Capturing Primary School Memories

Capturing Primary School Memories

What do you do with all that stuff your children bring home from primary school?

After decluttering your home you are often left with many items that belong to your children that you don't know what to do with.  The memories associated with them seem too precious to allow you to throw them away, yet you realise that you can't keep everything.  Rachel Hutchinson from Patch has kindly agreed to write a guest blog about capturing primary school memories:

Hi, I’m Rachel from Patch.  I’m usually found sewing the memories captured in clothes and photos back into people’s everyday lives.  It’s amazing how quickly our precious memories can become forgotten or lost in our throw-away society.  So it’s my job to make sure some of the most precious ones are captured for you to re-live or share them with friends and family.

It’s that time of year when we start thinking about end of school disco’s, school fairs and long summer holidays.  But what about the primary school memories – holding hands on the walk to school, kisses at the school gate, hugs as they run to you after school, where will they all end up?  Probably forgotten, or remembered for a fleeting moment whenever you unearth a textbook, uniform, or badge from the back of a drawer or cupboard.  What if those memories and feelings could be captured for you and your children to look back on every day?  Well, I thought I’d dedicate this blog to capturing Primary School Memories – what should you keep and where.


Let’s face it, most Primary School children are quite prolific in the production of artwork, and with the best will in the world, it’s impossible to keep it all, so what can you do with it?

Keep some key bits to display in nice frames.

Put others in a memory box – a large, lidded box for each child, stored on a wardrobe or in a cupboard, is an ideal place to slip memorabilia.

Scan or photograph the ones that are flat paintings or drawings and store in a file under each child’s name.


These seem to mount up in our house, so now I’ve decided to keep one from each year in my children’s memory boxes, so they can compare their handwriting, type of work they did etc as the years go by.


Achievement certificates are very important to children, but you can’t have them all stuck to the fridge or wall, so how about:

Scan or photograph them.

Stick in a book.

Make into an artwork collage – this could be a rainy day activity for the school holidays.

Put the key ones in a memory box.


Some schools give out badges for exceptional work, head boy and girl, eco monitor etc.  Instead of throwing these away, why not buy a box frame and make a piece of artwork out of them, or pin them to a cushion.


By the end of the school year most of my son’s school uniform is only fit for the bin, but if you have some pieces that are in an okay condition, why not:

Pass it on to a friend or relative with children at the same school, or give it to the school to use at times when accidents happen and a change of clothes is required.

Send it to me and I’ll make a memory cushion from it!  Moving on to High School is a big thing and having a Primary School memory cushion gives children something secure to come back to at the end of the day.  These can incorporate 1st and last day at school pictures, dates the child was at the school, and a list of the memorable things from school.  And it doesn’t just have to be limited to school uniform, clothes from other activities such as Brownies, Cubs and football teams could be incorporated too.

Remember, you can’t keep everything, but keeping a few of the best things will help your child to remember their Primary School days with fondness and will hopefully help them to move on to bigger and better things.  Good luck with your memory capturing, and remember to check out how I can help you at

Jane Fern