Little Picassos

I wrote in a previous post about kids’ creativity and doing arts and crafts with them. Just today my son came home with a bunch of folded up sheets of paper in his school bag. He is just learning to draw faces and every picture he brings home is a picture of “Mama” or “Papa” or something that remotely resembles same. The school he goes to make a great effort to share his creative efforts with us as parents. And I do appreciate that. I really do. Today I remembered something that happened a few weeks back. He came home from school, I opened his bag, took out the crumpled up sheets up paper, had a quick glance at them and proceeded to walk towards the bin. To throw them out. I do that sometimes. (Don’t judge.) Because I can’t keep all of them…… It was indeed a very awkward moment when later in the day he presented me with the drawing he had managed to salvage from the bin and on his face was a big question mark asking “How in the name of God did that get there!” (Bad mother. Lesson learned: Bury them deeper in the bin!)

That incident brought back a memory. I remembered when I was little feeling terribly upset when I found my drawings in the little paper basket on top of my mum’s desk. Surely it got there by accident. It must have. She would never throw away my masterpiece.….. Well, she did and now I am that mum. I felt a bit disappointed and a saying that I had once read sprung to mind.

“When a child gives you a gift, even if it is a rock they just picked up, exude gratitude. It may be the only thing they have to give, and they have chosen to give it to you.”

Isn’t that just beautiful? And so true. It made me look differently at every crumpled up piece of paper, every scribble, flower, leaf, and piece of art I am handed by my children. They made it for me! I now make a conscious effort to praise them for their thoughtfulness, their efforts and creativity. We chat about the pictures they draw (sometimes to find out what the heck it is supposed to be!)

Positive affirmation is key in raising our children to be confident little people now, confident big people in the future and teaching them to take pride in their accomplishments. It all starts with that little scribble on a piece of paper. In honour of that I incorporated a little art display into our kitchen so that all the nice pieces of art they make can be displayed for them and for everyone to see and appreciate. (The ones unworthy of keeping still go in the bin. See above for Lesson learnt)

An Art Display is a great idea, it looks great and the display is updated frequently and changes with each season or time of year. The Christmas display looked especially beautiful.IMG_0010

It is super easy to make:

Two Curtain wires from IKEA (here) and a wall decal from Etsy (here).

Check it out.

What do you think?

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14 thoughts on “Little Picassos

  1. That it a fantastic idea! I’m the mom that keeps everything and have a huge suitcase to prove it! I had a similar experience as a child and remembered how I felt when I found one of my ‘treasured pieces’ carelessly thrown in the bin. It is insane to try and keep everything the Munchkins do so, perhaps a few special pics can be kept…#bigpinklink

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  2. That is a lovely way to display their work!! And it is so important to always bear in mind that to them, the littlest things are the biggest things. My youngest currently has no interest in drawing/scribbling or anything like that, he’s just too young at the moment. But the eldest has just started nursery 1 and 1/2 days a week, and this is the first time he has been into anything particularly creative, so at the moment I’m treasuring everything he brings home for me! I’m not quite at the stage where I’m so overloaded by it that I need to get rid of some of it. I will bear what you have said in mind though, when that day comes! An important lesson to keep in mind. Thanks so much for sharing with #bigpinklink.

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  3. This is so very nice! I love the simplicity if the hanging picture wall. I know exactly how you feel and I have also heard this famous quote too. I too now have mountains of his drawings on top of his cupboard…. I secretly now bin the ones that I can not make out what it was. I don’t think he has noticed it yet. Finger crossed! 🙂 Thank you so much for linking with us on #FabFridayPost

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  4. This is so beautiful and such a lovely way of displaying artwork – love the writing on the wall – I wish I’d found that when mine were small – just perfect #BigPinkLink

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  5. Oh dear, I’m also guilty of throwing away drawings and pieces of craft. I’ve been rumbled a couple of times by the kids finding their pictures in the recycling drawer. I love that display, it looks great. Although after my recent post about attempting arts and crafts, I’m not sure I’ll be displaying anything for a while! #BigPinkLink

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  6. Everything goes on our kitchen wall to cover up the horrible tiles (our flat is rented) but I do ‘refine’ the collection every now and again! I love the wall sticker and wire ideax #fartglitter

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  7. That’s a brilliant idea. I already plan to have some sort of dedicated area to contain the artwork – and make a feature of it. The sticker is a great touch. Just need to persuade hubby now that crazy kiddy drawings should be treasured. I’m sure he’ll feel differently once Pea is here and decides to share his masterpiece with him! #fartglitter

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  8. This is fab! Looks absolutely brilliant. I’m going to be stealing this idea I think!! I keep way too much. We have boxes and boxes of stuff going back to nursery. It’s plain ridiculous. And now at school they have started giving them the contents of the recycling box to stick together and they bring that home too, soon we will drowning in it all!! 😀 Thanks for linking up with us. #bigpinklink

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  9. Great idea! I’m not sure that my fridge can take the weight of the 7000 magnets that I have holding many “masterpieces” in place at the moment? I was told one tip once which really stuck with me. My instinct when handed a piece of paper with some scribble all over it was to say “Oh how lovely! What is it?” I had it pointed out to me that to a little person it is blatantly obvious what it is, and if we can’t see that it is a dinosaur on a deckchair feeding the ducks, well then why the hell should they bother drawing for us at all? I now say “Oh how lovely, tell me all about it”. This seems to appease Miss Tot (for now anyway). Love the masterpiece wall art. I may have to invest! Thanks for sharing with #FartGlitter x

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  10. Yes, I heard that thing about accepting small children’s random gifts many years ago, long before I had kids, and have never forgotten it. I also got very upset as a child if my mum threw out any of my art. Fortunately, I am a real sentimental hoarder anyway! Love your idea for displaying it all though! #fartglitter

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