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  • Writer's pictureVeronica Pulumbarit

How to cherish and protect kids' artworks

Updated: Jul 26, 2020

Every artwork is precious, especially the artworks of our precious little ones.

The famed Spanish painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso (October 25, 1881 to April 8, 1973) said, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."

Most kids love art. There's something magical in how crayons and paints can transform a blank paper into an amazing and colorful work of art.

In our family, all our nephews and nieces are good at art. One niece in Canada, Jizel, paints everyday.

She turned eight today, July 14, and my sister Melissa shared some of Jizel's beautiful artworks.

How do we preserve these precious artworks?

Here are a few ways to protect and organize children's artworks:

(1) Use a mobile app like Keepy to save, organize and share children's artworks. Parents can even include video and voice narration to share stories behind the artworks.

(2) Take photos of the artworks and make a photobook.

(3) Make an art journal or visual diary from the artworks.

(4) WhatsUpMoms suggests having a temporary storage and sorting out the artworks later. The artworks can be organized in storage bins or boxes.

Why is art important for children?

Art is important for children's health and well-being. The Michigan State University (MSU) says art helps children, who are naturally curious, explore their environment and understand how things work.

"Grasping pencils, crayons, chalk and paintbrushes helps children develop their fine motor muscles. This development will help your child with writing, buttoning a coat and other tasks that require controlled movements," MSU says.

Art can also help children develop better skills in math, language, and other fields.

More importantly, a creative endeavor can help children relieve stress and process the things happening around them.

This is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic when many sad things are happening around us -- people are getting sick or passing away. Many are losing their jobs or businesses. These are realities that family members face together.

Art can be a way of nurturing our mental health and helping us cope with the crisis.

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