You're having a super summer and a fabulous vacation. Don't let those memories fade away; make a scrapbook. Souvenirs of those special occasions can be organized so you can keep them in one place, easy to look at whenever you like.
Scrapbooks can be made for all kinds of occasions. Remember one whole school year, graduation, a summer vacation or a trip across country. So you don't lose anything, a shoebox works great.
Here are some examples of things you might want to collect:
- Concert or theater tickets
- Menus, napkins
- Programs from a play
- Letters from friends
- Your own poems and stories
- Dried flowers, grass and leaves
Sea shells and sharks teeth put between 2 pieces of tape (that way they won't get lost).
Emelia Brumbaugh has been keeping a scrapbook since first grade. It has many treasures including class pictures, stories and souvenirs from the past four years.
What's so much fun about keeping a scrapbook? When I look back at it I can laugh and say, 'I did that?'" Emelia said.
Each entry into your book should have a caption explaining where and when the souvenir was collected. That way you can have fun all over again re-living your extra special memories as the years go by.
A Ring of Postcards
Can't wait to get those vacation pictures back? Now you don't have to. You can have a picture and remember every minute before you even get home.
On your trip, bring a hole punch and a reclosable silver ring. For each day of your vacation, get a postcard from wherever you are. On the back write about the fun you've had that day. Use your hole punch to make a hole in the left top corner and attach it to the silver ring.
At the end of your vacation, you will have a mini journal complete with pictures: An instant memory for each day.
Flower Power Stationary
By Hollie I. Sikorski
On rainy days my brother, sister and I like to do crafts. This is one of my favorites. Be sure to pick flowers from your own garden to make the project extra special.
You will need:
Flat flowers, such as daisies, pansies or impatiens Scissors
Waxed paper Large, heavy books White drawing paper, cut to fit inside the envelopes Paintbrush White glue Tweezers Colored paper Envelopes
Cut the stem right where it meets the flower. Lay several flowers flat on a sheet of waxed paper and cover with another sheet. Place the sheets between the pages of a large, heavy book and pile more heavy books on top. Let the flowers press for at least one week.
Remove the waxed paper sheets, flip them over and remove the bottom piece so that the flowers are lying face down. With a paintbrush, apply the glue to the backs of the flowers. Using tweezers, remove the glue-backed flowers and place them on the white drawing paper, creating a pattern. For a fancier effect, place the flowers on a piece of colored paper, then glue to the white paper. Finally, place another sheet of waxed paper over your finished stationary and place it in a large, heavy book overnight.
Now you have some unique personal stationary.
Start writing those letters!
Connect the dots to discover whats hidden underneath.
Sat. July 8 (8:30am)-Get sorted, tested and taught new tricks and maybe get a chance to ride the broomsticks. Enjoy some magic, fun and goodies. Come as your favorite Harry Potter character or create one of your own. Borders Books, Bowie: 301/352-5560.
Turtles are Cool
Sun. July 9 (2pm-3:30pm)-Turtles have been around for millions of years. Find out why and learn to identify local species while exploring ponds. Ages 6-10. Flag Ponds Nature Center, Lusby: 410/535-5327.
Owl Prowl and Night Hike
Fri. July 14 (7pm-8:30pm)-Grab a flashlight and prowl the woods for owls. See how many you can hear and see. Ages 8+. $2. Watkins Nature Center Upper Marlboro:
July 17 & 24 (10am-1pm)- Learn how you can have a different kind of fun on the water as you learn the kayaking basics. Kids must be comfortable around water. Equipment provided.
Ages 6-7. $32. Broomes Island Marina, Broomes Island: 410/535-5327.
Hands on History
July 17-21. (9am-11:30am; Noon-2:30pm)-See what the Bay area was like over 100 years ago. Sailors of the past, wildlife, stories, costumes and games are only part of the fun as you discover a New World. Ages 6-10. $30. Captain Salem Avery House Museum, Shady Side: 410/867-0970.