Jul 182013
 
Shelf for kids awards

Ribbons range from reading awards to cross-country awards; I draped the graduation honor cords to showcase them more.

Kids’ awards are natural gems for a Treasure Chest. We all want to preserve, highlight, and display all our kids’ awards, but a hectic life and our natural propensity to procrastinate get in the way. Here’s some quick and easy ways to make sure your kids’ awards don’t get lost in the shuffle

Display kids’ awards

If your child is into sports, they probably have all sorts of awards that lend themselves to display. Especially small children receive “participation” ribbons, medals, and trophies. These are great to display in their bedrooms. Hanging shelves with peg are great for these if the top of the dresser is already full. The trophies (or other treasured objects) can go on the horizontal surface, and ribbons can hang from the pegs.

Because the bling-factor can be overwhelming, be sure to give those awards associated with hard work get more prominent billing.

Another great display for kids’ bedrooms is their “About Me” posters from school. This also helps you give the limelight to the things you want your kids to value intrinsically.

displaying kids awards

This is one long strip. I hang it from a curtain rod.

A long strip of  felt can make a great display surface for pins and badges. I made one for my son’s junior ranger awards. (See “Junior Ranger Programs Provide Outdoor Entertainment” for more information about these programs.)

Save kids’ awards and certificates

Many times kids receive certificates and awards just when family life is most hectic. Some parents (not me) quickly make beautiful scrapbooks or display frames for these. That’s great. The rest of us might need some “cheats.”

Scrapbook for kids’ awards

Don’t let those awards pile up in a folder or file cabinet. If you’re like me, and know that you’re unlikely to get around scrapbooking in a timely (within 5 years in my case) manner, go ahead and set up a place to store them. I use a 12 x 12 acid-free archival book that is expandable, with top-loading page protectors. Years ago, I set up a book for each of my boys, with cardstock inside the top loading pages. Whenever they come home with a certificate, I quickly (before I forget) slip the certificate and related memorabilia into a page.

Scrapbook page with kids award

This certificate requires little window dressing for the page to look nice.

When and if the pages are “finished,” depends on the personalities in your family. I have two boys that aren’t duly impressed by scrapbooking. They probably don’t even open their books very often. In other families, kids might be interested in dressing up the pages themselves.

When I did work on my older son’s scrapbook, I honestly think I was doing it for myself. One day he, or his future spouse, my value it, but in the meantime, spending time with it helped me bask in the pride that I have for my kid.

Another Cheat: If you’re good with digital graphics, volunteer to make the awards for groups in which you child participates. Scrapbooking beautiful certificates is a breeze.

Other types of kids’ achievement awards

Not all awards are two-dimensional, meaning they won’t slip nicely into a scrapbook. Make sure you have a place to store these if they’re important to you or your child. A t-shirt often memorializes kids’ achievements and meaningful activities. As you child out-grows these shirts, pick the most meaningful to save for a t-shirt quilt. When they leave home, you can present them with a quilt full of memories that you made or had made.

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