It’s such a cliche, but kids really do grow up so quickly. It’s important to take a snapshot of kids at this very moment so we can look back on those memories later. Help children celebrate with a fun Last Day of School Certificate (that would be perfect to put into a time capsule). It could be considered a graduation certificate as well since your child will technically be graduating from one grade to the next. No matter what you call it, this piece of paper will be fun to pull out in 20 years!
Last Day of School Certificate – Kid Graduation Craft – Time Capsule Worthy
- Printable Graduation Certificate Handprint Version or Graduation Certificate Photo 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 stamper (you can pick these up at the Dollar Tree)
- Pen or marker
- Frame and/or Laminator (both optional)
How to Make a Last Day Of School Certificate
1. Print the graduation certificate . 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 stamp 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 Picture 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?
Snap a few pictures of your graduate (Preschool, Kinder, 5th grade) in a homemade graduation hat and compare that photo to the high school or college photos in a few year. Follow our Graduation Hat Tutorial and you will be impressed with your craft skills!
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