Turn Your Child’s Art Into Memories This Year


It’s a new year and for a lot of us (especially those of you with young children), it’s time to tidy up, put away decorations, and get organized. But with the Christmas season barely behind us, your home is probably still filled with the delightful artwork your little ones created at home and at school.

If you missed the article I wrote a few months ago about ways to preserve your child’s art, read this: http://readingisfunimaginethat.com/2018/07/26/3-unique-ways-to-save-your-childs-art/

Preserving art is a beautiful thing that parents like to do as reminders of how their children’s creative minds change as the years go by. Scribbles turn into stick figures, and somewhere along the way those stick figures become shapely, recognizable faces, shapes, and places that exist only in imaginations. Hanging onto that creative evolution provides joyful memories to recall as the children grow.

But now that the holidays are over and the reindeer, snowman, and Christmas tree art is ready to be packed away, I’d love to offer some ideas for turning art into memories this year!

  • Make a memory box: Once a week, talk to your child about something that made them happy that day or sometime earlier in the week and have them draw a picture to remind them of that memory. If you do this every week, you’ll have more than 50 pieces of paper to open at the end of 2019 — all with your child’s drawings (even better if they write a sentence or two about their art!) A couple of ideas for keepsake boxes to store the art in include a shoebox or or a “piggy bank box” (found on page 22 of Reading Is Fun! Imagine That! — minus the coins, of course!)
  • Create a dream box: Children dream big. They imagine what they’re going to be when they grow up. They think about it, write about it, and draw about it. So why not have them write their dreams down on paper, illustrate them, and save them in a dream box. Even better, my story-poem in Reading Is Fun! Imagine That! has a coinciding poem titled “My Future” that you can read together before making the box. It begins:

“I wonder where I’ll be someday, what are the things I’ll do?”

And who will be the friends I have? I think about that, too.

Where will I live, and work, and play? Will I still ride a bike?

How will the world have changed by then, and what will it be like?”

  • Make a wish box: In my story-poem titled “My Wishes,” which I wrote about here (https://bit.ly/2LRXIAv), I talk about the importance of children realizing just how special they are without always wishing that they were someone or something else. I invite you to read this story-poem from Reading Is Fun! Imagine That! and have your child write about and/or illustrate things s/he wishes for, or that they already have or do that they enjoy!

Happy New Year,

Ruth A. Radmore





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