When my son and I parted for the first time, I had fully intended that he would be going with me.. so in that interest, I created a photo box for him.
I bought the box.. a cardboard photo box with a lid and I sat him down on the floor with newspaper and paint and let him go with it. He painted some brilliant artwork on that box! 🙂
Then we filled it with photos of all of this family members. He was so young that I mounted them on a foam background and laminated the fronts so that he could handle them with his toddler fingers and not worry about messing them up permanently.
The box finally wore out so for his 4th birthday, I bought him another one and let him paint it. He took that one back to his dad’s house with him filled with all of his precious pictures and we keep the old one at my house.