Simple Summer Scrapbooks Kids Can Make


Need an easy way to keep the kids busy while preserving some of their favorite Summer memories? Here is a very simple scrapbook project the kids can make, just in time for back-to-school when many teachers begin the school year asking what the kids did over Summer vacation. A big thank you to Melissa & Doug for sponsoring today’s creative craft project!

Simple Summer Scrapbooks Kids Can Make

To make your own Summer scrapbook, you will need a good assortment of photos. I printed many of these from my Instagram account. I love that Instagram makes documenting special moments so easy and convenient! Once the photos were printed, I invited the kids to cut them out carefully while I gathered up the rest of the supplies.

Simple Summer Scrapbooks Kids Can Make

Some of the materials we used for this project were the Melissa & Doug Alphabet Stamp Set (we love this and have used it for many different craft projects!), Melissa & Doug crayons and non-roll markers, some colored paper, leftover scraps of patterned paper, page protectors, scissors, glue and/or double-sided tape, and simple report covers.

Simple Summer Scrapbooks Kids Can Make

My five year old really loved having the opportunity to practice using her safety scissors! This is such a great activity to work on developing those ever important fine-motor skills!

Simple Summer Scrapbooks Kids Can Make

Next, it was time to add the patterned paper to a background sheet of paper with a bit of double-sided tape, then arrange the photos on top as desired. No double-sided tape on-hand? Washable glue stick works very well for this too!

Simple Summer Scrapbooks Kids Can Make

Then, I invited the kids to decorate their scrapbook spreads with markers or crayons to add a bit of a personal touch! This was probably their favorite part, and they spent a long time doodling around their photos to draw frames or write down important points about the photos they wanted to remember. They also used plenty of stamps to decorate their scrapbooks too — especially ones from the Melissa & Doug Classroom Stamp Set because they love all the encouraging words on those stamps!

Simple Summer Scrapbooks Kids Can Make

Next, the kids carefully placed each of their scrapbook sheets into page protectors, then added them to the report covers. My 9 year old mentioned that the folder pockets could also be used to store envelopes with ticket stubs, or other mementos, and I couldn’t agree more!

Simple Summer Scrapbooks Kids Can Make

Here’s a little peek at how my 5 year old’s scrapbook turned out….

Simple Summer Scrapbooks Kids Can Make

And here’s a look at how my 9 year old did hers!

Simple Summer Scrapbooks Kids Can Make

For the scrapbook covers, I made a simple label for them, printed them on a sticker sheet, and cut them out. You can download the free label template here. Then the kids wrote their names on them, and stuck them on the covers. Easy peasy!

Simple Summer Scrapbooks Kids Can Make

This would be a great project for a rainy day, or anytime you need a boredom buster on these last few days of Summer!

Have fun!!

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Melissa & Doug. There are a ton of other kid-friendly crafts, activities, and creative play ideas on the Melissa & Doug blog, so be sure to check out their blog too! All opinions are my own.)

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Comments

  1. Oh, they turned out so beautifully, and you made it so simple! Thanks, Valerie!

  2. Nowadays it is so important to give our children the opportunity to do something creative and useful without any electronic gadgets or computers using their fantasy and skills only. I think that it is a great way for kids to spend the time in company of family and friends, creating individual books of positive memories!

  3. I love how simple these are to make yet kids could be kept busy for hours. Not to mention it’s a perfect way to document each summer through the eyes of your child. What an opportunity to see how they view their experiences!