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Okay, so it’s pretty clear we are all parenting of toddlers here, right? If not then you either have a very artistic child or you’re just plain bored. Whatever it is, welcome. I’m glad to have you. Today I want to address what to do with all those darn finger paintings. I don’t know about you but they are starting to pile up.
My kid just loves doing anything hands on. I’m not sure what it is but he’s at the age. And god forbid we throw anything anyway. So now they are a stack of finger paintings in my house that needs a new home. What’s a mom to do?
Well lucky for you I already thought about it. I mean a crafty kid needs crafts right? Why not make new crafts out of old crafts? I can up with five new crafts to do with those finger paintings. And you know what. Some of these crafts will ensure those finger paintings do get trashed. It’s a win-win. So here’s what you can do with those little colorful pieces of paper. And the best part is your kid will see these new crafts and little rewards for doing the finger paintings.
Make Paper Airplanes
We all remember doing this when we’re a kid right? Well, these finger paintings are perfect for just that. Sure they are little crunchy now, but they still fold. Just force it. You can do it. I promise.
After you fold it go outside and set it free. If you’re lucky it will fly away and never come back. Sorry neighbors but it’s your problem now. Maybe make sure your kid hasn’t signed any of them. Don’t want your neighbors trying to return it.
Make A Sailboat
If you can make airplanes you can make sailboats right? Now I never did this as a kid and therefore had to look up some instructions. But it was a total bonding moment for me and my son. I recommend taking the time. Again they are crunchy and stiff but trust me, they fold.
Now that you have a sailboat why not see if it floats? Spoiler alert, it doesn’t. But your kid won’t know that until it’s too late. Let it sink and watch those beautiful colors fold the waters. Just don’t do it in any water that has residents. No harming the fishes. Warning: not for the emotionally attached to the artwork.
Flags For Sand Castles
This is super easy. All you need is the artwork (of course) a straw, and some tap. Just cute the paper into the shape you want and then roll it around the straw. Secure with tape. Now take those babies to the beach.
Make sure to build your sand castle far enough away from the water so that flag doesn’t end up in the ocean. It’s not for the fish to eat. But if you’re lucky (and I was) that flag will get forgotten on the castle when you leave.
Paper Clothes For Dolls
So I didn’t personally try this one, but I saw it on Pinterest. Just cut the clothes down to size and tape it on the doll in some kind of clothing from. Dresses seem to be the easiest. Now once your kid puts it through the wear and tear they’ll toss it themselves. Or you’ll pick the pieces off the ground and throw them out yourself. Whatever.
Keep Your Favorite
Okay, all jokes aside we are still parents. Maybe pick one or two (but definitely not more) and display it on the fridge. Encouraging our kids to be creative is so important. Keeping a few around the house won’t hurt us. I’m pretty sure these don’t multiply when left alone like the laundry does.
Tell me how you’ve been able to get rid of artwork in the past.