So my kids keep asking for their grandparents to read stories to them during video chats but unless there’s someone to stand there and hold the camera behind the reader, the kids can’t see the book while it’s being read – so they wander off, and the grandparents feel bad.
Solution: Three sheets of thick draftboard + two rubber bands makes a nice stand for holding a phone or iPad above the book so the kids can look at the pictures during the chat. Bonus: it also brings the microphone up high, closer to the reader’s mouth.
We made two and shipped them to the grandparents; they’re simple enough for anyone to assemble and the rubber bands hold the thing steady. Burly enough to hold a tablet too. It’s been a nice way for us to have a daily story time with a relative, we get a break from parenting and the kids get a show voiced by one of their favorite people.
I’m posting SVG files here for anyone else to use – the slots are sized for thick draftboard, you’ll want to adjust them if you’re using another material. FYI the design in the photos has shorter legs than the one I’m posting – realized some of the larger books are hard to fit, so made the legs 2" taller after these photos. Enjoy.