Summer Memory Box

 These boxes are inspired by  The Memory Box  children’s book, which deals with memory loss and the special memories shared between a grandfather and his grandson.

It’s Tricks of the Trade Thursday, so I wanted to tell you all about a storytelling project I’ve been preparing for this weekend. I’m hosting my first All-Ages Afternoon with a family in the neighborhood, and we’re going to be putting together summer memory boxes. These boxes are inspired by The Memory Box children’s book, which deals with memory loss and the special memories shared between a grandfather and his grandson.

For our upcoming session, the visiting grandchildren are each going to fill a special box with tiny photographs, miniature drawings, story scrolls, and natural artifacts they’ve been collecting up at the cottage over the past two weeks. The cottage has been in the family for many years, but this is the first summer that the grandparents weren’t able to go. Not wanting to be left out, the grandparents asked me to plan an afternoon activity where they’d get to hear from their grandkids all about this year’s adventures at the cottage. Creating the memory boxes also gives the kids a one-of-a-kind souvenir of their summer, which they’ll be able to bring out and explore when they visit their grandparents throughout the year.

This is a great story project if you’re looking to entertain young visitors, stimulate all-ages conversation, and help keep family memories alive when coping with age-related memory loss. Be on the lookout for your own unique vessel to store the spirit of your summer.