Somehow even though W is only 3, he has accumulated a lot of artwork. Some of it has turned up from trips to the library, but the majority of it are projects we’ve work on at home. The point is, though, there’s way too much of it to display on the fridge. It was starting to pile up. So I came up with a solution!
If you have this problem as well, consider making an ART BINDER; a neat way to store your child’s artwork that doesn’t take up a lot of space. It’s also an opportunity for your child to get creative by personalizing their binder according to their interests.
All you need is a 3-ring binder and some page protectors.
Oh, and you’ll need some stickers to decorate the outside. That’s the fun part! W loves stickers anyway, so it was a fun activity for him to decorate the outside of the binder. He picked out frog and reptile stickers, and I picked out some letter stickers to spell out his name on the side. It turned out great – really colorful!
Another option for personalizing the outside would be to select a favorite piece of artwork to display on the outside. Just be sure to purchase a 3 ring binder with the clear overlay on the outside to slide into which you would slide the artwork. You could also consider painting the outside, but I’m not sure how well that would hold up to wear and tear.
W’s binder is already pretty full, so we may have to consider making another in the future, especially once he starts school. Oh goodness, he may end up with 4 or 5 binders down the road, which means I’ll probably end up with 4 or 5 binders of artwork when he’s grown and moved out. But that’s okay! It will all be organized, and that will make it easy for me to look through and reminisce.
I hope you find this idea as useful as I have. It’s definitely saved me some sanity when it came to figuring out where to put all the drawings/paintings that were taking over the fridge. W enjoys looking through it and admiring his handiwork. I’m sure your child will too!