Is your child counting down the days until summer break? Even if she’s excited, she’ll probably miss at least a few things about school — hopefully her teacher and her classmates at least. Crafts for the end of the school year create little keepsakes and help your child feel better about moving on.
A scrapbook is a natural choice for documenting the school year. It’s a good way to reflect on all of the things your child did and perhaps remember some events she’s already forgotten. If you took pictures throughout the school year, use those in the scrapbook. You can also use things she created at school, such as a story she wrote or a pictures she drew in art class. Add those items into the scrapbook. Encourage your child to write down different memories she has of the school year in the scrapbook.
For a personal touch, send the scrapbook to school with your child with a few blank pages in the back. This gives her classmates a place to sign their names or write special messages to her.
A similar idea is to make a time capsule for your child’s school memories. Let her decorate a shoe box to make the time capsule. When the decorations dry, she can put in items she saved from the year. That might include pictures, souvenirs from a class trip, parts of a school project or other assignments she brought home.
Another fun addition to the time capsule is a letter written by your child. Have her write a letter to document the school year. Even better — ask your child’s teacher to write her a letter that you secretly stash in the time capsule. When you look through the contents later, your child gets the surprise of finding the letter from her teacher.
Homemade Teacher Gifts
A little homemade gift for your child’s teacher is another crafty way to wrap up the school year. Last year, we painted flower pots and added the words “Thank you for helping me grow”. We added a plant and a self-watering glass bulb. Even a simple card made by your child that thanks the teacher for all she has done over the year works.
Welcome Summer Banner
Since summer break is up next, focus on that aspect by creating a welcome summer banner. You’ll need a large piece of paper or poster board for the project. Let your child design the banner with lots of different summer-themed images. You can display the banner in the house as a reminder that the summer fun has begun.