Beautiful Oops!

  If you haven't read the children's book  Beautiful Oops!,  by Barney Saltzberg, check it out  here ! 

If you haven't read the children's book Beautiful Oops!, by Barney Saltzberg, check it out here

If your preschooler is anything like mine they come home with PILES of artwork daily, and most of it very "abstract".

Taking a page from the wonderful book, Beautiful Oops!, my favorite post-preschool game is "What do your paintings look like today?" Occasionally I will attempt to interpret her art by outlining her work, bringing her pictures to life. (WARNING--before you "ruin" your child's artwork you should consult with the little mastermind first. I got in big trouble the first time I did this without permission!) It's a fun way to collaborate and be imaginative together while debriefing the day (and they seem to make their way into a frame rather than the recycling bin)!

 Treehouse in the Forest

Treehouse in the Forest

 Sad Elephant  (  This was my first transformation, and it's still my favorite!)

Sad Elephant (This was my first transformation, and it's still my favorite!)

*Note: Another great idea recommended to us by preschool was to save some of the bigger paintings and use them as wrapping paper.*

What do you do with your child's artwork (other than filing it in the recycling bin)?