Summer Crafts for Kids ~ Summer Memories Book

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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.  

How to make a summer memories book with your kids.

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.

summer crafts for kids to make

 You will need:

  • Sand
  • Seashells
  • Elmer’s Glue/Wet Ones Combo pack (available in select Target’s Back to School section, while supplies last)
  • Cardstock
  • Printer
  • Small pocket photo album
  • Favorite photos printed out

Summer Crafts for Kids

How to Make a Summer Memories Book With Your Kids

  1. 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).
  2. Choose whatever colored card stock you’d like and cut it to 4×6 size.
  3. 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.messy summer crafts for kids
  4. Add small seashells and affix with Elmer’s glue.sea shell crafts for kids
  5. Allow to dry.  Clean up with Wet Ones wipes.
  6. 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.beach crafts for kids
  7. Insert photos into the photo album pages.
  8. 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.photo crafts for kids

 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. 

photo books for kids

 How will you spend the last days of summer with your family this year? I’d love for you to share in the comments. 

Beach Time

The Creekside Learning family is on vacation this week. The beach was calling. We answered. 

“Hello, Ocean. I’m here.”

creekside learning

We will be back soon. I have lots of exciting new posts brewing. In the meantime, the Hands-On Science and Preschool: Learning Is Fun! boards are hopping over on Pinterest. Check them out, repin and follow to get more great learning ideas in your Pinterest feed.

Follow along on our travels on Instagram. Creekside Learning

Have a Reading Date With Your Child

Our current read-aloud book.  Two cups of something yummy to drink.  A comfy place to sit at a local coffee shop. And my favorite 8 year old.

 Because it’s noisy at our house. Because we get interrupted a lot when reading. Because he loves for me to read. Because we are at the suspenseful part of the last book in the Harry Potter series and he really wants to know what happens to the bad guy, Voldemort, in the end.  Because it’s a great way to have real, quality time with my kid.

The very next day, I find myself at the same coffee shop, only this time with my favorite 6 year old. She just so happens to have an unread library book in the car.  It is wonderful, uninterrupted time, just me and her.

 I think we will be making this a regular habit.  [smile]

Link-ups.

Simple Father’s Day Gift That Shows Him The Love

From their hands to his, Happy Father’s Day.

I took photos of my kids’ hands and placed them in a frame for three pictures. So simple, but I love seeing their hands frozen in time this way, each holding a letter of their Daddy’s name.

For more Father’s Day Gift ideas, follow on Pinterest:
Follow Julie Kirkwood, Creekside Learning’s board Mothers & Fathers – Showing Them the Love on Pinterest.

Saying Goodbye

Leah, in happier days.

The Queen Bee recently turned six and so we got her a fish. Her very first pet, all to herself, hers and only hers. And about a month later, it died. Who knows why. She took very good care of it.  But it was a two dollar fish. So, you know, these things happen.

But she is six and she is grieving and sad and today, a significant part of our day was devoted to a fish funeral, fish gravesite decorating, informing friends and family of the fish’s death, and then….planning when and what kind her next fish will be.

All of this came from her and the boys and I did our best to just support the process for her. We all said a few kind words at the graveside service:  “Leah was a nice fish.”  “We will miss her.” “I liked seeing her swim in her bowl while I ate breakfast.”

And then we each found a special stone or leaf or flower (weed?) to place on the grave.  I helped her make a grave marker and we had another little ceremony for that.  “I don’t think I can smile today. I’m too sad.”, she said more than once. We offered extra hugs.

She watched anxiously for our across the street neighbor to emerge, wanting to tell her the news because she once babysat the fish while we were away overnight. This is meaningful to The Queen Bee, a bond has been formed between her and the neighbor because of mutual fish care.

We went to a play date and The QB’s friend made her the sweetest condolence card on the loss of her fish. Then on the way home, a huge storm rolled in with rain whipping around and trees bending and traffic backing up. The Queen Bee suddenly realized that her poor fish was out in the elements.

"Leah, Our Dear Fish."

“Hurry, Mommy, we have to get home and check on Leah!”  I reassured her that Leah was okay. Her older brother sweetly offered that fish like water so surely Leah is not minding the rain one bit. Spying lightening, I told her that as soon as the storm passed, she could go out and check. But by then, she had moved on.

She’s planning for her next fish. “A bigger one, so that it lives longer.” The fish bowl and it’s gravel and little plastic plant have been washed and dried and await the new resident. Life, as they say, goes on.

The Creekside dog pays her respects.