Making memory books in Pre-K

My students made the sweetest Memory Books and I wish I could have shared them earlier but time just got away.

The children began their memory books a few weeks before our last full day of school. I purchased hard bound blank books but I think any kind of blank book would work just as well.

The children started by painting just the cover of their blank books with watercolor paints then we set them aside to dry.

A few days later, the children then glued a photo of their own self on the cover of their book…

And then they glued a photo of each child in the class inside each page of their book.

The next week, and on our very last day of school, each child was given his or her book and invited to let the other children find the page with their picture and either draw a picture or sign their name. The only rule was that “you can’t draw on the pictures or draw silly in someone else’s book because every book is special.” The children were SOOOO excited about their books and so thoughtful about the process, that I probably didn’t need to make any rules but just in case.

Oh, I almost forgot to say that we had been talking about memories all through the morning before we started signing our books. We had a “memory stone” that the children passed around the circle and as they each got a turn to hold the stone, they shared something that they remembered about their year in Pre-K.

Some of their memories were sweet, some were silly, and some had nothing to do with Pre-K! But we loved sharing and listening to each other’s memories no matter where they came from.

After sharing our memories, the children were off to play in centers and to sign each other’s memory books.

I was worried that the children would get tired of signing their names or decide that it wasn’t fun but I didn’t need to worry. The children spent all morning signing names, sharing photos, and laughing and talking to each other about their photos.

It was actually quite incredible watching the children take their time to write their names over and over again without complaint! It was just pure joy all around.

I also worried that the children wouldn’t understand the process of signing the books but once again, I didn’t need to worry. They totally got it!

The children took their books home at the end of the day and were so excited to share them with the parents too. The only thing I forgot to do was sign the books myself! Hey – come to think of it – no body asked me to sign their book. Ha!

Aren’t these books just amazing? I think they are and these children are too!

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By |2018-11-02T10:57:24+00:00May 24th, 2017|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Belinda May 30, 2017 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    I love this idea for next year when my students move onto kindergarten. Where did you purchase your books?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 31, 2017 at 1:18 am - Reply

      I get mine from my local United Arts and Supply but I also have found blank books on Amazon.

  2. Montessori Play School June 13, 2017 at 6:48 am - Reply

    That’s a splendid idea of engaging children with their memory and creative thoughts. Love to do that here. Thank for it.!

  3. Genevieve July 17, 2017 at 11:44 am - Reply

    This is a great idea! As a child ( a long time ago) I used to exchange poetry books ( same concept but we were older and were able to write and illustrate a poem) with my classmates. It made great and long lasting memories! My kids this year loved making books…Am keeping this idea for next year!

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  5. Kathy July 26, 2017 at 9:23 am - Reply

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Chris August 15, 2017 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Ooh, I love this idea and every part of the process, Deborah! From the self-designed cover to the memory rock circle to the signing and drawing…what a special way to celebrate the year and the friendships!

  7. Janney Marin August 30, 2017 at 3:21 am - Reply

    Thanks for the share. They had a similar thing going on at my son’s preschool, here in New York, where they had to make a scrapbook sort of collection of their photos from the school events over the previous session. It was really fun watching my son so excited about presenting his creation in front of his peers and was a fitting end to the school year.

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