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Memories ...

... of the way we were this summer ...

As summer comes to an end, what better way to preserve your memories (and those of your child), than by creating a summertime scrapbook!

Spend some time with your children talking about (and writing down) all the fun you had this summer at the Surf Club, at Madison Racquet & Swim Club, at Rockland Preserve, downtown shopping, at Hammonasset or in your own neighborhood, in your own backyard.

What did you do? Where did you go? What was your favorite day or week or activity? What made you laugh the hardest? Who did you see and spend time with? What do you remember feeling? What was your favorite meal? Did you attend any special celebrations, sporting events, concerts, or attractions?

This activity is highly customizable--you can be as creative as you want. You can use construction paper bound with ribbon or yarn, a purchased blank scrapbook, notebook paper and a 3-ring binder, or use an online scrapbooking service (many are free to create and only cost if you want to print).

Pull out all your arts and crafts supplies--markers, colored pencils, crayons, stickers, glitter, glue, colored paper, tape, scissors, etc.--and make this a fun, family event!

You can write stories, create poems, draw pictures, print pictures from your camera, include trinkets or keepsakes gathered throughout their summer adventures, add stickers, and even make videos if you choose to do an online scrapbook.

Your children will love making this scrapbook and may enjoy looking through it months or years later even more!

For more resources, check out the following sites:

http://www.familytime.com/Showarticle.aspx?ArticleId=15&CI=1

http://www.scholastic.com/resources/article/a-summer-scrapbook

http://mashable.com/2008/09/16/online-scrapbooking/

http://photoshopgirl.com/08/05/5-great-digital-scrapbooking-sites-ideas/

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