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Picture Frames
Type: Crafts   Skills: Play & CreativitySocial & Emotional Skills
As children welcome a new sibling into their family, they are working on accepting them into their world. This is a difficult process and will need a lot of discussion. Having them decorate a picture frame for their new sibling can help open this discussion.

Picture Frames
What We Learn
Acceptance of new sibling into their world
Awareness that a new baby is arriving
Supply List
Wooden picture frame
Popsicle sticks
Tongue depressors
Tempera Paint
Construction paper
Felt or foam pieces
For the picture frame, you can use an inexpensive unfinished wooden picture frame that you can purchase at a discount or craft store, or you can try creating your own frame.

One way you and your child can create your own frame is by using cardboard and cutting out the center of it. Another way is to glue Popsicle sticks or tongue depressors into a square shape to make the frame.

Next, provide your child with plenty of materials for them to decorate the frame. You can give them markers or tempera paint to color the frame. You also can provide objects such as feathers, felt, or foam pieces to be glued to the frame. You can even help your child write "Welcome Baby" or "Little Brother" or "Little Sister" somewhere on the frame.

When the frame is completed, place it somewhere prominent in the house, such as your living room. Once the baby is born, have the child who created the frame help choose the photo to include in the frame. He or she might even be old enough to help take a snapshot.

There are lots of other ways to help prepare children for a new sibling. You can also create a countdown calendar that counts down the days until the baby is due. You can either purchase a calendar at a discount store or simply create a calendar by drawing lines on a piece of construction paper. The countdown shouldn't be any longer than one month or so before the baby's due date. For every day that goes by, give your child a sticker to place on the calendar to mark the countdown calendar as one day closer to baby's arrival.

Finally, don't forget that reading books to your child about a baby's new arrival into a family can be a great way to help prepare a child for a new sibling.
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