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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

WFMW: Saving kid's artwork

Today's Work for Me Wednesday is being held by Chilihead while Shannon is away in Uganda. In Chilihead's honor, I'm going to tell you how to save your kid's best artwork in an easy-to-store container.

When my kids were small, the Girl was very prolific with the artwork. The Boy, not so much. They're so gender-specific, those two. I would keep her artwork in a big pile, and every year at the end of the year, we would go through it together and choose a dozen things that she wanted to save 'forever'. I would roll up those works of art and slide them into a poster tube, date the outside of the tube, and place it on the shelf of her closet. She could, if she wanted to, easily get her art work down to look at it and show it off, and then roll it back up and slide it into the right tube. All of her artwork through middle school was neatly organized and took up only a fraction of storage space.

The tubes we use are 4" diameter tubes, and they're 36" long. They easily hold a dozen flat pieces of paper rolled up, and you can also store small ceramics and other 3-dimensional pieces that your child has made.

This has really worked well for us!

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Blogger Annikke said...

What an awesome idea... thanks for sharing!

13/2/08 12:22 PM  
Blogger Daisy said...

Great idea! When my daughter, the prolific artist, was young, I sent her work to her grandparents. They hung it on the wall and enjoyed it until it fell apart. By that time, they had new works on the wall and the refrigerator. I saved the best for us, though. Now she's an art minor, creating even more wonderful pieces.

13/2/08 3:29 PM  

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