Children love to do arts and crafts; in my house its definitely a favorite pass time--the messier the better! Even my older kids can really get into it and get their hands dirty-literally. Arts and crafts is a way for them to express themselves and to use their imagination. Nothing beats it when my 4yo brings her "masterpieces" to me, beaming with pride and says she made it just for me.
As the stack of their artwork piles up, you wonder what you’re going to do with it; you don’t want to throw it out, and you don’t want to shove it in a box somewhere, and the fridge can only hold so much! So what do you do? Display the artwork in your home décor.
Children’s artwork can be displayed in many different ways; you can hang it in their art room, if you don’t have one, converting a closet into an art room be done easily.
How do you choose which piece to use? You don’t; let your child or children pick their own pieces. Once they have chosen the perfect piece, frame it. Your local dollar store has colorful picture frames cheap.
Frame your children’s artwork and hang it on the walls of their room, you can make a collage of their work and make it the focal point his or her room. You can also transfer the artwork onto fabric and make pillow cases and decorative throw pillow covers.
You can also use the framed artwork around the house; if your child creates artwork that is related to food or the kitchen, hang the piece in the kitchen; if the artwork is family related hang their artwork with family pictures or on the mantel. Your children will be elated to see their artwork hanging all over the house.
Technology today is incredible; with it, you can do things you never thought of before. You can take your children’s artwork, blow it up to whatever size you want and have it transferred to canvas to create a statement piece.
You can even transfer it to kitchen towels so they can see how much you appreciate their efforts.
An inexpensive way to display the art work is to install a corkboard and use colorful push pins to hang it up. Another innovative idea to use a stack of artwork is to create an art book; you can create a book using poster board and ribbons. You can add several pieces of artwork, and as they create more, you can add more pages.
Another ‘out of the box’ idea is to create magnets with your children’s artwork. It’s inexpensive and easy to do; you can buy any sized magnet in home improvement stores, arts and craft stores and on the Internet. You can have your children help you, sort an art project within an art project!
Imagination is very important for the development of cognitive and social skills. By stimulating your children’s imagination, you are helping them to develop skills that they will use throughout their lives.