Was it having a chemistry set when you were a child that made you go into biomedical engineering? Or a plugin keyboard that set you off on your path to concert pianist? Maybe. The answer to both conclusions is that you were once a curious child who learned by experimenting with all the things in the world around you. There wasn’t one thing that made you what you are today. A child’s capabilities grow with support from people who encourage exploration and reward creativity. A child’s finger painting might not end up hanging in the Tate, but finger painting is hands on creativity.
Inquisitiveness starts at home. Be sure that wherever you live, and whatever your taste you’ve created an environment conducive to exploration and wonder for your child to grow up in. If you have paints lying around, curious fingers will be happy to find. And of course there will be a mess, that’s just obligatory! The important thing is to be proud of your child’s creative endeavors. Here are a couple of elegant ways to showcase their pictures.
Choose a wall
Your mantelpiece might be feeling cluttered by stick figures, rainbows and strange sometimes monstrous animals. Fridge magnets only hold so much so why not designate a wall to display their pictures proudly, rather than as a hodgepodge of paintings and drawings scattered around the home. Together with your child, decisions can be made as to what goes up for display.
A kind of family museum. Choose a room, choose a wall; a common family hang out like the kitchen could be the perfect place. Light, neutral colors like pastels or even white will keep the space feeling bright and nonrestrictive, while at the same time lighter tones are unlikely to clash with your child’s creations.
A couple of thoughtful picture frames allow you to keep your wall in style with the rest of your decor. Arts and crafts projects are bulkier, fret not, shadow boxes make elegant display cases. Cork-board straight to the wall is an excellent showcase solution. It’s cheap, it looks nice and you can simply tack pictures straight to the wall.
Consider sending some favorite drawings to close friends and relatives as a thoughtful gift. Smaller drawings might work well as postcards or for invitations. Take pictures, make digital photo albums. Scraps are fun and the rest can be stored in yearly keepsake boxes, the more stackable the more convenient.
This article was authored by The Kids Window. We recommend designing spaces that encourage creativity. The Kids Window sells a variety of cool and creative furniture from bedroom sets to work tables.