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Summertime keepsakes with your kids

Handmade calendars, or custom T-shirts, can be made

Handmade calendars, or custom T-shirts, can be made from snapshots from summertime activities. Photo Credit: iStock

Summer holidays can seem like they go on forever, and when they end, it's very easy for little kids to forget all the exciting things they did. By creating a memory keepsake, you will be able to help your child remember and also produce a keepsake for years to come:

Tactile children will love the concept of a box. It doesn't need to be large, just a box that can be opened and that can hold all the treasures collected over the summer. It could be a shell from the beach, a pebble from the lake at Grandma's, a ribbon from a running race at camp or photos with their friends on the slide. Encourage them to write a letter for the box describing the contents and why it was special.

Visual children will do well with scrapbooks on the Web. This allows them to pick out their favorite digital photos and design from a template a keepsake book. Apple's iPhoto is an easy-to-use program, but you can also find many great programs on the Web. These books can be printed out and bound at home, or they can be professionally done.

Taste and smell children will prefer to make the handmade craft type of scrapbook, or even better, to make cards to send to family members and friends. Take digital photos of the finished cards to keep as a memory book. Each card can contain a photo, a memento and a short note.

Auditory children are practical and organized, so they prefer mementos that can be used daily. They will love photos on mugs, or handmade calendars, or custom T-shirts -- all made from snapshots from summertime activities. Things they can use, such as a pencil from the vacation hotel, or a paperweight made from a rock from a river, or a CD of music listened to on the car ride to see Grandma will all spark lifelong memories. Help your child write a story about the holiday with your child being the main character. In the many months to come, it can be read and reread as a bedtime story, especially when your child needs cheering up.

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