What if they were to go to a party where everyone was wearing a shirt with their picture on it? Can you imagine how special that child will feel seeing 50 people wearing shirts with their face on it? Heck, I’m an adult and if I walked into a room filled with people wearing me on their clothes, I’d feel pretty special too! So I’ve decided that custom shirts are the perfect “party favor” for a youngsters birthday party. Everyone can receive their shirt with your child’s face on it as they arrive at the party, and take it with them when they leave. It’ll be a fun keepsake for them. Better yet, it’ll be a hoot for your kid, and it’ll be great to look back at the pictures years from now at a sea of party guests in the same custom shirt!
If you want to throw a custom shirt birthday party for your little one, contact us! Custom shirts just so happens to be our special-T! (Sorry, couldn’t resist the pun!)
Flattenme’s personalized Pirates book is absolutely awesome! Not only is it personalized with your child’s name, but also their face!? No way, hey?
This book is both imaginative and educational all in one, it is a personalized book that transforms your child’s experience of reading from a passive page-turner to an active participant. Some of the great graphics in this story book include enchanted forests, talking goblins and even fellow kiddy pirate crew, all of this is the help enhance this great reading experience for your child. Cade’s photo is featured seven times through out this book. This book is recommended for boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 8 years old and is available in eight different languages!
Cade absolutely love his personalized children’s Pirates book.
See the complete review at Mami’s 3 Little Monkeys.
"We got it for Mr’s boy. He absolutely LOVES colors, all colors, so we felt it was a perfectly wonderful fit for him. And we were right! When he first saw the book, he was so excited! All of the colors had him anxious to know what it said! Since he can’t read yet, Mr. helped him along, and read it to him. It didn’t take long for the rest of the kids to circle around to see what was making them smile so much!"
"The colors and designs in the book are amazing, and the quality of the book itself is beyond worth it’s cost. The vivid colors and shapes sure kept their attention, and made for a good way to keep them occupied during our long road trip last week!"
See the full review at Jess’ Journey to Success
"I recently received the book …Griffin is a Multicolor Kid.”
"The book itself is very high quality and the art is so beautiful. It’s mixed media style which in many ways reminded my of Eric Carle’s style. The words are catchy and fun and rhymed."
Read the full review at Griffin’s Honey Blog.
"We got Miley who is Rex’s niece Multicolor Kid and she loves it! The first book she wants to read is this one because she loves that her name is in it. When you read it with her if you tease her and read something wrong she will correct you.”
"In this book it tells your child that they contain all the beautiful colors of the rainbow Whether it’s red for their love, white for their courage, or blue for their imagination, this personalized book let’s your child know that they are a special child and loved through and through."
Read the full review at Kaisy Daisy.
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"Lainey is 5 and loves anything and everything that has to do with books. Needless to say when I showed it to her, she sat down right where she was at and started looking through the pages at all the wonderful pictures."
"She got very excited to see her name appear on each page and we read the pages together, she making sure to tell me what words she knew. The pictures are amazing, the color pops and the characters/scenes are very recognizable. [Lainey] asked me how the book knew her name and I said it was magic and she just smiled."
Read the full review at Two Blues Fans.
“Channing’s Blessings is the most amazing personalized book I have seen. It is a great reminder to enjoy and appreciate the little and non materialistic things in life. Each page is filled with beautiful illustrations and beautiful writings by New York Times Best Selling Author Robyn Spizman.”
”I love reading this book to my son and I think he enjoys it just as much! The book was extremely easy to order and personalize. My order arrived in record time and was packaged very appropriately. Our family highly recommends these personalized books. This book is truly one of a kind and will leave you smiling from ear to ear!”
"The Blessing book from FlattenMe would make a great Valentines Day gift! Don’t forget Birthdays, baby showers, or Easter!”
"Among all the personalized gift options, the one that I appreciate the most are the books from flattenme.com.”
“Sean is a Multicolor Kid…offers a colorful read for the kids with the entertaining storyline about the colors of the rainbow and visually engaging illustrations that come in every page. Aside from the different hues of the rainbow, it also talks about the different moods or thoughts that can be associated with colors. This can be used by parents to help their child understand different emotions that people experience. At the end of the story, the uniqueness of each child is being recognized and appreciated along with a message of love from the giver to the recipient. Sean loves it whenever we read this book to him because it always ends with an “I love You” and a kiss from mom and dad. Needless to say, this is our current bedtime story favorite.”
Read the full review at Happy Home & Family.