Kids are natural collectors. They love shells and marbles, stamps and coins, even bottle caps. But the things they love needn't end up hidden in drawers. Here are some tips on how to put these collections to good use.
1. Hang their favorite pictures and postcards on a whimsical adaptation of a clothesline; we used ribbon.
2. Display small items in glass-fronted boxes. The content of the display can change as a kid's interests.
3. Use a binder to organize souvenirs and other collectibles. Arrange maps and brochures from family vacations in plastic page protectors.
4. Set up a shelf or corner in your child's room where she can hang her own artwork and put together exhibitions of special objects.