This worked perfectly. I did a collage with just t-shirts/short sleeves and a collage with long sleeves. I was able to get 25 photos on each page. I printed each page out and put them in protective sleeves. I went ahead and did Benjamin's clothes too. That 4 year old is always looking to control something so I figured he can start by picking out his clothes.
Seriously, this looks way more complicated than it was. It was so easy and really only took me about an hour to do. Picasa made it super easy to create a collage, I didn't have to edit any photos or even crop anything.
Benjamin looking over his shirt choices.
"Hmmm...what should I wear tomorrow?"
Caleb loved this. I think choosing his own clothes really makes him more proud of his appearance because he got a say in it.
His outfit choice for today. He's so stinkin' handsome.
He really likes to layer things. He chooses a short sleeve shirt and then a long sleeve shirt to go under it.
Benjamin's outfit choice for today.
This sweet boy has been sick all week. I took him to the doctor on Monday because I was certain he had croup and an ear infection. Well it turns out that he actually has a touch of pneumonia! I had no idea. He has been on medicine since Monday and I think he is getting better. He still seems pretty tired but he is playing more.
So anyway, picking out clothes is our first step at giving Caleb, and Benjamin too, more control. I'm going to think of other simple ways to encourage independence. It may not be the cure for all the eye rollin' and "whatever!"s but it can't hurt. I'll continue to share some of my ideas on the blog. I figure if this is an area that we struggle in, someone else might be struggling too. If you have some "encouraging independence" ideas you would like to share, then leave a comment.