2 Create viewer appeal. Keep displays simple, uncluttered, fresh, and appealing. Attach paper materials securely near windy doors so they do not become torn and ragged looking. Reevaluate the use of mobiles that hang too high for children to really see.
3 Highlight the concepts! For an art exhibit focused on shape investigation, display pictures on a giant cardboard circle or triangle. Complement line explorations with corrugated cardboard backing. For tiny pen and ink drawings, use magnifying glasses to help children observe little details.
4 Personalize displays. On a giant bulletin board, mark sections off for each artist. Take children's photos and invite them to draw self-portraits to hang in their own gallery. Encourage children to discuss and select the artwork they wish to display.
5 Make displays interactive. Design "Please Touch" collages. Make "peek hole" picture covers, like those in Tana Hoban's books, for "art critics" to guess what's underneath. I lave sensory fun with "scratch and sniff" spice paintings.
6 Show off 3-D art. Use different levels of paper or cloth-covered boxes as pedestals to display clay sculptures. Colored wire sculptures can be suspended from clear fish line. Display delicate clay miniatures in the partitions of a beverage box placed on its side. Rope off a giant art project made of recyclables in the school's entryway.
7 Make artwork accessible. Use press-on cork tiles to create low bulletin boards for toddlers. Place artwork below the high parents' bulletin board for young visiting siblings to enjoy.
8 Provide protection. Place paper art behind see-through plastic screening or clear Plexiglas. Ask your parent group to create a case for 3-D designs. With a child's permission, laminate or use clear contact paper on artwork for a permanent covering. Place fragile sculptures in an empty fish tank for a special viewing treat.
9 Share art outdoors. Use colored yarn, natural grass, and painted sticks to form a gigantic weaving in a chain link fence. Draw beautiful sidewalk art with colored chalk. Hang birdseed sculptures in the trees for the birds.
10 Brighten up your community. Celebrate and share children's creativity with others! Create joyful art displays for nursing homes and health clinics. With a color copier, make big colored posters of children's work for the post office and community center. Hang children's artwork in your local library.