Memory Book

Memory Book lesson plan

Create a cherished keepsake or gift! Fill this accordion-fold book with memories of great times shared with family, teammates, and friends.

  • 1.

    What were the most important times in your life? Choose one to tell about in a Memory Book. With Crayola® Colored Pencils, list the event’s highlights.

  • 2.

    Cover your art area with newspaper. Cut watercolor paper with Crayola Scissors into front and back book covers. Use your imagination to paint them with Crayola Washable Watercolors and Watercolor Brushes. Dry.

  • 3.

    Cut two pieces of cardboard the same size as the book covers. Attach covers to the cardboard with Crayola School Glue. Dry.

  • 4.

    With Crayola Fine Tip Markers, write the title of your Memory Book on its front cover. Include the date. Leave space for a picture or photo if you like. Add extra sparkle with Crayola Glitter Glue. Decorate the back cover, too.

  • 5.

    Measure and cut strips of construction paper that are as tall as your book. Glue strips together so you can make several pages. Fold your strips like an accordion, making each page as wide as your book. Glue the first sheet to the inside of the front cove

  • 6.

    Write journal entries about your special event. Include names of family or friends who participated. Draw pictures. Attach photos. Include tickets, brochures, or programs.

  • 7.

    Tie your Memory Book together with ribbon, yarn, or raffia.


  • Students recall and list details of an important event in their lives.
  • Students create an aesthetically pleasing accordion-fold Memory Book.
  • Students write and illustrate highlights of the chosen event.


  • Ask children with special needs if they would like assistance to cut cardboard or make accordion folds.
  • Create a Moving Day Memory Book. Children record their thoughts and feelings about their old house, school, and neighborhood and how they feel about leaving. Include pictures of their room, the house, classroom, neighbors, and best buds. In a few months,
  • Start holiday keepsake books for family gifts. Include yearly decorations, special cards received, photos, and special holiday activities.
  • Create these books during summer camp, with artists-in-residence, at graduation, or for any special occasion.