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No matter the travel limits caused by recent world events, there are still ways to build lovely family memories. The methods for memorializing your family memories are also widely varied. Both indoors and out, strive to enjoy projects and activities with tangible outcomes.
Create Art Together
Schedule a family art time by tracing everyone’s hands on a long roll of paper, allowing children to give the shapes manicures or just color them in, and using this stretch of paper as a border on the wall above their bed.
Family art can also be done in layers. A large piece of muslin stretched on a wooden frame, can be painted in the child’s favorite shade. If you have the space to make a spectacular mess, try spatter painting the muslin by sprinkling paint from an overloaded brush all over the base tone. If you don’t want to put up that much plastic, lay the frame down on a sheet of plastic and use ketchup bottles loaded with paint to squirt designs all over the fabric. When it dries, hang it.
Get Cameras for the Children
Small disposable cameras can be a lot of fun for small children on a nature walk or at a family event. Some of the best photos you might get at great-grandma’s birthday party could be taken by a child who charms her into a genuine laugh. Their aim may not be great, so encourage them to take lots of photos.
You could also set up a photo “booth” at an event and ask your children to take charge of
while your children snap the photos. Children are good at getting adults to let their guard down. Get some silly photos just for the joy of it; they may be the memories that give you the most joy.
Let Your Children Pick Their Accent Wall Color
Children may not understand the subtleties of decorating, but you can allow them to choose one accent wall as their gallery. You can then cover this in pictures they’ve drawn or try printing photo on wood in Canada, for example, that features a fun time from your last vacation together.
Make sure their accent wall has shelving they can reach. This is a place to store their treasures and show off their work and their favorite memories thus far. Keep it flexible and allow them to change out items as they choose.
Collect Objects from the Natural World
On the shelves, encourage children to store the special objects they’ve gathered. Pretty shells, unusual rocks, minerals, and pinecones are all worth saving. You can also encourage older children to keep an eye out for beautiful fall leaves and preserve them in wax to enjoy for the whole year.
If children are sharing a room, split the gallery wall with rows of twinkle lights. These will brighten the space, can serve as a nightlight for very little ones, and be flexible enough to move around as needed. You can drape the lights over nails at the top of the wall and let them hang, or fasten them at the bottom with a push pin placed between the wires; obviously, you never want to push anything sharp through an electrical wire.
Use Frames for Each Child
If you love to have art on the refrigerator but find it gets too crowded, use just one or two “frames” for each child. This can be just a border of bright construction paper with the child’s photo in the corner. Your little artist can swap out their contribution to the gallery each week. If they want to keep their work, try to keep a handle on the size of each drawing and get a set of plastic drawers with space for each child to keep their work.
Make sure to also keep an official family photo on the refrigerator. It doesn’t have to be big, but it’s a nice way to remind folk to leave space for all the artists in the family to post their work.
Your family memories can feature and be recorded by nearly everyone in your household. Encourage your children to use many mediums when creating their own art, and be sure to display photos of family members to encourage an interest in family history.