Easy Ideas for Organizing Kids' Artwork
By Maria Gracia
In school, kids are encouraged
to create, draw, color, paint and build. These activities can
certainly stimulate children and help them grow.
Very often, these masterpieces
that your children create are brought home and proudly displayed.
But what do you do when all of the artwork begins to take over
your home? Here are seven great ideas:
1. FIND THE DIAMONDS.
Rather than keeping every single piece of artwork your child
creates, sit down with your child on a regular basis and ask
him to choose the one or two he likes best. By the end of the
year, you should have no more than five pieces of artwork that
your child believes to be his best pieces. This will help keep
the artwork under control, and will still give you an opportunity
to save his creations for future memories.
2. A PICTURE IS WORTH
A THOUSAND WORDS. Take photos of the artwork that your child
creates and keep these photos in a scrapbook. This way, even
if the artwork is discarded for space purposes, you'll still
have the memory!
3. KIDS' FILE STORAGE
BOX. Office supply stores carry portable file boxes that hold
hanging file folders. These generally have a cover and a handle
for easy portability. Help your child create her very own filing
system. Perhaps one file folder for second grade artwork, one
for third grade artwork, and so on. Now, all the drawings,
and any type of artwork that lies flat, will be kept safe and
organized. You'll even be teaching your child filing skills!
It's never too early!
4. KEEP IT CONTAINED.
For other artwork that does not lie flat, the perfect container
may be a large, plastic container with a lid. Your child
will have a space for shadowboxes and other artwork that
into a file folder. Again, be choosy. If you keep every single
piece of artwork your child brings home for the next 15 years,
your house is going to be overflowing with it.
5. HANG IT. Get your child
his very own artwork bulletin board so he can display his favorite
artwork in his bedroom. When organized on a nice cork board,
this really adds a nice touch to a child's room. Plus, your
child can very easily switch one piece of art with another.
6. SUPPLY MANIA. If your
child produces a lot of artwork at home, she probably has tons
of crayons, markers and other art supplies. Keep it all in
a portable box, light enough for your child to be able to transport
it from one room into the next. In addition, separate and organize
the supplies into separate Zip-lock baggies before putting
them in the box. This will keep everything organized and easily
7. THE PERFECT GIFT. Kids'
artwork makes the perfect gift for Grandma, Grandpa, Sister
Jane, Aunt Sue, Uncle Jim, and so on. Rather than buying gifts
for your children to give to family members, encourage them
to give away their creations as special gifts to special people.
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