Scrapbooking with hyperactive children is a challenging task. Don’t blame the kid; learn the best way to retain the attention of a hyperactive child while scrapbooking. You will find toys that help hyperactive children stay focused on tasks by giving sensory input in a less intrusive manner. Scrapbooking can just have the same effect.
The idea of scrapbooking started in the United Kingdom. The 19th-century invention managed to stick around despite being threatened by the emergence of the internet (a slicker means of string memories) and the economic decline that rocked the scrapbook industry. Conventional scrapbooking has its roots in hobbyism but nowadays it is also a recommended activity for kids with ADHD.
According to Randall and Phoenix, the scrapbook interview method helps children with ADHD narrate their stories better in PA sessions. In its early days, the need to preserve family history spiked the demand for scrapbooks.
Below are the things to watch out for when scrapbooking with your hyperactive child:

Safety First

Tools such as scissors, glue, and a journaling pen can be harmful to your child. It also depends on the age of the child. Children above 10 years can be trusted with these tools, but you need to monitor them.

Not Your Album

See this scrapbooking practice as an experiment and not the real thing. You cannot trust that your child won’t mess up the whole thing on his/her first shot at it, hence it is necessary you get a separate album and other essentials.

No Pressure

Practice makes perfect. Do not be frustrated if they don’t get it. Be patient with them. The basic idea of this practice is to have fun while scrapbooking and learn on the job. Celebrate the little effort they have contributed.

How to Scrapbook With Your Hyperactive Child

Before starting, it is essential you walk them through the process so they can have a full picture of what you intend to do. You can also show them already-made scrapbooks for reference sake. The materials and tools you will need for scrapbooking are acid-free glue, cardstocks, scissors, a journaling pen, a scrapbook album, acid-free papers (with or without patterns), and embellishments.

Come Up With a Theme

A theme is a subject that defines the pictorial content of the album. It can be general or specific; however specific albums are capable of taking you through certain memories in an amazing way. Examples of themes include weddings, son’s graduation albums, or wedding anniversaries. You can also take a hint from the materials and pictures you currently possess. Take new pictures and brainstorm the theme together. They will be more attentive to the whole process if the theme is their original idea.

Let the Chronology Tell the Story

The arrangement of the scrapbook pages can tell a story of growth, resilience, real-life struggles, and all the things you don’t want to forget. Choose the story you want to tell with your kid and come up with an artistic arrangement.

Select the Photos and Embellishments You Intend to Use

After taking the pictures, or removing photos from old albums, let your kid select the pictures and embellishments he/she would like to feature on the album. The photos anchor the memory but the embellishments help tell the story in a colorful manner.

Create a Layout for Each Page

The layout will determine how the page elements such as photos and embellishments would be placed on each page. Canva users will be familiar with this concept. The layout is dependent on the theme. You can try out several arrangement styles and choose the one that appeals to your child’s instinct. Creating a layout beforehand will save you from running out of space for journaling and also, saves your time.

Crop, Mat, and Attach Your Pictures

Before introducing your selected pictures to their new homes, you should crop and mat your pictures, if needed. A paper trimmer or scissors would do. Matting is optional. When you are done cropping and matting your photos, attach them to each page with the aid of acid-free glue. And ensure you introduce each page with a unique title. You may volunteer to crop the pictures alone, so as to prevent them from harming themselves or you can hold their hands while trimming the photos.

Let Your Words Anchor Your Memories

The act of adding emotional statements, lyrics, dates, quotes, letters, and captions to a scrapbook is called journaling. It is essential you go through this process with your child.

Add Embellishments

Embellishments are the extra decorative items you add to a scrapbook with the sole purpose of enhancing your album. Don’t add too many embellishments, as the photos are meant to be the main objects in the album.

Keep Your Scrapbook Layout in an Album

This is when you totally hand the mantle over to your child. Let them keep the scrapbook pages in the album.

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