I think most mums struggle with what to do with all the artwork, creations, buildings and craft that comes home from Childcare, Kinder and/or School.
And while all of it is "beautiful" and we love seeing what our kids have created and how far they have come in their artwork, it just gets too much to hold on to every single piece every year.
My good friend gave me a brilliant suggestion in my first year of having my son in childcare and now I am going to share it with you all.
Gather all your child's artwork and place it in a cardboard box. Throughout the year, add artwork to the box as you receive it from your child's educational service.
It's up to you how many times you want to do this, but I suggest maybe twice a year and make sure it is when your child isn't there to watch you.
Collect all the artwork together and grab your camera.
Clear a place in some good natural light, (e.g. the kitchen table, on the floor in front of a window), lay out the artwork one by one and take a photo of each piece.
This is also your opportunity to cull. Keep a few special pieces that you really love and place them in a treasure box, but send the others to the recycle bin (once you have photographed it), making sure that they are hidden under some milk bottles, cardboard boxes or other household recycling.
Once the year is over and all the artwork is collected, ensure each piece has been photographed.
Once you have all your "Artwork Photographs" you can now make them into a Photobook through your favourite photobook supplier. Photo Deals, Harvey Norman and Snapfish are just a few that you can easily create a photobook with.
Instead of having boxes and boxes of Artwork, you will have a small thin photobook for each year and a fantastic record of their creative minds and artistic talents.
It's a much better way to keep those treasured memories of your child's childhood and their early education.
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