an old friend of mine who is up to his ears in children (twins + newborn) recently tweeted Bneato a question along with this twitpic; Ok @Bneato, what do I do with all my kids’ school projects and artwork?
1. with kids artwork, it’s so important to set a boundary and stick to it. maybe one pizza box is the fixed amount that will represent one year of your kid’s crafts (maybe it will be less). determine how much room you have to store artwork and that will be your guide. either way, you’ll want to include the kids in the process. have them help determine which ones they’ll keep and which ones don’t make the cut. this way, you’re getting them into the habit of making decisions that will benefit them throughout their lives.
2. scan in the artwork and make a book. again, maybe one book equals one year of artwork. you might also get away with not printing a book and keeping it in a digital format that can be shared with family members far away.
3. i blogged about this idea before and it’s one that bears repeating. this is the work of designer, jan elini. all you have to do is send in your kids doodles and jan + team will curate and process each piece into a framed work of art. this way, you save tons of room by keeping your kids artwork off surfaces and cabinets while on display for all to enjoy.
4. create an art wall of this years favorite pieces which the kids will love to see on prominent display. make it a yearly tradition to rotate new art in and old art out (challenging the kids to keep their top 3 faves).