Our little artist, Brian (age 2)

Being creativity is a natural part of childhood. The most common route for children to express their creativity is through artwork. Artwork comes in various forms and can be paintings, drawings, sculptures and more.

Some of these pieces will become treasures you’ll hang on to for a lifetime. We have put away select pieces of the boys’ artwork made at daycare, school, and home and will present them when they have their own children.  Other pieces they’ll have to wait until I will them to them, I love them that much.

As the artwork becomes plentiful, it can be challenging to display it around the house without it taking over and becoming clutter. Here are some tips to show off your children’s artwork without losing your space or your mind.

    Create a Family Art Wall
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    Create a Family Art Wall

  • Choose one wall in the family room or kitchen to display your child’s artwork. If the artwork is drawings or paintings, consider using an inexpensive frame, painted in a neutral color,  for a more organized look.  As your child creates new artwork, place the newer item on top of the prior artwork. This will avoid throwing out any pieces of your child’s creativity. In time, there may be too much artwork to handle. At that time, you can sort out or pack away the older pieces of art – have your child help in this process.  It’s a great time to look at how he/she has grown and changed.  Or, designate a specific spot and add a bulletin board or clothesline and clothes pins for an ever changing display.
  • Artwork can be displayed in your child’s room. Hanging a clothesline is a good way to let your child decide what to display at any given time. Using clothespins will allow your child the ease of changing out artwork at his or her bequest.
  • Sculptures or woodworking projects can be displayed around the house in other ways. Wooden plaques can be hung up on the walls and also displayed on a shelf along with sculptures. The good thing is that the sculptures can be spaced out around the house or displayed on their very own shelf.
  • Select artwork can be displayed on the refrigerator. To keep your refrigerator from looking like an unorganized mess, choose one or two pictures each week to display before finding them a permanent home in a frame or other place in your house. You may ask your child to choose which one they would like displayed and allow them to change it out when they desire.

Expressing their creativity is important to a child. Even more important is when the child shares his/her artwork with family and friends. Be proud of your children and encourage their creative juices by displaying their artwork around the house.