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You guys, I have the best problem ever. My walls are overflowing with my kids artwork!
I created “The Gallery” pretty much the same day Squeaks scribbled on her first piece of paper. Since before I was a mom I knew I would have creative kids. It was one of those things that just had to be. I thrive on creativity. If a few days go by when I don’t get to do something creative I start to get a bit twitchy. So I’ve always imagined my children joining me in art projects and enjoying the process together.
Now I understand creative people can have non-creative kids. It happens. But thankfully not to me. Yay! So when Squeaks shows interest in coloring, drawing, or painting I’m all for it. “Every child is an artist.” I found this Picasso quote years ago and I’ve loved it ever since. It’s so true and I’m a firm believer in fostering creativity. I’m sure I get that from my mother who was forever enrolling my brother and I in art, painting, music, and dance classes. She’d drive an hour to take my brother to drawing lessons and even managed to take me to art classes quite often in her years as a single mom. It wasn’t forced. Thankfully, much to my mothers joy, God blessed her with creative kids too.
There are so many great benefits to kids doing art. Aside from promoting creativity, it also promotes individualism, problem solving, and a connection to others. Their artwork is all their own, they must choose how to create, and then share it with others. Or if they create alongside others it can form a sense of community. I love watching Squeaks and Little Dude give each other pointers and comment on the progress of their projects. Plus, art develops neural connections through the senses of sight, smell, touch, sound, and depending on the project, even taste. Fine motor skills and pre-writing skills are also benefited. So hand those kiddos a paintbrush!
Our gallery wall is one of my favorite spots in our home. It was easy to set up and brings me lots of joy. Now isn’t that just a win win! I love seeing how proud Squeaks and Little Dude are when I add their newest creation to our wall. It adds excitement for them to create more. We’re always looking for a new fun thing to paint or draw, different mediums, and tools to use. For example, that cute painting full of hearts at the bottom of the gallery was created using a folded paper towel roll as a stamp. Fun!
To create this gallery wall you’ll need:
This super cute little sign with the Picasso quote. Free for you to enjoy!
Here’s the thing about these clips, they’re made to hold a single photo. That’s just fine if you plan on hanging one picture at a time but with the amount of art these kids produce, I had to make a modification to their design. The clips come with a push-pin that sticks into the wall which I love because it leaves a very small hole. But then the clip attaches with a little adhesive strip. I hang up to five pictures on a single clip before sorting through them. That little adhesive strip isn’t gonna cut it. So I peeled off the adhesive stickers (takes a little work) and mounted the clip to the push-pin using this industrial strength adhesive. Might be a tad overkill but those suckers will never fall off.
In my search for fun ways to display the kids creations I came across a few other ideas that are pretty clever.
Adree from The Keele Deal incorporated her kids artwork into her family command center using clipboards. Can you say organized?!
Cristy from Happy Family Blog made a super cool display wall using empty frames. So clever!
Rebecca from Simple As That did this awesome tutorial on photographing your kids artwork to frame it.