Thursday, July 25th, 2013
1. What do you do with the sand, shells, dried seaweed pods, and memorabilia that you and your kids brought home from the shore? Mandy featured these nifty Vacation Memory Jars (above photograph) on her blog. Fun and charming!
2. Jessica wove her seaweed and beach findings in a mini embroidery hoop to make a Memory Catcher. I love this idea!
3. I posted these Memory Tags on my blog many years ago and then include them in my book as Memory Cards. They are a wonderful way for children to create a record of their time away. The project helps children organize and order events while giving them the opportunity to highlight their favorite moments.
4. Map Coasters! This is such a great way to reuse all of those special maps that were collected during your time away.
5. Make a beautiful Memory Box to preserve special moments, treasures, and scraps from your adventure. The glass window on this particular memory box makes is a display piece rather than just storage.
Happy vacationing! And, happy memory preserving when you return!
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Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
For many families, this is vacation week, which means different things for different families. It can translate to trips to the slopes and flights to warm oceans or it might mean slow days at home with crafts, toys, and movies. If you happen to be home and are still in your pajamas (ahem!), why not take the opportunity to encourage your children to get creative?!
Pieces of scrap wood are perfect blank canvases for mixed media collages. If you happen to have a few hanging around, sand the edges a bit, and place them on the table. Break out your markers, watercolor paints, paper, magazines, buttons, and other bits and bobbles like tiny pasta, beans, and sea shells, etc. You’ll want to offer some brushes, a little bowl of glue, and a cup of water (for the watercolors). Ask children to consider painting or drawing on the wood before they begin gluing.
I love this project because the layering of colors and textures is captivating and so satisfying!
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