With school now back in session, the drawings, paintings and artwork will soon be pouring in. There are only so many places you can hang it up. When the fridge is out of space as well as the bulletin board, what are you going to do? (Besides trying to throw it away when the kids aren’t looking.)
Last year we put together a fun and simple way to store and preserve both the kids artwork and projects that come home from school. If was something one of our friends was doing in their home and we loved the idea. There is minimal investment because you only need a few items to put it together. And it’s actually a fun project for the kids to do all on their own!
– Hardcover 3 Ring Binder (at least 2 inches or bigger)
– Protective Sleeves for Binders (you can find these at a dollar store. They usually have 10 or 20 in a pack)
– Large Alphabet Stickers
– Stickers for Decoration
1. Give each child a binder and alphabet stickers. Get them to use the stickers to spell their name and the school year they are in, (i.e. preschool, kindergarten, grade 2.) If they can’t spell yet, write it down on a piece of paper for them so they can use it as a guide.
*make sure to get hard cover binders. We got these pretty, soft ones last year and even though they looked nice, the stickers kept coming off and the binder wouldn’t stay open unless we were holding it down which made it difficult for the kids to put their artwork in.
2. Then give them a big variety of stickers and let them decorate the front, back and even the inside! It’ll be a fun activity for them and it’ll give you a chance to use all those stickers you have accumulated.
3. When the kids are finished, put the protective sleeves inside the binder. Then when when the papers start coming in from school, you are ready. Once the kids show it to you, give them the binder and let them put the artwork inside the sleeves. It gives them something they are responsible to do while you Save and Store Your Child’s Art Work. And every few months, it’s fun to go through and look at all the pages.
This can be an annual tradition and activity to do with the kids right before back-to-school starts!