The end of summer is here (sniffle) and children are ready for school to start again. To celebrate the start of a new school year, have your child complete this First Day of School Memory Page that contains facts about them right now. It will be fun to pull out this page years from now to see how they have changed over the years.
First Day of School Memory Page Activity
- Printable First Day of School Handprint Version or First Day of School Self Portrait Version (go ahead and print a few extra so when you go to do this craft next year, you have one on hand)
- Cardstock – any color you wish
- Ink pad (you can pick these up at the Dollar Tree)
- Pen or marker
- Frame and/or Laminator (both optional). I laminate some of my girls best pieces of work to save for later…and this is definitely something that will be laminated to preserve it for years to come.
How to Make a Last Day Of School Certificate
1. Print the First Day of School Memory page . If you do not have access to a working printer you can always write these (or similar) questions on a piece of paper.
2. Have a child fill out the certificate. If your child is not writing quite yet then you will do the writing instead. Write down what your child says verbatim so you can look back at this and get an accurate snapshot of this moment in time many years down the road.
3 a. For the Handprint Version – Rub the ink pad on your child’s hand. Cover every area with ink. While the ink is wet, press it onto the designated spot on the paper. Press your hand gently but firmly on top of your child’s hand to ensure that the ink pressed into the paper from the entire hand. Immediately wash hands once you lift from the paper.
3 b. For the Self Portrait Version – You have two options for the photo version. You can have your child draw a picture of herself. These are always very fun to look at over the years. You can also take a photo of your child and tape/glue it to the certificate.
4. Allow your child to doodle and draw on the certificate to make it as personalized as possible.
5. Glue the certificate onto colored card stock. The thickness of the card stock will help this project hold up over the years.
6. Frame the certificate…or laminate it. Both of these methods will help preserve the certificate. This is a great tradition to document your child’s year. Do you think you will do this every year?