One way to reduce the amount of artwork that you should save for your child is to photograph it or scan it. When you take a picture of that new masterpiece, make sure your child is often in the photo too.
Lane goes to a small class once a week, and when I pick her up she always has a new piece of artwork to bring home. I keep a camera in my purse, and I take a picture of her right there, when she is most excited to show me what she has made.
This way, even if we’re trailing cotton balls all the way to the car, I know I’ve already taken care of it.
Because even though I’ll ooh and ahh over the picture, what I really love is her.
Some pieces of art are scanned so that we can see the details. If something has a story to go with it, I write it for her along the edge of the page, so that we’ll remember it later. I write the date, too.
Special pictures are saved in a folder — a portfolio, as Renee from FIMBY calls it. I love that.
And we don’t save everything of course, just the ones we like the best.