Saving Summer: Making a Collage to Commemorate the Season


“Summer has flown by” seems to be the unanimous and wistful agreement among my Mom-friends. Even if you haven’t found a way to put time in a bottle (and if you have, please share it with me!), here’s an idea for preserving your memories of this summer’s fun.

At any local photo shop or craft store, pick up a simple 18” x 24” poster frame.  Encourage your child to gather up all of the souvenirs that he’s saved from the season—baseball game tickets, Summer Reading Club stickers, amusement park admission stubs, postcards, maps, brochures, photos—and get to work putting the best memories on display.

Work with your child to arrange the momentos and affix them to colorful construction or scrapbook paper. Allow the display to dry overnight, then re-assemble the frame, using the cardboard backing to support the collage and carefully placing the glass over your child’s treasured items. If your frame comes with a mat, invite your child to write a personal message to finish off his collage. A simple “Summer 2010” will do, but a favorite memory or saying will preserve the moments in his own words.

Display the creation in your child’s room or a common family area where the fun memories of summer will keep everyone warm well into the cold months of winter.

Signe Whitson, LSW has been a child therapist for over ten years.  She has co-authored a book called "The Angry Smile: The Psychology of Passive Aggressive Behavior in Families, Schools, and Workplaces".  Her blog has wonderful advice on handling these types of issues.  This article has been brought to you by our partner.  Check out My Baby Clothes Boutique the next time you need to buy a baby gift - they have everything from baby accessories to baby necessities.
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