This week you’re shooting photos of your little preschooler or kindergartner on the front steps, backpack slung over her shoulder on the first day of school.
Next week you’ll be wondering what to do with all the stuff she brings home.
One tempera-paint handprint becomes two, then 12, then 436. Then comes the parade of mixed media — pastel landscapes, construction-paper mosaics, magic-marker portraits, Play-Doh sculptures, pasta jewelry, papier-mache masks.
They’re adorable, I know. Each one a treasure. But children’s artwork quickly can take over the fridge, then the kitchen, then the whole house.
What’s a proud parent to do with it all? Here are some tips I’ve learned through the years, combined with cool stuff discovered recently on Pinterest, ParentHacks.com and elsewhere:
•Show it off.
Displaying your children’s artwork shows them how much you appreciate it, and itadds a touch of playful whimsy to any decor
. Have one or two of your favorite pieces professionally framed and hang them the way you would any other art. String a clothesline or an IKEA clip-and-wire system on a wall and
. Paint a portion of a wall with magnetic paint and use magnets to create a rotating gallery, or cover it with cork and use pins. Cover an entire wall in the garage or playroom with art.