If your kids are anything like mine it means that you have a drawer, tub, or box FULL of their artwork and it’s just getting bigger by the day.
Not only does it keep getting bigger, but your kids probably fight you tooth and nail when you try to throw some of them away.
So, what are you supposed to do?
Luckily, I’m here to give you the best Kid’s Art hack of your life!
Create picture art books! Seriously it’s that simple. Here’s an example.
Here’s how I do it.
Once I notice their art drawer is getting pretty full, we will sit down and go through the art 1 piece at a time. They get to decide if it’s a keep or toss. Usually, the toss ones are just scrap pieces of paper with a simple stick figure on it or random lines, not really an art piece.
Then we take all the keep art and I take pictures of them (using my phone) one at a time using a clean background. Once the picture is taken the art is thrown away. There’s no need to hold on to it since it’s going to be put in the picture book. Once in a while they will have a specific piece they can’t let go of and that’s ok with me.
After all the pictures are taken and I’ve edited them, so they’re clean, crisp, and bright I hop on over to the ‘Chatbooks’ app and create a flip book with all the pictures.
The size book we use is 6×6 with the rainbow softcover. Each book we order is a different color of the rainbow, and you all know I love me some color. This is an ongoing series so when I need to order another book I can just go in and add more photos and for every 60 photos I get a book.
I love the 6×6 size because it’s small enough for the kids to handle and won’t take up a lot of space since we will be adding to these about twice a year for each kid.
We love Chatbooks for this kind of series, but there are many photobook company options out there so feel free to explore and choose what you like best. Just keep in mind that you will be adding to this over the years so take that into consideration when you are contemplating size, style, and format.
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To control the art pile up between making books I suggest having 1 spot for each kid that they store their art. This will make going through them much easier. We didn’t do this last time and trying to figure out which girl drew what was kind of chaotic.
Now they each have their own drawer in our TV stand that they put their art in keeping them completely separated and saving my sanity for the next time.
I can’t suggest this art hack enough. I have found my kids time and time again grabbing their books and looking at their art. If we wouldn’t have done this their art would have gotten thrown away or put in a box completely forgotten about. Make your kids art lasting memories and create them some picture books.