Summer is the favorite season for lots of kids – and with no school, later bedtimes, and special family trips, it’s easy to see why. It’s natural that as summer draws to a close, your kids may be feeling a little bit bummed. A great way to cheer them up is to initiate a craft project that will help your kids remember all those good times they’ve had this summer.
I like to think of making a scrapbook as a way to ‘one-up’ a photo album. Photographs are an integral part, of course, but the quotations and little extras that you add to a scrapbook give it the ability to really tell a story.
If you or your child isn’t up to making a whole scrapbook, you can also make an amazing memory board. Decorate one sheet of Bristol board with all the same things you would use in a scrapbook. A memory board is the perfect thing to hang on the wall of your child’s bedroom.
Whether you opt for a memory board or a scrapbook, you and your child will enjoy reminiscing about your family’s summer time fun – and your child will have the perfect thing to bring to school to accompany the classic “What I Did for Summer Vacation” assignment.
Here are a few tips to get you started on your summer memories craft:
Find Your Best Photos
Print off those pictures that really capture the essence of your family’s summer. A shot of the kids playing on the beach at the cottage, another of everyone standing by the roadside after the family van broke down on the way to the amusement park, or a simple photo of the family gathered around the backyard barbeque enjoying some homemade burgers.
Choose Fun Scrapbooking Paper
Even if you’re making a memory board rather than a full scrapbook, a couple sheets of scrapbooking paper will jazz up your display and help to divide up the space on the board so you have natural spots for different memories. You can select paper that matches the theme of ‘summer’ or ‘vacation,’ or just pick a pattern that you like!
Use Special Mementos
In addition to photos, gather up any little tokens of your family’s adventures to add to your project. Include things like admission tickets to an amusement park or other attraction, a napkin from the amazing roadside diner you found, or the map of the campgrounds where you spent a week together in one small tent.
Add Scrapbooking Stickers
I have a confession to make – I’m addicted to scrapbooking stickers. I could (and have) spend ample amounts of time in the sticker aisle of my favorite crafting store. Several strategically placed stickers will definitely add a little personality to your scrapbook or memory board. There are plenty of options that will tie in perfectly with the summer theme – some even made with sand!
The final step that will complete your fabulous summer craft is a few well-chosen words about your memories. Give your kids a chance to really think about why this summer was so great and then put their thoughts on paper. And, of course, encourage them to add funny stories about mishaps that occurred during family trips. Years from now, you’ll all be able to look back at the scrapbook and share a laugh over that joke again!