Child Art Savers

With the end of the school year literally just around the corner, my biggest fear isn’t what will I do with the kids all summer to keep them entertained but more of ‘what am I going to do with all artwork and drawings that my kids did from September to June’ kind of thinking.

I want to keep every single last doodle and masterpiece but then I start hyperventilating at the thought of my house turning into a candidate for that hoarding TV show.  You get the picture.

So last June with some help of scanning Pinterest boards I came across three four great solutions for the seemingly endless supply of children’s art that comes through the front door.

Solution 1: 

Pick 5-10 extended family members (that don’t live with you) and have your child pick out an art piece for each person. Then write your child’s name on the back with the year and mail out the art piece. It’s a great, unexpected gift and it will give family members a chance to see what your budding Van Gough did over the course of the year.

Solution 2: 

Take a picture of each art piece with your camera of choice and then load them on to your computer and file under the school year and your child’s name. This way anytime you or your child want to check out what they did at school – it’s just a click away. (Recycle the art pieces you don’t want and then keep a few for mementos). 

Solution 3:

Become friends with a three-hole punch and a lot of binders. Store all the art pieces in a labeled binder for each corresponding grade and store away in boxes until the child is ready to leave home.

Solution 4:

If you’re all about the Apps I suggest checking out ARTKIVE (from The Kive Company).  I discovered it last year and I love it.

You take a picture of your child’s artwork and it’s stored on the App and this way it doesn’t get mixed in with all the other day-to-day pictures you take on your iPhone.

The App attaches a “plaque” at the bottom of each image that shows which child created the artwork, what grade they are/were in, the date created, and a title…just like you’d see next to art in a gallery.

Plus the App even gives you the option to share the pictures via email and social media platforms plus it can even turn your child’s artwork into a book. Most parents don’t have the time so it never gets done. With Artkive, it will be almost as easy as pushing a button and makes great gifts.

But the best part ARTKIVE means storing all of your child’s artwork easily and without clutter…and cue sighs of relief from parents everywhere.

Mom to two imaginative, active, never get tired, amazing kids. Wife to Majic 100 morning show host and Ottawa Senators PA announcer, Stuntman Stu.

  • ashley p

    I thought about taking pictures, but it just isn’t the same as the real thing.I weed through them all monthly and keep the “important” ones in an accordian file along with report cards, certificates and the like.

  • MyTwoCents

    I love the ideas! I’ve just been piling them in the drawer trying to figure out what to do with them!