Our kids like to keep nearly everything. Rocks. Empty chap stick tubes. Piles of string. No-longer-glowing glow sticks. Toilet paper rolls.
Did I mention they like to keep everything?
I started to wonder if some of these items that we see pass through our house often could become something more. Like art. The beautiful thing about brainstorming with the kids about what we could make with random items is that they have no limits. Any sort of what I would consider “junk” is a treasure for them. And can be reused, upcycled, repurposed…. all of those fancy terms that adults like to use. But for kids, art can be anything.
So we turned about 70 toilet paper rolls into a bee hive for their bathroom walls. We painted the ends rainbow colors, tacked them on the wall in a cluster, and inserted little plastic striped bee friends in a few of the slots. Nothing fussy, nothing scientific. We were all pleased with our new bathroom bee hive. And I think I learned something from my kids that day… to embrace the idea that anything can be art, and enjoy the process. They do.
What lies in store for your walls? What random multitudes of kid collections can become art for you? Cheers to art, and cheers to exploring!