By request, here are some ideas on organizing your kids artwork. Little artists spring up quickly and then the amount of paper floating around the home is amazing for a time! Here are my ideas on organizing the pretty chaos:
1. A keepsake binder – Many years ago, I bought a large, zippered Spiderman binder to store the boys best & favourite work in. They each have a section and had a say in what was kept. Sometimes, as it got pretty full, I would ask them to remove a piece to add a piece as there was no room left. This worked well & is a really nice snapshot of their best work.
2. Packages for loved ones – Especially when the boys were in daycare, the sheer volume of art coming home was overwhelming. On a biweekly basis, I would put together a large envelope of recent artwork, and send it to close friends, aunts & uncles, grandparents. They loved getting it and I would give them my blessing to keep/discard/enjoy as they wished.
3. Display – my best display idea that the boys enjoyed was a large tackboard that we rotated regularly. Now, in my library design days, there are some more ideas that may work for you: one library hung a steel cable with brackets and clothespins across the front, which would also work with a laundry line. Another library used the drop ceiling tiles to paint on and put back up as an art display, it looked amazing. Lastly, I recently saw a library that created a series of shadow boxes and rotated local kids art – this is better for the 3D creations, be it Lego, play dough or clay.