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Scrapbooking is a perfect pastime for adults and children alike. For both, it is a fun and creative outlet, with which you can make keepsakes for yourself, as well as friends and family. It’s also incredibly easy and relatively cheap, and as such is a great hobby for your child, especially during school holidays, when your little one has a lot of spare time on their hands. If you’re a fan of scrapbooking, teaching your child what to do can be a really fun thing to do together. Here are some tips to help you.
Talk Them Through It
If your child has never seen you scrapbook before, then they probably don’t know what to do or where to start. Because of this, it makes sense to explain the process step by step and use your own scrapbooks to provide examples of things they can do. If they need any help at all, be there, but offer advice, rather than take over and do things for them.
Let Them Take Pictures
Remember that, while you’re helping your child with their scrapbook, it is still theirs, and they’re going to want to do most of it themselves, including the pictures. Of course, they might not be the best photographers in the world, but it won’t matter to them, and that’s what’s important. If they’re a bit young to be using a digital camera, get them a disposable one, and let them go wild.
Build Their Stash
You probably won’t want your child using up all of your materials and decorations, so take them out shopping and let them build a stash of their own. You might get your materials from an expensive craft store, but this isn’t necessary for your child. Instead, you can find some really cool stuff from local dollar stores.
Keep An Eye On Them
Depending on your child’s age, you may let them use paper cutters and dies, like the ones from Spellbinders, but make sure that you watch them while they’re using this equipment. They could easily break it or hurt themselves if they’re not supervised. If you think glue and markers are going to be an issue, then stick with crayons and sticky squares until they’re a bit older.
If there is one thing that you’re going to learn while scrapbooking with your children, it’s that kids are messy. If you want your child to create something perfect, it’s unlikely to happen, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t create something amazing. As long as your child understands the basics of scrapbooking and has a lot of fun, you’ve succeeded.
Remember To Tidy Up
Your child’s scrapbook may not be particularly tidy, but that doesn’t mean that your house should be a mess. Make sure that your child cleans up after themselves every time they add to their scrapbook, and that they have somewhere of their own to store their materials and equipment when they’re not using it.
Scrapbooking can be a lot of fun for your child, so let them be as creative as they can be, and don’t worry about things looking perfect.