26 Jul, 2018
Over the past couple of months, I have written a few blogs relating to children and the fun of making artworks, constructions, and even musical instruments. These are activities they can enjoy after reading some of the stories in the book Reading Is Fun! Imagine That! And these stories aren’t just for children, because they provide fun for their par
ents as well. And here’s something else that can be fun for parents: after extensive research, I’ve compiled three creative ways for you to preserve the artworks your child creates.
One option is to think of your child’s creations as heirlooms. You may have special items you want to save such as your child’s favorite baby blanket, or a special stuffed toy, perhaps the little outfit your baby wore home from the hospital, or some of the first items your child played with or held when falling to sleep. You may also have some of their earliest artworks: the scribbles, or papers with colorful smears of paint. Each of these “original creations” might amaze and delight them someday, just to hold and see the beginnings of their earliest talents and realize how those talents have developed as they’ve grown.
Their art is unique. They represent your child’s developing thoughts as they move their crayons, pencils, markers, or paintbrushes across the paper, and realize the magic that happens. These are more than marks because their thoughts helped the wonders to happen. These are original creations, their own personal art that is unlike the works another child would make. Similar perhaps, but uniquely theirs. What appears on that paper is straight from their own minds, imaginations, and actions.
Children enter this world with an inherent curiosity to learn, explore, and discover. During pregnancy, they’ve been developing their bodies and minds with no way to express themselves. They learned to move themselves, but without the opportunity to hold or move THINGS. Once they leave that warm enclosure, there are opportunities to see, grasp, experience, and react. They can explore, touch, and respond to their new reality. And their adventure is just beginning!
Their artworks are silent thoughts and imagined things that can be remembered because they are right there on a paper that can be held, saved, remembered, and even displayed. Sharing and responding are important. For a child to see their marks appreciated, even displayed, is rewarding encouragement, and offers an opportunity to realize the value and pleasure of effort. So many lasting impressions can come from that first discovery.
There are three different, practical ways to preserve your child’s artworks that are more important than a box. It is possible to have their artworks turned into a book. Online services such as “Shuttefly” can create photo books at reasonable prices. You simply download the images on the website template, watch them fall into place, and click “Order.” Once you have the artwork on hand to select and store, you can save them or you may feel comfortable discarding the original works. The convenient factor is that all of the works are in one place for everyone to enjoy. Storing is easy, and although the original work is not available, the original need not be damaged or lost. The copies of the artworks are all saved in one place for everyone to enjoy.
Another option is “Change-O-Frame.” Just as it sounds, this picture frame allows you to display one artwork as long as you wish. Then you simply pop open the door of the frame, place a new picture over the previous one. You can keep adding new artworks on top of those that had been displayed. When the frame is full, you have a keepsake-type of storage frame that is filled with original art.
Wrapping paper: There are sure to be birthday parties and other occasions where your child will take a gift. This is an opportunity for your child to choose either an original paper artwork or a photocopy of a favorite artwork for wrapping the special gift, or the child may choose to create a new wrapping paper. This unique touch offers an extra and very personal touch to the gift, and could add a special surprise to the fun of giving and receiving presents.
Ruth A. RadmoreBack
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