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Kids Artwork

Posted on 18 July 2010

Storing your Kids Artwork.

Preserving Your Children’s School Projects

The end of the school year is in sight. Now comes one of the hardest things a parent can face… organizing your children’s precious projects, reports and artwork that have collected throughout the year.

These adorable treasures represent milestones in your children’s educational development, art talents and sophistication. They have tremendous sentimental value to the parents and the children who worked on them. A lot of thought and time went into these projects and it can be really painful to a child to see one of their creations tossed into the garbage. Yet there are so many booklets, magnets, coloring pages, paintings, reports, dioramas and more – how can you keep them all without becoming overloaded?

Here are five tips to help you preserve the projects in a fun and well-organized way:

1. Start a Scrapbook. You don’t have to be a super scrapbooker to make an album of your children’s artwork; just buy a 3-ring binder and some plastic sheet protectors. Put two pictures in back-to-back. Write the date on the back so you can look back in the future and see how your child’s skills have improved over time. If you enjoy scrapbooking, this can become a really nice activity to do with your children. Create an “Awesome Artwork Scrapbook” together and make frames and cute cut-outs to accent each piece of artwork you store there. This is an excellent rainy day activity!

2. Frame them! You can buy very inexpensive wooden frames of various sizes at Target or Wal-Mart. Find four of your daughter’s flower pictures and frame them in a series.

This will make an adorable and “haimish” (homey) decoration in her bedroom or in a playroom. Another way is to buy a few nice poster size frames and make a collage of pictures in the same theme. Save the Rosh Hashana, Chanukah, Purim and Pesach pictures and lay them out in the frame. It even looks cute without a theme. Put your son’s school picture in the middle of a 16 x 20 frame; make a background out of his artwork from that school year.

3. Save holiday-related items for the next year’s holidays. If your children made shofars, sukkah decorations, graggers or Pesach Hagaddas, you will want to save those for years to come. Put the hagaddas away with the Pesach things so you can see and use them at future sedars. Decorate your house with the Shofars at Rosh Hashana time, then put them away with your honey dishes and other holiday goods after the Yom Tov ends. Store the sukkah projects with your sukkah decorations and use them each year. Its really fun to look back at these items each year, and your kids will feel flattered that you saved them.

4. Take pictures. Not every project can be framed, scrapbooked or stored. A clay model of the Roman Coliseum or a diorama book report just can’t be saved for years and years. I would take a few pictures of these items and include them in the scrapbook, framed collage or even in the family photo album. This tip should make it easier to eventually throw the project out.

5. The box. If you still can’t decide how to store or whether to keep a project, put it in a “projects box” in the basement and check back every few months. Some items may be easier to throw away after a little time passes. Then try to put away the remaining items in one of the four above mentioned methods.

By the way, many children get upset when their projects get thrown away, so if you’re sure you want to throw some items away, try to do it when the child is asleep or at school to “preserve” the child’s feelings, too.

6. Put your kids artwork in blueprint tubes and mail them to grandparents. Grandparents love to see kids’ artwork and may enjoy the few pieces from your kids collection!

7. Turn the artwork into placemats. Laminate them and use them as placemats for eating or for making messy projects.

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