Mother Knows Best is a regular column on Your Highway in the Sky dedicated to celebrating Disney with Kids. Traveling to Disney with kids can be lots of fun. Whether you’re taking a baby or a teen, or any age(s) in between, we’d like to share with you ideas to help you make the most of your family trip. It’s even possible to enjoy a Disney vacation with children of multiple ages!
Several months ago, before our last Disney trip, I shared with you an idea for a pin-trading bag (that would keep your kids from losing their pins from lanyards). Since returning from that trip, I’ve been contemplating what to do with all the pins that my kids want to keep (at least for now).
Both of my girls have “official” Disney pin-trading bags. They are very nice; but when your pins are in the bags, that’s where they stay – in the bags. I rarely see either of them pull out their bags, open them, and look at their Disney pins. To me, a collection should be prominently displayed somewhere so that you can enjoy it.
Ian’s pins were displayed on 2 lanyards that were hanging from a hook in his room. While they were visible to him, they were somewhat cluttered-looking. And, they were up high enough that, even though he could see them, he couldn’t really enjoy them.
Because we are a homeschool family, we tend to have “extra” school supplies laying around our house. The other day, my eyes fell upon a small bulletin board that was no longer in use. Rather than seeing just the board itself, I saw a collection of pins on it – very similar to the pin-trading board that my kids have so enjoyed at the gift shop at Port Orleans Resort – Riverside (maybe all the resort gift shops have them?)
I brought the board to our dining room table, gathered all of Ian’s pins, and had him sort them – the ones he wants to keep, and the ones he wants to trade. The keepers found homes on this board. The finished product is now prominently displayed in his room (low enough for him to see and touch).
We liked the result so much that Gracie decided that she wanted a pin board in her room as well. Fortunately for us, the school supplies are on sale right now! A trip to the local Wal-mart yielded a much larger bulletin board, complete with a black frame (which would work perfectly in her room), for only around $6.
She’s a bit more organized than her younger brother, so she really took ownership of her board and where the pins should be placed (though she did graciously allow me to help).
What do you think? They look great, don’t they? I love that the pins are up on their walls for them to look whenever they want to. (We’ll still be using our homemade pin-trading bags at the parks – in fact, they are all packed up and ready to go with us in September!)
When I shared this idea with my blog readers on Facebook, I got a lot of feedback. Some thought it was a great idea and were planning to create their own pin boards. Others had already done so. I thought it would be fun to share some of their finished products with you. So, here are some pictures from my reader, Laurie (her pins are displayed in shadow boxes and the results are really cool):
So, what about YOU? How do you display your Disney pins? We’d love for you to share with us. Leave a comment here or share a picture on our FB wall.