We’re about half way into summer now and for some kids the excitement of outdoor fun is starting to wear off.
Here’s a great activity to keep your kids entertained for hours while they practice skills like fine motor movement, literacy and creativity: A summer scrapbook! You can either buy a blank scrapbook or make one. This is the one we are using from Amazon.
Now’s the fun part! Brainstorm a list of activities your child can add to their summer scrapbook. This is appropriate for ages 2 and up. The older the child is, the more independent this activity will be.
I wrote a title on the pages for my 5 year old to remember what the theme of each page would be. Some examples we came up with were: family time, sisters, summer play dates, the lake, and so on. I put together a zip-top bag of supplies for her like stickers, scissors, glue, markers and construction paper. Then I let her have her fun with creating. We also talked about adding captions to some of her pictures so many years from now, she’ll remember where they were taken.
Some days she asks me to sit and scrapbook with her and I will help her add to a page but for the most part, this is a quiet, independent activity. This is a project of her own that she’ll be able to enjoy looking back on for years to come!
– Maria Dismondy, mother of three, reading specialist, fitness instructor and bestselling children’s author living in Southeast Michigan.