When I was at school, I loved being able to scrapbook special occasions, holidays and memorable events. I look back at the many books I have kept, and I’m instantly reminded of the good old times – with many of the pages making me laugh!
However, I know now that life is different for our twenty-first century children. Fast paced, and with games consoles galore, it can often be harder to prise the kids away from the screens when all you have to offer them is a scrapbook, glue, scissors and sequins. Yet, I can guarantee you that within a few minutes of sitting down to begin their own scrapbook adventure, the kids will be hooked!
Scrapbooking Can Be a Relaxing Process
For those children who have hectic social lives, school, homework and after school activities, it can be hard to get them to shut off. However, if they don’t take the time to stop and sit and do something creative, there is a risk that they will burn out. Just as in adults, children too can overwork themselves.
Scrapbooking is one of the most sedate and serene of physical craft activities that a child could take part in; perhaps only on a par with painting. It encourages them to stop thinking about what is going on in the outside world, and forces them to work on what is in front of them. You would be amazed at how cathartic sticking, gluing, cutting and pasting can be to many of those children who have never done this since their preschool days!
Scrapbooking Creates Memories
What is great about starting a scrapbook project is the fact that you can relate a project to almost any occasion in a child’s life. From the main events such as Christmas to Easter, to the more obvious of times such as family holidays, and other celebrations, any event can be an excuse to start a scrapbook!
I have found that many school-aged children benefit greatly from beginning a new scrapbook project at the beginning of each new school year. What is a tough time for both child and parent, being able to create a place where the child feels they can add to as the school year starts, can often work wonders for those who may find it a struggle in the first few weeks.
Similarly, if there is a rather difficult and emotional event happening at home, you can encourage a child to turn to their scrapbook as a place where they can remove themselves from the circumstances, even for just a couple of hours each week, thus clearing their heads to simply create.