Way back in November, I was gifted a new HP Sprout (check it out here). It came in the mail last month, and to say I was a bit intimidated is putting it lightly. I had never seen anything like this before. However, it is so easy to use. Let me tell you a few of the fun facts...
It has three built-in cameras, a projector, 1 tb of storage (!), and a touch screen among other things! My kids are fascinated with it (another post about that later), but the touchpad is also waterproof, so I can rest easy knowing they might not be able to destroy it!
So, I decided to use it to do a little organizing in the playroom.
What I did first was open the "Create" part of the Sprout - just with the touch of an app.
Then, I placed a bunch of toys from the playroom on the touchpad. FYI - the touchpad is white. I just had a hard time capturing that with my camera - sorry!
Once I did that, I just touched the little camera on the screen, and moved my hands away.
Voila! A picture of all of the images was taken. And, once the toys were captured, I continued the process with more toys, until I had all of the images I needed. Here's the cool part...as soon as the image was taken, the individual toys could be manipulated in any way I wanted.
So, I made them very small, so they'd all fit on a sheet of paper.
I printed the paper and got busy making my labels.I simply cut out each image, and inserted it into a little label holder I had.
Then, I attached some string.
Finally, I attached each label to the corresponding bins in the playroom.
Now, the kids can help clean up more easily. Mine can't read, so seeing a picture of what goes in each bin (balls, blocks, tiles, cars, farm stuff, stuffed animals, etc) helps make the organization of toys so much less complicated for them!
The neat part is that each image is one of their real toys that goes in that bin, thanks to the Sprout!
I'm hoping to get a bit more creative with my Sprout for my photography, and things like invitations, thank-you notes, picture albums, etc. I also cannot wait to use it more to teach the kids different things via their apps.
Stay tuned...I'll be back in a week or so with another Sprout project!