Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Fritter loves to draw.  Everyday after rest time he picks up his trusty markers, gets 100 a few pieces of construction paper and goes to town.  The drawings range from genius to adorable to questionable.  Anything from the solar system (specifically Jupiter), to dinosaurs, to cockroaches, to the inside of the human body.  If he thinks it, he draws it.  It is a quality I have encouraged and one that I mostly enjoy.

There is one problem though.  I never know what to do with it all.  I have a stack of about 20 pictures waiting to go on top of the much larger stack in my room, and they in turn are waiting for a bulletin board to be pinned to that they will never fit on.  And the current pictures waiting placement?  Those are just from yesterday and today.

I have thought of spiral bound drawing notebooks, but he would complete one of those in about a week.  And yes, I do make him use both sides of the paper.  I'm currently thinking of sorting the pictures into genres and stapling to make books.  I do occasionally go through them all and throw some out, but I can't keep up.  Other than that, I'm out of ideas.

I realize this is a good problem to have.  We are blessed to be able to provide him with all the drawing materials he needs (that is until we run out of construction paper :).  And it's fun to be able to actually see what goes on in his complex little head.

But I'm curious.  Do you have this problem?  Have you found a solution?


Becky said...

I have this problem like you wouldn't believe. Michael has discovered his love of art, and has a talent for sure. We have three sketch pads he's gone through just since Easter. That helped, but he still goes for the individual pieces of paper. I finally just gave him a 3-ring binder with plastic sleeves. He has to put the ones he really wants to keep in the binder. If they're left on the floor (which they often are), I give him a warning -- he can put them away, or consider them practice pages that can be recycled. I can't keep up either, and I was going crazy trying to stuff them all everywhere, feeling guilty if I threw one away. I realized we had hundreds of pictures of dragons, fighter jets, and monsters, among other things. I try to help him pick out the ones he likes most occasionally, but often, I come across the wrinkled, torn, water-stained pictures in the corner of a room or something, and I realize that he probably won't notice if this one goes bye-bye. The binder has been great because when his grandparents came out, he got to share it with them. He went on a date with his grandmother, and they sat at a coffee shop and went through the binder together, and he could tell her about each of the pictures. It seems to work for now.

Amy said...

So, as you know, I am quite literally the mother of an artist. She's 28 and getting paid for her work now, but once upon a time she was 5 and I had the exact same dilemma. What I did was try to save a sampling here and there. You have to make a stack somewhere for now - that's what the child sees. You can't EVER let them SEE you toss it. But if you really have a budding little artist, you MUST learn to glean and toss. Then, now and then, you show them the drawer or box or whatever you decide will house the particular treasures. As the years pass He will get less attached personally to his earlier creations. Seriously, if you try to save it all you will go NUTS. And if yours is anything like mine, you will already be spending much of your time trying to secretly toss all those bits and pieces of things that the plan to "make something with".

Jennie C. said...

I've given each of the children a Paper Box, which is from Walmart, pretty large, all things considered, and has a snap on lid. The kids decide themselves which papers get saved and if the box gets full, they go through it themselves to decide what to get rid of and what to keep. (And if they choose to get rid of something I really love, I just go ahead and grab it and hang it on a wall somewhere. I've been known to buy very nice frames for favorite art!)

Michelle said...

You can also scan the pictures to your computer because e-versions take up much less space than paper. I used to keep a lot...and used to scan a lot. Now most things get put in recycling.

Cmerie said...

Great ideas! I love the idea of framing my favorites.