Create a memory box for the upcoming school year

Create a memory box to organize your child’s school work and art projects and to save as your child grows. With a memory box you’ll be able to reminisce and cherish school memories from the past while seeing the progress made through your child’s early years.

What is a school memory box?

Tip: A memory box can be useful for future projects, such as scrapbooking, because it makes finding past pictures and special memories easier.

A school memory box is a safe place to keep your child’s artwork, accomplishments and memories throughout each school year. There are many ways to make a memory box — from an easy organized space to a more involved DIY project, which is perfect for older kids and parents to make together.

This easy family tradition can be done yearly and becomes an organizational tool for you and your child to keep prized possessions from his childhood. Possessions you can both reflect back on as the year passes and as your child gets older.

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What should you keep in a memory box?

No matter what age or grade your child is currently in, he or she will bring home a massive amount of papers and memories throughout the school year. Here are some ideas of things to keep in your child’s memory box for safe-keeping and future use.

  • Artwork
  • Certificates and awards
  • Spelling tests
  • Report cards
  • Copies of school and class pictures
  • Pictures from field trips, plays and school events
  • Class journals
  • Letters from school pen pals
  • Book reports
  • Projects

Tip: If a school project is too large for the memory box, take a picture of the project, write the name of the project and the date on the back of the photo (with a photo-safe pen) and place the picture inside your child’s memory box. This can also be done with photographs from school events, recitals and plays.

How to make a school memory box

A memory box can be as simple as buying stackable boxes from the store and writing your child’s name and grade on the side in permanent ink, but you can make it into a craft project and encourage your child to express his or her personality with the decorations placed on the memory box.


  • Stackable box or shoe box
  • Camera
  • Double-sided photo tape
  • Paper
  • Craft markers
  • Craft glue
  • Age-appropriate magazines
  • Scissors
  • Stickers and other misc. craft items


  1. On a piece of paper, write your child’s age and grade with a marker.
  2. Have your child hold the paper while you take a picture.
  3. Print or develop the picture.
  4. With double-sided photo tape, tape your child’s picture on the front or top of the box.
  5. Decorate the box with pictures cut from magazines, photographs and other craft items.

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Watch and learn

Watch this How To video and learn how to make a memory book for you children’s school year highlights.

How To Create a School Year Memory Book
In this episode of How To learn how to create a school memory book for your kids.

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