My children are always developing their skills and creating artistic masterpieces. I love to look at them and see my children grown and learn, but the amount of masterpieces created is a little overwhelming, especially from 3 budding artists! So what’s a loving mother to do?
Here is what happens to these beautiful creations in our house:
- Masterpiece is shown to daddy and possibly taken with him to his office
- Masterpieces that don’t make the daddy cut are displayed in a designated area (ours is in the play room using the Ikea curtain wire and clips, which can be found on Amazon)
- Once the display is full my children sit on a chair surrounded by their masterpieces while I snap a photo
- Extra special masterpieces are saved for The Memory Box, not so special pieces go in the garbage (usually during quiet time)
- Photos taken of the child and masterpieces are printed and put either in their photo album or join the extra special masterpieces in the memory box
- Start over at #1
The Memory Box
This can take whatever form you want. Maybe a shoe box for each child that they decorate, or a large tote if you want to keep larger items (not just artwork) in the box as well. I just started using a portable file box. You can find these boxes in varying sizes and styles. Each child has their own file in the box for their masterpieces.
I keep our memory box tucked away somewhere to look at on special occasions. Looking back at their creations is a great way for them to visually see how they have grown and changed and what they have accomplished. Looking back also brings fond memories and can re-teach lessons already learned.