Posted by Dana Hinders on March 30, 2012
Do your kids often complain that they’re bored despite having a room full of toys to play with? Are you worried that they’ll forget some of the important skills they’ve developed in school over the summer months? Consider scrapbooking with your child as a way to have fun while promoting creativity and the development of basic literacy skills.
Craft stores are filled with patterned papers, embellishments, paper punches, decorative scissors, and all sorts of tools for making scrapbook layouts. These items are fun, but not truly necessary. All you really need to make a scrapbook is an album, some paper, photos, a glue stick, and a black pen for journaling. If you’re worried about your child ruining your prints, you can even make inexpensive copies of the images for her to play with instead of letting her cut your actual prints. If you don’t have any suitable pictures from the event your child wants to make a scrapbook of, see if you can find images online or just have your child draw her own interpretation of what happened.
When scrapbooking with your child, encourage her to think like a “reporter” as she’s describing the story behind the pictures. Who is pictured? What are they doing? When did the event take place? Where were they? Why is this a special memory? You can correct your child’s spelling and grammar, but allow her the freedom to tell the story from her perspective. You might be surprised to find out what she enjoyed the most about your family vacation was something as simple as stopping for ice cream cones on the way home from the airport.
After your child’s scrapbook album is completed, display it in a special place within your home. I have a large wicker basket with the mini scrapbooks my son has made covering various trips we have taken as well as some of his favorite everyday memories. He loves to look through the stories and show them to his friends when they come to visit. They make wonderful keepsakes to show how far his reading and writing skills have progressed in the short time he’s been at school.