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Sunday, January 30, 2011

What do you do with your kids' artwork? Have an art show!

Lil B's first preschool art
TODAYMoms asked the question: What do you do with your kids' artwork? With a child in preschool, I'm facing this dilemma as we speak.

Back in June, my son started a new daycare/preschool program and I was told that he'd bring home artwork each day. Part of me didn't believe this but lo and behold, he did start bringing home something each day. And I started saving everything and ended up with a very large stack in his closet.

The little learning books they make, I put on his nightstand and we use them as "books" to review colors, shapes, letters and numbers.

At Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, I used them as decorations around the house. It was a nice personal touch and I packed those items away in the bins for next year.

Just recently, my son has decided to be stubborn and not take part in craft time during preschool time. Oh yea, the terrible twos HAVE BEGUN! Yes, my son is only 32 months old and yes, that might be a little young for preschool so he has days/weeks when he just doesn't want to do it. He's two! The preschool teachers feel bad for me when there are days like this.

As part of my New Year's resolutions I made it one of my goals to do one crafty project a month, so this month I decided to make an "art show" in my son's room to get him motivated to participate in craft time at school.
Lil B's rotating art show
What do you need? clothes pins or clips, yarn, ribbon or some sort of string, thumbtacks. Easy enough for the uncrafty types like me. I promise next month I will dazzle you with my crafty skills (I have the stuff for glitter shoes -- just have to do it).

What do you do with your kids' artwork? I want to know.
I think he likes it!

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