As parents of an almost-three year old we are blessed to have a child that loves to both get dirty and clean up messes. We were such proud parents on Wednesday when Abby cleaned up her doctor kit before asking to play with her tea set, all without prompting.
Her at home painting routine involves picking out two colors and two brushes and getting on her smock in preparation. Painting involves the brushes for a few minutes, and almost always devolves into painting each hand and doing finger or hand painting before calling it quits. She always makes sure to grab her paint cups and brushes and brings them to the sink to spend almost as much time cleaning as she did painting. She will even "clean" other dishes if they are in the sink at the time. This has led to more than one instance of paint brushes being found later by turning on the garbage disposal, though. Working on a plan for that.
All of that is completely unrelated to what I wanted to share with this post. We get lots of artwork sent home from school and are never sure what to do with it. We decided early on this year that we will keep some of it, maybe three pieces a month, but most go right into the recycle bin after we ask Abby about it. I decided this morning to take some with me to work to hang up, and I thought I should go ahead and scan them to share since I had brought them.
Without further useless build-up -
My question for you other parents-of-little-ones is: What do you do with your child's art? Do you keep all of it? None of it? Where do you keep it?
I kind of want to come up with a regular way to display it in our next home. I don't mean frames, but I want to get out of trashing each one right away. Do you have a good idea for keeping them short term and deciding what to keep?