Wall displays for children come in two basic flavours: those that showcase kids' creativity and those that offer kids a chance to learn. Like sundaes, though, the variety of toppings is practically endless. With just a handful of basic display methods, you'll never run out of ways to entice your kids. Just keep in mind that, especially for children, the same old thing loses its spice quickly, and change is stimulating. Removing a child's latest masterpiece---no matter how good it is---only makes room for a new one.
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Cover Notice Boards with Fabric
Using fabric, such as felt or lightweight wool, to cover a notice board will help preserve its condition. Holes from tacks and pins won't show, and it'll look great even when you haven't anything to display. Use a pale or neutral coloured fabric if you want the board to blend in with your decor year-round. To set off special projects, use a dark colour for contrast. Other colours, textures or prints can mark the changing seasons (think flowers for spring) or herald the holidays. Don't forget to post calendars and maps---the ultimate in interactive learning tools.
Mount Mirror Tiles
Mirror tiles are available at home improvement stores and can enhance a wall display. Or attach inexpensive door mirrors to the wall, then give your kids a fistful of colourful erasable markers to write whatever they want. They could even give themselves beards or moustaches or funny hats to otherwise embellish the reflected world and then wipe it right off and start over.
Magnetise a Wall
Use magnetic paint to turn any wall into a huge refrigerator door. Apply several coats of magnetic primer, then cover it with wall paint in the colour of your choice. Use super-strong magnets to hang anything you'd display on the fridge (and a lot more).
Create a Rotating Gallery
Mount a row of shallow boxes on the wall to serve as frames or shadowboxes, showcasing a changing array of artwork and craft projects. They needn't be the same size: just be sure to align them along the top edges. Or hang a taut length of cord or wire and use bulldog clips or clothes pins to hang a progression of photos and drawings.
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