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September 24th, 2012 at 5:00 am

What To Do With Kids’ Artwork

Do you have the same problem I do – endless piles of artwork on your kitchen table  and plastering the fridge?  When we do toss them, we push them way down deep in the garbage so the kids don’t discover that we actually threw their precious art away. We can’t keep them all– I try to keep as many as I can – but what do we do with the ones that are leftover?

Send some on to Grandparents and Aunts and Uncles.

Grandparents would love to receive a special picture from their grandchildren in the mail.

Make it into a book.

Take the actual items and bind them together with string. Or better yet, take pictures of the  items and make a photo book. This would make a great gift for the grandparents,too.


Whether it be on a bulletin board or frame and hung, your child can beam with pride at their creations gracing the walls.

Throw It Out

Have your kids learn that sometimes it is okay to throw things out. Have them choose their  favorites. This is a valuable lesson that even as adults some of us struggle with.

I know I struggle with mommy guilt all the time regarding this, but there has to be limits, right? I know what my next item to do is… go through the laundry basket of art I’ve been saving.


Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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September 3rd, 2012 at 7:58 am

A Flower for Grandparents Day

A little less than a week away is Grandparents Day. It always falls on the first Sunday after Labor Day. I typically don’t make a big deal about Grandparents day, although I do think it is a good reason for my kids to recognize their grandparents. The boys adore their Grandma and Grandpa and LOVE to have a reason to make them something special. I’ve had photo books made, stepping stones, special pictures and more, but we’ve never done an art project. At the end of the last school year I framed and hung several of my kids art projects and received so many compliments, so I knew something like this was what I wanted to do for Grandparents day.

I also wanted the boys to incorporate their hand into the piece, so a flower was born! This allowed the boys to get messy and play with paint! (How can they not love that) All I did was first paint the boys hands their favorite colors. We pressed them down carefully on the page and the blossom was born. The boys then went to town painting stems, leaves and grass. Ian loved that his red hand had an empty spot and looked like a heart. Our activity even ended up being educational. Our green paint was all dried up so we needed to mix up some yellow and blue. Plus, I smiled when I poured the blue and my five year old told me it was a primary color. (He is learning something in school)

Once the project was dried, I framed it and made it ready to hang. The boys worked on a card and we will wrap it with a simple bow. I am still debating wether I like the frame the way it is or if I want to spray paint the frame another color. Hmmmm, I have a couple days to decide that.

I think this project turned out adorable and was made with things I had around the house. We used leftover paints and an old frame. Something I know the Grandparents will treasure for years and display in their house that came from the heart. It doesn’t take a lot to warm a Grandparents heart!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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