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 7 great ideas:
1. FIND THE DIAMONDS. Rather than keeping every single piece of
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 5 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
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 2nd grade artwork, one for
3rd grade artwork, and so on. Now, all the drawings, and any type of
artwork that lays 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 lay 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 won't
fit 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 accessible.
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 child to give to family members, encourage them to give
their creations away as special gifts to special people.
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