How to make a holiday scrapbook with children.
A couple of years ago we took our son out of school to have a fun trip in America, visiting New York, Naples, and Florida.
At the time he was only 6 years old, so we spoke to the school who didn’t fine us but asked if he could compile a scrapbook while he was there.
This was before we decided to homeschool but this is a tradition we have continued.
I was all up for the idea as it would be a great memory for him, and in fact, he made one recently of our time in Jamaica.
More importantly, he was excited about doing it as well, so a result.
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Holiday Scrapbook Ideas
On our trip, we, of course, took a lot of photos, but we made sure our son collected as much as he could while we were there.
Pretty much anything he had over the space of the holiday we collected.
- Boarding Cards
- Luggage Label
- Activity Books from restaurants – check out our free Christmas coloring placemats printables.
- Entrance Tickets
- Subway tickets
- Money (of course just loose change!!)
- Theatre Tickets
- Scorecards (when we played crazy golf!)
- Handbooks (Wilderness Explorer handbook from Animal Kingdom)
- Epcot Passport (see which are the best Disney parks for 6 year old)
- Pictures he had drawn
Scrapbooking with kids
My top tip is to make your scrapbook as soon as you can after your holiday, so it is still very fresh in their memory.
- Scrapbook (make sure it is big enough, we have used this one!)
- Photo paper
- Sticky Tape
Choose the photos you want to include with your child and put them in order. We did it in day order as we traveled quite a lot. We have a printer at home so it was easy, but you can very cheaply get these printed.
Collect all of the things you collected on your trip and put them in the order with the photos.
For every day of your trip ask your child to write a couple of sentences about what they did. I tried not to help too much, which is why some of the words are written phonetically rather than spelled correctly. But I was super proud of him.
Make sure you lay everything in the pages of the scrapbook before you actually start gluing just to make sure you utilize the book properly.
We put all of the maps at the end of the scrapbook as we had collected so many, maps of the Disney resorts, Universal Studios, and New York.
Whilst we didn’t have access to a die-cutting machine, you can also easily create your own custom-themed stickers and shapes with the help of a manual scrapbook die-cutting machine. I’m sure your child will enjoy cranking the handle to cut out some fun designs.
Then the best part, sticking!!!! All we used was either sticky tape or a glue stick so was super easy for our son to use.
This scrapbook was made 4 years ago, and he is still so proud of it. It regularly comes out and he loves showing family and friends.
Due to him making this scrapbook he now actually remembers the holiday really well as he looks through the scrapbook all the time. I have to say it was probably the best craft / educational thing we have ever done with him.
Do you have any scrapbooking ideas? If so I would love to hear your top tips.
Last Updated on 24 January 2023 by homeschoolof1