Children LOVE being able to see their work on display for everyone to see! There are many times we as adults want to place their work at the highest point of the wall or at the top of the refrigerator so they don’t get ripped or torn up; however, when children are able to see their work at eye level, their stories are amazing to listen to!
Once, my daughter asked me if I loved her picture. My response was, “I love your picture and all the colors you used to make your dinosaur!” Her ear-to-ear smile turned to a sad face as she replied, “It’s not a dinosaur. It’s a princess.” Can you imagine how she felt? So often we make assumptions about what children have created and we display it so high that they can’t continue to tell us about their creativity because they simply can’t see it. We need to step back and ask open-ended questions so they can explain their works of art.
If children have projects that can’t be displayed, take their picture and post it that way! Another thing to consider is having pictures of children and each gets their own spot for their work. Children love seeing pictures of themselves and family members; it can spark more conversations as well!
Remember to ask families for resources - you never know what they’re willing to help out with!
- MaryAnn F. Kohl