Summer is the perfect time to create lasting memories – from weekend camping trips to daily visits to the community pool, photos of your summertime adventures will be enjoyed by your family for years to come.
Once you’ve captured these outings with a camera, get your kids involved in saving your photos in imaginative ways. Scrapbooking and creating photo-themed arts and crafts are fun family activities that encourage creativity, build organizational skills and can help beat summertime boredom.
• Choose a Topic- Sort through magazines, newspapers and photos with your kids to put together a collage of their favorite activity, hobby or summertime trip. With summertime sports approaching, young athletes could pick a sport to follow and make a scrapbook of the articles and clippings they find. Couple these with photos of your child’s own sporting activities to add a personal touch.
• Train Your Little Photographer- Keep your child happy and engaged while traveling by having him or her take their own photos using a children’s digital camera. You can then sort through the photos together and use a computer to add fun graphics to the prints. Print or frame the photos and help your child display them in his or her bedroom or play area.
• Make Connections- Another child on the way? Have your older child help you put together a scrapbook for the baby on the way. Include photos of mom’s growing belly and have your child draw a picture for the new baby. This will allow your child to feel connected with his or her new sibling, and will help build excitement for the baby’s arrival.
• Take Me Out to the Ball Game!- If a summertime baseball game is on your calendar, help your child keep all of their sports memorabilia organized. Create a shadow box of treasures from a day at the ballpark. Include items like a baseball from a game, their favorite player’s baseball card and a ticket stub from the game. Include a few photos of your child cheering the home team on.
• Fancy Frames- Enhance family photos by adding a frame made from your child’s own work of art. Gather art supplies including construction paper, wrapping paper scraps and paint and let your little Picasso create several frames for favorite photos. These can then be mailed to family and friends, displayed throughout your home or pasted in a family scrapbook.