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Arts and Crafts

How do you contain the arts and crafts mess?

Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: When my kids were in preschool, they produced incredible amounts of artwork. It seriously would have taken over my house. The preschool had a genius idea: They created a bound book of a selection of my kids’ art. I was just looking at my son’s portfolio. It was so fun to look back on his fingerpainting and preschool art!

Even if your child’s preschool doesn’t do this, it wouldn’t be hard to gather up some of his art and bind it into a book.

Siobhan Dolan, MD, a mom of two daughters ages 16 and 13 and a son age 11, a consultant to the March of Dimes, and an associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology and women’s health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine / Montefiore Medical Center, in Bronx, NY

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Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: My daughter loves art. She’s always been my crafty one. I’m a bit of a neat freak, and arts and crafts are messy, so I probably didn’t foster that as much as I could have.

When we do arts and crafts, we usually do them outside on a picnic table. That way the fingerpaints, Play-Doh, and glitter all stays outside.

Antoinette Cheney, DO, a mom of a seven-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl and a family physician with Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Parker, CO

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