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Making it Fun
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Lucie Battaini
 
By Lucie Battaini
Published on March 28, 2008
 
Arts are vital to providing a well-rounded education, here are some tips to introduce kids to scrapbooking.

Arts are vital to providing a well-rounded education. Researchers tell us that getting an early start in the arts can make a real difference in the lives of children. Participation in the arts such as scrapbooking is important. Research shows that the benefits of early arts education extend way beyond providing a creative outlet for children. Arts education can help develop imagination, cognitive skills, creative abilities, problem solving, fine motor skills, language, social skills, sense of time and place, focusing, listening, risk taking, tolerance, uniqueness, and more.

Encouraging kids to be artistic is not hard at all. Kids seem to have a built in fascination and enjoyment for creating and using their hands, so encouraging them should be a fun and rewarding activity for everyone to enjoy.
Children of all ages love to hear they are doing a great job. Lets face it all of us like to hear that, but letting a child know how well they did something, how creative and thoughtful they are gives them a sense of accomplishment. There for making scrapbooking a fun and enjoyable experience.

Helping out your kids without taking over can be a hard one! We can get excited about scrapbooking and when we see our kids doing it too, one can get a little carried away!
Some times some advice can help but depending on your child’s age, and how they might react or understand what you are trying to say, will be a decision you need to make. Just remember no one really likes being told what to do and scrapbooking really is a free for all activity, so try making your helpful hints come across as just an idea for them and not come across as telling them what to do.

We all love shopping for scrapbooking supplies and no doubt your kids will too. It will make for a much more enjoyable activity when they are able to pick out their own funky and cool supplies. If you’re on a budget, let them chose some things from your supply that you don’t mind sharing, no matter where it comes from they will be excited to have a little stash of their very own.

When your child is ready to start scrapbooking, it helps to give them a topic or theme, let them chose the photos they might like to scrap about. It could be a school excursion, dance practice, or a sleep over, what ever the topic, guide them along to picking out something fun they will enjoy scrapping about. Help them decide on a tittle, a layout and what embellishments they might like to use to tie it all in. A colour wheel would be handy for a child to use and understand colour schemes.

Scrapbooking with a group of friends is always a fun activity. Kids love get togethers, weather it’s a bunch of boys or girls, having their friends over for a scrapbooking get together will bring more memories for later on to journal about. You could get creative and hold a night for kids and teach them a few things or two. Either a lot of scrapbooking or a lot of talking will happen but either way, a great way to make friends.