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Scrapbooking with Children

Kids out of school and looking for ways to entertain them?  If it’s too hot to play outdoors, a great source of entertainment for little ones can be with their own stash of scrapbooking supplies.

Now’s your chance to put some of your little used or unloved supplies to good use.  Not only that, but you may also be able to get some peace and quiet to work on your own projects alongside.  Children love to create and love to do what Mommy is doing.  Today’s post will discuss a few ideas to encourage their young creative minds.

From a young age, around eighteen months or so, our son Lochlan, displayed an interest in my scrapbooking stash.  I began saving scraps just for him.  Bits of papers, ribbon, and cropped out pieces of photographs.  These supplies I just kept in a large clear plastic envelope.  Using a gluestick, he happily glued them down into his own little pieces of art.  Perfect for the fridge!

Lochlan is now three and a half. Now that he is older, he has outgrown his plastic envelope and has graduated to having his own "art box."  This box is really a clear plastic lidded container with a removable tray inside.  Inside, he has a kid-friendly pair of scissors, a pair of deco scissors, a gluestick, rubber stamps, a non-toxic stamp pad, stickers, a set of watercolour paints, pencil crayons and crayons.  In one of the trays, there are a few embellishments that I reluctantly parted with: some pretty flowers and also a few of those cute Maya Road chipboard houses.  Below the tray, he stores scrap pieces of scrapbook paper, cut up photographs, a few pipe cleaners, and images cut from magazines and flyers. (He particularly likes to cut out pictures of toys from store flyers and other mailings!) Also in his artbox is a blank mini book I made him using scrap papers, and cerlox binding.  (Photo below left.) He draws in there and also glues down some of his creations.  Another item that he uses, but doesn’t fit in the box, is a tiny photo album.  He slides photos and other images into the pages of this album and loves to look through it afterwards.

Now, whenever Lochlan sees me dig out my scrapping supplies, he climbs up into his chair with his art box too.  We have fun making things together!  Photo top right shows one of his creations using paint, a foam letter stamp, patterned tape, deco scissors, a marker for his drawing and patterned paper. I encourage you to try it too if you haven’t already!

Here are a few links of others who scrap with their kids: 

Ali Edwards has lots of photos of her son creating, for instance: this one of him stamping, and this one making button trees.

Emily Falconbridge also encourages her young daughter to create.  You can see her making things here and also see her making a couple of layouts and holding them up here.

Mamato3tots talks in a post about scrapbooking with her children. You can see one of her daughters holding up her own layout here.

Scrapjazz has an article on scrapbooking project for children here.

Another scrapbooking with children article can be found here on The New Homemaker.

Angie Pedersen has an article on introducing scrapbooking to children here.

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  1. June 16th, 2008Posted | Permalink

    Good article, yes keeping the kids entertained is always a challenge.

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