Here’s a category that seems to have a life of its own. Depending on how creative you and your children are, you can accumulate from 1-5 pieces of kiddy art per day for each child. No mother wants to trash her child’s creation but then again not many moms have room for all that creativity. The key is balancing sensitivity and realism. You want to treasure your child’s creation but be realistic about how long to keep each piece. Here are some options:
Display it …
* on the refrigerator, but limit it to one creation per child. Make it like an art gallery that gets updated on a regular basis.
* on a cork board or bulletin board in the play area or a child’s bedroom.
* in a plastic box frame if it’s a really good drawing or painting.
* on a display shelf if it’s a sculpture or chunky piece of art.
* in a desk drawer if there’s no more room to display it.
* in a portfolio labeled with the child’s name and year.
* in a plastic container under their bed if there’s no other place.
* in a memory box if it’s a piece of art that was done a while ago but is “a keeper.”
* once it has had its time on display.
* after you have taken a picture of it
* if it’s a sculpture that has deteriorated or gone bad (like a macaroni necklace).
* if you have multiple versions of the same drawing, painting or art piece.
* after the child has decided they no longer like it or want it.
With September just around the corner, now is the time to set up your system for artwork done in the new school year. Go through all the old stuff you’ve already accumulated, and have those bins, corkboards or desk drawers ready for the new school year! Take heart, after 4th grade or so the volume of artwork slows down for most kids!