Memory boxes are a great tool to get kids thinking critically about what is important and meaningful to them. Start with a shoe box or a cigar box and encourage brainstorming around meaningful objects.
The inside of the box can be decorated in a variety of ways. I like the idea of using a map – of one’s hometown, of a favorite vacation spot, etc… Encourage brainstorming around what meaningful objects could be put into the box. Small gifts or cards or letters can symbolize relatives and friends; favorite animals can be represented with miniatures, as can bicycles, skateboards, and pretty much anything else. Have kids include natural items – stones, leaves, sticks – from favorite outdoor spots. There’s no limit to the possibilities!