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Your child’s Artwork…Where to put it When the Fridge if full!!

Posted Jun 25 2009 11:40am

Is your kids’ artwork moving you out of house and home and are you suffering from “Artwork Guilt?” Try Yahoo!’s virtual fridge to preserve and create a book of your child’s artwork!

Many parents are familiar with the pangs of guilt, not wanting to throw away anything that chronicles their child’s creativity and accomplishments from school, especially as the school year ends. Did you know children create an average of 100 pieces of “artwork” over their elementary school career? Multiply that by the average number of children in a home and each household deals with around 200 pieces of “artwork”. Check out the two ideas below to help organize and spread your child’s talent. We can help with the following tips:

  • Using online tools to help manage your child’s art and accomplishment portfolio
  • Transferring physical artwork into digital mementos to share with family and friends
  • Favorite web tools and sites that help with organizing and how often do you “purge”
  • Ways to engage your kids in helping reduce the amount of stored artwork
  • Record a short video of your child describing and displaying his or her artwork. Post it on Flickr video for the family to see.
  • Turn your screensaver into a gallery of your children’s artwork. If you have a PC, Cozi.com offers an application that even lets you make a collage of your favorite drawings, paintings and sculptures. Just take a snapshot of the project and upload it to your computer — Turn your iPhone into a mobile exhibit of your child’s artwork.

Loading Yahoo! Go onto your iPhone gives you access to your Flickr photo stream anytime, anywhere. So you can show the grandparents or your friends Junior’s latest masterpiece in person.

  • Make a CD of your child’s creations. Periodically scan your child’s pictures and upload them to your computer. Burn a copy each year to record the highlights for him or her and you. Will take up a lot less space than the actual projects.

The Virtual Fridge – You’re Online Refrigerator in the digital age proud parents are moving beyond the refrigerator door to the virtual fridge to show off their children’s precious artwork from group galleries to their photo streams. Here is an example from Flickr of a group devoted to their children’s art work: My Kid’s Art http://www.flickr.com/groups/mykidsart/ Think of this group as your online refrigerator to share your kids’ artistry with the world! And, the kids can also be extended relatives or kids you babysit, as long as they’re under 18.

Create an Online Artwork Book for Your Child Flickr users are creating “artwork” books with our partner Blurb. Parents are scanning in artwork or taking digital images of the artwork and creating books that live on. Check it out: http://www.blurb.com/books/179368

Heather Cabot, Yahoo! Web Live Guru, (based in NY) can comment on this trend and address solution that free moms from guilt. She combines her background with an every woman perspective to spot emerging Web trends and advocate for consumers. A former network news anchor and mommy blogger, Heather provides practical tips and tricks, and identifies unique uses of the Web.

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