Memory Book

Put your photos and drawings into a scrapbook.

  • Target Age:  4-7 
  • Learning Goals:  creative expression, language & literacy, social & emotional skills
  • Related Episode: Martha Plays Favorites, Martha's Life in Crime, Martha in the White House

Target Words

favorite, happened, include, memory, narrate, past, recall, remember, reminisce, special


  • Crayons and markers
  • Family photos
  • Glue or tape
  • Paper
  • Stapler or 3-ring binder


Tell your child you are going to create a memory book. "Let's make a special book where we can keep all our favorite memories. Then we can look through it and reminisce about special times." As you work on the memory book, try to use the target words listed above to help your child learn new words. Ask your child, "Rememberwhen....? What happened then? What happened after that?" This will also help you see the events from you child's point of view.

  1. Gather paper, art supplies, and photos (if available). Ask your child or children if there is a special time they want to include in the book. If you have a new baby in the house, you could talk about things you did together before the baby was born. Or you can tell stories about other family members who live far away.
  2. On a piece of paper, glue photos about a special person, event, or place, or have your children draw pictures if photos are not available. Ask them, "What do you remember? Why was thatspecial?"
  3. Ask your child to tell you what to write under the picture.
  4. You may want to reminisce about your own childhood or your child's younger years and add some pages about the past.
  5. Staple the pages together or put them in a 3-ring binder. Make sure you include extra pages so you can keep adding to your book!
  6. From time to time, bring out the book and ask your child to tell you stories based on the pictures. Say, "Will you narrate this story? Can you tell me what happened? What do you recall?"

Take it Further
Instead of making a family memory book, create a separate book with each child. Or, if you don't have much time, ask your child to draw a picture of something fun or special that happened, and ask what you should write under it to describe what happened. Then collect these pictures in a special place to look at later. They can share their pictures or memory books with friends and other family members when they come to visit.

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  • Family Pictures/Cuadros de Familia by Carmen Lomas Garza
    A series of brilliantly colored paintings help tell the story of the author's childhood in this bilingual book.
  • The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco
    A family's memories are added, piece by piece, to a very special quilt.
  • Stringbean's Trip to the Shining Sea by Vera B. Williams
    Filled with postcards and pictures, this childhood adventure is told in a scrapbook format.

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