3 days earlier
20 December 2019
I’ve thought a lot lately of the importance of the family and its history. In particular, when it comes to telling the kids who were their seniors – in which the mould has shaped the following generations – in referring to with them the values, memories and ideals that have accompanied our tribe.
I remember as if it was yesterday picking of the mint, to plant beans and feeding the birds in the garden of my grand-mother, or explore the workshop wood grandpa. But these memories go back over 30 years, my grandmother having passed away last year. I see it again making a hand gesture to Henry, my nephew, and said goodbye to him. This is the last image that I kept of it.
When I look at the pictures of my grand-mother, those of his youth, and the most recent, these are my own memories of childhood that come to the surface, and I say to myself that now is the time to share all these adventures as a youth with Henry.
How the family tree turns into a game for children
The arrival of the new memory® custom by Ravensburger at Photobox, designed for children from 3 years of age, has given me the opportunity to imagine a fun game based of photos for all the family which is also a good way to bring the conversation around my grandmother and other members of our family tree. And then, as Henry likes to play on the grand carpet of the living room, it seemed to me as a gift entertaining that adapts to any terrain – from the soil to the table-to-dining – would be ideal.
So I started in the creation of a memory® of 24 cards, saying that if Henry loved his new game, it would still be possible to add new pairs later, with the release of 72 cards. The game itself is really beautiful and invites to marvel to delve into his memories with sweetness and nostalgia while passing a good time with his family. Manufacturing, too, has given me a lot of pleasure.
I am focused on my side of the family tree since this is where I had the best photos to upload into my album online on the website of Photobox – either in the scanning, if they were old and already developed, either by downloading them directly from my iPhone.
See all these familiar faces scattered on the floor was also funny to Henry that his expression surprised at the time to discover dad, grandma and auntie Stacey was for me. At one point, Henry was also arrested on the picture of my grand-mother, and he clearly recognized his face affectionate.
Create a memory®
My advice creation :
- Make sure that the face occupies 60% to 75% of the available space on the card (excluding the border) so that it is easier to recognize when printed (a bit like a passport, but more fun !)
- If you have enough cards, please introduce the members of your family by two with photos of the couple. Or, opt for a memory® to 72 cards.
- Add a touch of humor and lightness with a map of doudou favorite (smiles guaranteed when it will be returned).
What I really liked :
- Small thick card stock fit perfectly in the hand of Henry, and thrive as well on carpet rough than the smooth surface of the table in the lounge.
- The white border of the cards gives them a little retro feel, which doesn’t hurt at the time of addressing the family history. Make sure that the photos fill the entire available space (so that the borders are of the same size) to achieve this effect in a uniform manner.
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