When Darren and I first started living together, he said he couldn’t believe how virtually every inch of space on my fridge was taken up by my son's school art.  Then he said, "You know, they're all grown up now."  But any parent can tell you, there is nothing like refrigerator art.

Top 5 Back-To-School Refrigerator Art Projects
courtesy: Darren Hunt

To be fair, there is more than just art on my fridge.  There are magnets from places I've been to with my boys and Darren, pictures of my nieces and nephews, those little alphabet magnets that anyone with a kid should have, but the most important exhibits of my kitchen art gallery are the craft projects and art Ryan and Sam made in school.

KISS FM's Back-To-School Expo is this tomorrow, so I thought I'd share my my Top 5 Refrigerator Art Projects:

1.  Construction paper Christmas trees - who can resist the mental picture of your little Leonardo da Vinci painstakingly making little teeny dots of glitter glue on a construction paper Christmas tree that's a little shaggy because mijo is still learning his way around a pair of scissors.

2.  'Hand' Turkeys - your child's hand, a handful of crayons, and a piece of brown construction paper are all the tools you need to have not only a seasonal decoration, but you also have a record of your child's growth.  I have 6 'hand' turkeys from Ryan and Sam, and they are probably one of the few things I would save in a fire.

3. Family Portraits - there is nothing more interesting than your kid's two-dimensional take on your family.  Dad probably looks like a superhero in street clothes, Mom has a red lipstick smile, and Junior draws Little Sister as a stick figure because he's still hacked off at her for beating him at Guitar Hero!

4.  The American Flag - the rows of stars and stripes start out well placed and orderly, but pretty soon, they start losing their elbow room as your elementary school artiste realizes that he's running out of room and still needs to fit in 15 more stars on that blue field!

5.  The Alphabet - strictly speaking, this isn't an art or a craft project, it's just practice.  But, just like your child's first steps, those little squiggly lines trying so valiantly to be letters represent your child's forward motion.  My son's asked me to take those down as they got better and better at handwriting, but tucked away in a box in a closet, are pages and pages of squiggly letters written when they weren't such confident young men.