“Why Scrapbooking is Fun for Kids?”

What is the most artistic way of journaling? It is scrapbooking.

Scrapbooking is a practice of combining and preserving decorated photos and other memorabilia. Actually, what are being preserved in this form of art is not just the photos per se; the stories and memories behind these photos are also safeguarded as well. These memories shall also be shared with the younger members of our family. Making the scrapbook itself is memorable because it gives the “artists” a sense of accomplishment once it is finished. The result is tangible: an artistic repository of photos, reminiscences, ideas and hard work. That is why engagement of kids in scrapbooking activities is highly encouraged. Furthermore, scrapbooking for kids is an outlet for creativity and a great bonding activity. Children nowadays are over-involved with television, computer and console games. Thus, parents find it difficult to spend some time with the children and to bring out their creativity.

After knowing the importance of scrapbooking for kids, what should we do next?

It’s scrapbooking time!

First of all, the focal point of every scrapbook is NOT the background paper or other shiny, shimmering embellishments but the photos. Thus, the first step is to choose the set of photos to be collated. These photos need not tell a single story. They may tell random stories but these photos shall have a common theme. Let the kids choose the photos they want, the adult may later on arrange these chosen photos in an order which makes them more coordinated.

After choosing the photos, a common theme shall be decided. Ask the kid what theme he or she wants. A theme may be general, which may cover variety of events, or specific, such as your daughter’s first graduation, or your son’s first out of the country experience. Considering your child’s stories on each page of the scrapbook brings him or her self-esteem because he or she will recognize that what he says means something and that his opinion matters. The question now is how do we guide the child in choosing a theme? The answer is to ask him or her leading questions like what are his likes and/or dislikes, what are his favorites, what are special about his favorites, what makes his favorites special and the like.

Next step is to choose the size of an album based on the designs, patterns, decorations on hand and the number of photos. Since it is scrapbooking for kids, bring your child to the nearby bookstore and let him or her choose his or her own desired album design.

After getting the album, it is time to sort photos, whether chronologically or thematically. Together with these photos are other memorabilia. For example, if the theme is your son’s first out of the country experience, stick in the scrapbook his plane ticket or other souvenirs which your child may have on hand. Next is to template and measure each page according to the sorted photos.

Now is the most interactive part: it’s decorating time! Arrange everything based on your child’s desired design; after all, it is scrapbooking for kids. It is the time when the inner artist of your child comes out. Each page becomes a proof of your child’s originality and once the scrapbook is done, others have a peek of your child’s point of view on the theme of your scrapbook.

The scrapbook is finally done! Now comes the best part of every scrapbooking activity. After all your hard work and combined effort, look and enjoy each meaningful scrapbook pages your child have finished with your guidance.

As what Albert Szent-Gyorgyi have said, “Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different.” Scrapbooking for kids is a rewarding experience for both the parent and the child. Those pages reflect the early stage of your child’s life and for sure, those same pages will always be a source of happiness and memories that your child will cherish over the years.

Happy scrapbooking!


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