Do you like to look back at old pictures of when you were just a baby? We bet your parents do! Of course, those pictures can be embarrassing if they’re brought out when your friends are around. One day, though, they will be precious treasures that you’ll always want to keep.

Do you do anything from day to day to keep track of memories you want to be able to enjoy long into the future? Good times with friends and families are things we’ll want to remember forever. Unfortunately, our human brains tend to forget things over time. How can we preserve those memories for the future?

If you have a cell phone, there’s a good chance it might have a camera in it. Unlike the bulky cameras in the past that used film, today’s digital cameras allow you to capture memories instantly without needing to wait to get pictures developed. You can even share them with friends via social media outlets, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, immediately.

An old adage you may have heard goes something like this: “A picture is worth a thousand words.” That can certainly be true. What might take you a thousand — or more! — words might be able to be summed up in one great photograph.

Of course, pictures can’t always completely sum up an experience and how you feel about it. In those instances, how do you capture those memories? Why not use words? For example, it can be hard to get a picture of how someone makes you feel. Sometimes words are the only thing that can adequately express the deepest feelings of your heart.

At those times, let the words flow. You can write in a diary or journal. You could write a poem or a short story. You could even combine pictures and words in a scrapbook page that tells a story of what occurs in the pictures.

Today’s modern technology offers all sorts of other ways to capture memories. Many smartphones that can take pictures can also take videos. What’s better than a picture? Sometimes a bunch of pictures moving together captures an event more thoroughly than any single picture ever could.

If you attend a concert, a picture or mere words might not be able fully to capture the memories of what you heard. In those instances, an audio recording might be a more suitable memento. Some artists release live recordings of their concerts through their websites to allow concertgoers to experience their shows over and over again.

Pictures, videos, writings, audio recordings…these are all fantastic ways to capture memories. Sometimes, though, particular things can sum up memories more than these other ways. Mementos of an occasion can often be the best reminder of all.

Did you take a great family vacation to a beach where you were able to hunt for sharks’ teeth in the shallow waters off the coast? Pictures or videos might help you remember those good times, but a small jar full of the sharks’ teeth you collected might be the best reminder of all.

As you and your friends and family make new memories together, always give some thought to what things you want to remember. Think about how best to commemorate those times and go for it. Collect mementos, snap photos and videos, and write about your experiences. It may sound like work now, but solidifying memories in these ways is a labor of love when the memories are especially precious!

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  • How do you capture memories?
  • What types of memories can you capture?
  • How can modern technology help you capture memories?

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Ahh…memories! Aren’t they great? Make a few more today by trying out one or more of the following activities with a friend or family member:

  • Have you ever made a scrapbook page? Give it a try today! Jump online and check out Scrapbooking Projects for Kids to get a few ideas. Of course, you’re always welcome to come up with your own unique ideas, too. You’ll probably want a variety of supplies, such as photographs, stickers, paper, markers, glue, tape, scissors, and the like. You should focus your scrapbook page on one idea. It could be a person, an event, or a time period. The more focused your theme is, the easier it will be to put together an awesome scrapbook page that will help you capture those special memories related to your theme.
  • Photographs are a great way to capture memories. Take some time today to take some photos of the world around you. What should you capture? You decide! Some ideas might include your friends, your family members, your pets, nature, the weather, houses, cars, and the like. Whatever people or things seem to sum up your day, get a picture of them. You can use any kind of camera you want. When you’re finished, make a collage of your favorite pictures to tell a story about your day. You can either print out your photos and paste them onto paper, or you can use a photo editing website or smartphone app to create an electronic photo collage. Feel free to share your collage with friends and family members. You can even share it with your Wonder Friends by posting it to the Wonderopolis Facebook page. We can’t wait to see your story told in pictures!
  • Up for a challenge? Use modern technology to capture your memories of using Wonderopolis. Your creation can take many forms. The challenge is to try to incorporate as many different types of memories as possible. Can you create something that includes photographs, video, and your own written memories? How about a personal blog post? That would do the trick! Think about the story you want to tell and then put together a modern piece of technological work that really lets someone experience Wonderopolis in the same way that you do. Have fun capturing your memories and creating something special!

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In ReadWriteThink’s Creating Family Timelines: Graphing Family Memories and Significant Events lesson, students interview family members, and then create graphic family timelines based on important and memorable family events.

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