How To Make A Holiday Scrapbook With Kids: 13 Awesome Ideas

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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.

  • Maps
  • Boarding Cards
  • Luggage Label
  • Badges
  • Activity Books from restaurants – check out our free printable Christmas placemats.
  • 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
How to make a holiday scrapbook with kids - 13 fun ideas

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.

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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 2 July 2023 by Clare


  1. Such a great thing to do. We did this with our kids who are a bit older now and they LOVE going back through them. I really like the maps, hadn’t thought of that.

  2. We did a scrapbook last summer holidays and it was a great way to get my daughter to write and also keep for the memories. We will be doing the same this year.

  3. I always used to do this for our big family holidays, and I can still remember them all so well, it’s such a great way to cement those memories. And I still look at those scrapbooks now! I’ve not done this yet with my son, but I think this year he will be old enough to and I think he’ll love it – he loves looking through old photos and his memory box.

    1. It is so nice for them to make and collect all the things while on holiday as well. It certainly has made us remember the holiday much more, and we will do it for every big holiday we have 🙂

  4. Oh this is such a lovely way to capture the memories of a special holiday. I’m sure you’ll always look back on it fondly together.

  5. This is absolutely lovely! We love to collect bits from our adventures and holidays but haven’t yet compiled them into a scrapbook. Now that the kids are 6 I know this would be an activity they would thoroughly enjoy! x

  6. I encourage N to do a scrapbook over the summer holidays. He quite likes doing it although hates writing. It’s just a faff printing out photos because our home printer doesn’t work.

  7. Love this, reminds me of the school holidays when I was little. We always used to make scrapbooks over the summer

    1. It is something I had never done previously, it was the school that suggested it, and I am so glad they did. Freddie absolutely loved making it and still looks through them now x

  8. That is a fantastic thing to do and really good of the school to allow you to do that. Great memories to share.

  9. I love this idea! We also does scrap book with Ethan too, but we keep stopping and starting, and then we forgets about it now. I think we need to start ours again. Thank you for your inspirations. xx

  10. I think scrapbooking is a great way to get the family together, as well as wonderful for curating all the lovely memories made – not to mention, most kids love the creative element too!

    1. Yes I couldn’t agree more, Freddie is so proud of what he achieved and is such a great memory for him.

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