A Family That Collects Together…
Ordinary things become treasures when you turn it into a family collection. Kids of all ages will love to be a part of finding and displaying treasures, and you’ll love working together as a family.
First, decide together what you’ll collect. A hint: Be selective. Your collection will likely carry on for years.
- When planning your collection, think about what you already do regularly as a family. Do you go to the movies often? Collect ticket stubs. Maybe you are hikers and you could start a small rock collection. We love the beach, so it was natural to start a shell collection.
- Ask your kids! They may have a great idea.
- Do you travel often? Collect something that is often found at tourist shops, such as postcards, snow globes, spoons, thimbles, mugs, magnets, etc.
- Start a collection based on a period in history, a different culture or country, or a favorite sports team.
- Find something goofy, like Pez dispensers or something classic, like a State coin collection.
- If you can afford it, collect something that can become family heirlooms, such as antique quilts or rare books or dishes.
Displaying your collection:
Next, find a creative way to display your treasures. We have our shells in a large glass vase. Recently, we collected several tiny shells and put them in a smaller vase. We’ll need to add another vase soon, we’ll have a row of vases with shells someday.
You can use a shelf, a notebook, picture frames, tops of cabinets, boxes, or even designate a special drawer. Another idea is an under the bed box that can be rolled out for viewing.
Start collecting! You may even have a few treasures around the house. If not, consider planning a family outing with the sole purpose of starting your collection!
What does your family collect? You can share ideas in the comment section.