Waco Gem and Mineral Club, Waco, Tx

19.6 Making a Memory Box


19.6: Making a Memory Box

A memory box contains objects of special significance and sentimental value to serve as private reminders of treasured moments. Memory is fickle, and while we may think we‘ll remember a particular moment forever, it‘s surprising how quickly our frail brains forget details. Memory boxes store things neurons might someday lose, so encourage juniors to get a box and decorate it with things related to rocks and minerals and the moments spent with their senior member from any of the previous activities in this badge unit.

Memory boxes can be as simple or complex as imagination and budget allow. At the simplest level, it may consist of a shoe box containing pictures, letters, cards, and other precious objects. Or you can progress all the way to fancy oak shadow boxes with cubbies, shelves, and a glass front to hang on a wall. From shoebox to shadow box, here are a few ideas:

A simple, unadorned shoe box storing pictures, letters, cards, or objects.

That same shoebox, but with the outside painted or covered with wrapping paper that‘s been glued on and decorated with ornaments like stickers or plastic stick-on rhinestones. The top might be held shut with colored shoelaces, yarn, or ribbons.

A top-hinged box available from stores like Target. Some of these have little compartments on the lid to slide in a photo or a label.

Top-hinged wooden boxes available from craft stores like Michaels or Ben Franklin. The exterior might be painted with bright and colorful scenes or stained and lacquered, and the interior might be lined with felt.

A printer‘s tray from an antique store. However, these usually have very small and shallow compartments, limiting what they can hold.

A shadow box with cubbies and a glass top. These can be mounted on a wall or placed atop a shelf.

Here are a few ideas for materials to decorate the memory box:

Colorful markers and crayons.

Gift-wrapping paper.

Ribbons, yarn, and/or string.

Materials from the scrapbooking section of a crafts store.

Rubber stamps and ink.

Rock, mineral, and/or fossil pictures cut from rock and gem magazines.

Logos downloaded from your club and federation websites.

Most importantly, items from time spent with the senior member, including photos, any letters or notes exchanged, perhaps a mineral, crystal, or fossil the senior member gave the junior member, etc.

Once the memory box is complete, kids should share it with their senior member and junior leader, explaining why they‘ve chosen to include what they have.