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Without a doubt, your kids have been collecting tons of souvenirs and mementos from family vacations. Set up a day for crafting and send the little ones back to school with summer keepsakes they'll be proud to show off.
Create a mini vacation-in-a-jar with small souvenirs, photographs, and whatever else your child wants to keep. They can add and remove items whenever they feel like changing it up.
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Help kids craft a bracelet made of treasures found outside during hikes and walks on the beach so they can then wear (and share) their adventures with friends.
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This leaf-collecting project will help smooth the transition from summer vacation to a new school year.
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Kids can combine maps leftover from vacation and treasures found on the beach to make an imaginative diorama.
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All you need is some glue and varying sizes of seashells to help kids create these cute critters.
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With paint, glue, and clay, kids can turn the stones they've collected into animals, people, or objects.
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Here's a simple way for kids to store their small-item collections: Accordion-fold a strip of paper, and glue the first and last pages to the inside of a box's lid and bottom. Keep some pages empty so the collection can grow.
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Books Within a Book
Kids can create mini albums within a larger scrapbook, each devoted to mini-stories like favorite camp activities or meeting new friends. Stiff paper covers along with paper spines and corners give them a fancy hardcover feel. The book on top has a closure made with a paper fastener and string.
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Help kids give the maps that guided them to favorite destinations a second life as scrapbook showstoppers. The printed papers become colorful and fitting backdrops for vacation mementos. Even teachers will be impressed!
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Instead of sorting through piles of memorabilia after a trip, try this shortcut: Pack a hole punch and a loose-leaf ring so that your child can string together maps, postcards, and other paper souvenirs collected on the road. Make a cover by affixing a sticker to the front and rubber-stamping a title on top.