Scrap­book­ing for younger chil­dren

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

What kid doesn’t like cut­ting up pa­per, peel­ing off stick­ers, or draw­ing pic­tures? Try chan­nel­ing some of that creative en­ergy into scrap­book­ing.

Scrap­book­ing is a great way to spend time with your chil­dren, share your fa­vorite hobby, and re­in­force skills learned in school with­out them re­al­is­ing it. Younger chil­dren like to see re­sults quickly.

In­stead of hav­ing them scrap­book about their year, break it down into smaller chap­ters of their life such as:

Have your child cre­ate a scrap­book show­ing his/her loved ones.

Com­pile an al­bum show­cas­ing their fa­vorite things at this time in their life.

Make an al­bum that also teaches. In­clude a page on your tele­phone num­ber, ad­dress, points of in­ter­est in your town and some state facts.

first tooth lost, first time rid­ing a bike, first time play­ing a new sport etc.

Let your child pick which pic­tures they would like to use. Pre-cut pa­per and em­bel­lish­ments if nec­es­sary. If your child is too young or has dif­fi­culty cut­ting complicated items, do it for them ahead of time.

Let your child make some de­ci­sions. Have them choose colour schemes, what em­bel­lish­ment they would like to use, and whether or not to mat a photo. It can be over­whelm­ing to a child if you let them pick from your en­tire scrap­book­ing col­lec­tion. Set out a cou­ple of em­bel­lish­ments and pa­per choices that work well with the pho­tos or theme and let them choose.

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