If you're a parent, then you know how many papers, projects, and arts and crafts the kids bring home from school, church, etc. How many do you save? Where do you save them? How long do you hang them up on display? Do you finally, gasp, throw something away? It's a conundrum for sure.
One method I've employed over the years with their school work is the “good work” folders. They choose what goes in it. This way I've managed to condense a year of school into one manilla folder. They are treasures for sure.
The art though? I've saved most of it...just couldn't bear to part with it. Yes, serious pack-rat here. Sentimental pack-rat, which is the highest level of pack-ratness one can achieve, and you know I'm an over-achiever.
Every once in a while though, a treasure comes along which is so special that I'll never part with it.
The assignment was “Memory Jars” and the students were to bring in special things, from their earlier childhood, to create their masterpieces. This canning jar is so YellowBoy. On his jar of memories are nerf darts, lego pieces, a carabiner (his Amazing Aunt Risky taught him rock climbing – this isn't his real one, it's from a water bottle), lincoln logs, k'nex, the special Volvo keychain his Morfar (mother's father) gave him, and the last of the hot wheel cars he saved as his special ones when we gave away the collection during the kid-to-teen transition of his room.
His jar wouldn't be complete without one item he uses for many applications. Look at the top
That's a mostly used up duct tape roll around the rim of the jar.
Now that's totally YellowBoy.
What do you do with your kids art, papers, work, etc? Have any favorites to share?