Summer is a time filled with memories: new friends, exciting experiences, and lots of adventures.  The perfect way to keep track of all you’ve done is to make a memory book.  Memory books can last forever, and serve as a great reminder year to year of all the people and places we saw in years past.  Throughout the summer, remember to take photos and collect mementos from all the activities you do, and then at the end of the summer, put them all together in a scrapbook-style memory book!  At HealthBarn USA, each week the campers make their own personalized memory books filled with new favorite recipes, fun times in the garden and signatures from all of their friends.

Time: This is a multi-phase activity, and can be completed in pieces over the course of several weeks.  Allow approximately 30 minutes to create a page for the memory book.


  • Craft paper
  • Glue
  • Markers, glitter, stickers, or other decorative art supplies
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn

Adult Prep: Remember to collect photos and mementos (ticket stubs, programs, recipes, etc.) throughout the summer.

Kids’ Activity:

  1. The memory book can be as many pages as you’d like!  For each page, glue down photos or other flat items on the pages, and decorate them any way you choose.  You can write down names and stories on each page, too.  Don’t forget to make a front and back cover!
  2. When each page is dry, punch 2 or 3 holes, evenly spaced, into the left side of the craft paper.
  3. Tie the pages together into a book by making a knot or bow with the yarn.

– Stacey Antine, MS, RD, author, Appetite for Life, founder, HealthBarn USA, co-host, Family Food Expert Internet Radio Show, and recognized as top 10 dietitians nationally by Today’s Dietitian magazine for her work with HealthBarn USA.

A healthy lifestyle isn’t all about food: keeping kids active and fostering their creativity is essential for healthy development, too!  In this blog, I’ll be sharing weekly activity ideas for families to do together.

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