We do a lot of ‘art’ at home. Crayons, scribblings, painting and markers…it’s almost like the boys need a daily fix of a splash of colour. And sometimes it is just random playing with paint while at other times they are busy making ‘dumpers and diggers and cement mixers’. They tell me they are making cards and sometimes making important and beautiful paintings. I dutifully hang these works of art to dry and then put them away into a plastic folder. Some of them look truly stunning, while others are bright blobs of color.
In any case, i try as far as possible to further recycle these. (i say further recycle because we only use one sided paper or old newspaper to paint on). here are some of the ways we use the art work:
1. Fold the paper and make a simple card. I then use bold markers to write happy birthday or whatever
2. Cut shapes from the art work and paste it on plain paper to make a card or a note ( i used thses as thank you notes for the kids’ bitrthday party)
3. Cut small squares or rectangles to make gift tags
4. use the painted newspapers as gift wrapping paper
5. Stick large pieces of art on a plain newspaper wrapped gift to dress it up
6. placemats that the boys use at meal times
7. book marks that i laminate to give as gifts
8. i have frames some of the art to give as presents to immediate family and very close friends.