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Summer’s end is drawing near. We’ve packed a whole lot of good, simple fun into this beautiful season. I want my kids to have wonderful memories of summers spent doing amazing things together: swimming, collecting shells at the beach, riding roller coasters, making s’mores around the campfire, going for long bike rides to nowhere in particular.
We have a fun way to preserve those memories and it’s also one of those summer crafts for kids that is perfect to do together, in these last remaining days of summer. We’re going to get messy with sand and glue, but that’s okay. These memory books will not only be a great keepsake but fun to show off to friends, family, classmates and more.
You will need:
- Elmer’s Glue/Wet Ones Combo pack (available in select Target’s Back to School section, while supplies last)
- Small pocket photo album
- Favorite photos printed out
How to Make a Summer Memories Book With Your Kids
- Gather your supplies. I found these 4×6 “brag book” style photo albums for $1.99 at a local craft store. Sometimes I’ve seen them in the dollar spot/dollar store bins too. We used regular play sand (the type you put into sand boxes) and seashells we’d collected from the beach. I found the Elmer’s Glue/Wet Ones combo pack at Target (available at select stores).
- Choose whatever colored card stock you’d like and cut it to 4×6 size.
- Have your kids spread Elmer’s glue at the bottom of the card to represent the beach, then sprinkle the sand on, tapping off any excess.
- Add small seashells and affix with Elmer’s glue.
- Allow to dry. Clean up with Wet Ones wipes.
- Use card stock to make the title: “The Summer I was [insert age]”. We used the fun fonts and a banner at PicMonkey (free) but you can do this in any program or have the kids write it out in their own handwriting. Glue it to the card. Insert in front pocket of photo album after drying.
- Insert photos into the photo album pages.
- We added little descriptions to each photo. I asked the kids to tell me in their own words what was going on in the photo and what they liked about this memory.
This was the best part of the project for me, hearing what they got excited about, what they remember, seeing the smiles and joy as they recalled this beautiful summer and ran to show their books to Daddy. They carried their books along when we went to visit friends and over to Grandma’s house.
How will you spend the last days of summer with your family this year? I’d love for you to share in the comments.