Artkive kids screenshot Artkive kids screenshot Sites and apps like Artkive store the many pieces of art your kids create. (Photo: Screenshot courtesy of Artkive)

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These websites and apps allow you to store and share your child's masterpieces.

These days, parents are looking for ways to store and save their children’s artwork in a more organized way than an overcrowded refrigerator or a dusty box on a shelf. Technology today is giving parents some great new options.

A sharing site called Remini seeks to capture a child’s artwork, photographs, milestones and anecdotes from their school days. Doron Oded founded Remini in Israel with co-CEO Raz Wasserstein as a way for preschool teachers to share these memories with parents, and for parents to be able to share with friends and family. The photos are presented to parents in a newsfeed-style format, with their kids' latest creations at the top of the feed.

Remini newsfeed screenRemini's newsfeed. (Photo: Remini) 

According to Oded, Remini fits "the need for a niche solution that is focused around the child." The idea is that "beyond just sharing their pictures in social networks or just storing them in some folder in the cloud, Remini enables building and telling the child's life story.

“In Remini, we try to combine the advantages of all the different platforms in one mobile app and website,” Oded told From The Grapevine. “With Remini, early education systems can easily and privately share the activities and artworks with the parents, while allowing them to add more precious memories to their children's life story in one child-oriented place.”

Artsonia, billed as the largest online kids' art museum, is a public viewing portal for parents and educators. Devi Knapp, an art teacher in Atlanta, has been using the site for years as a way to show progress to parents who don’t frequently come on campus. “For parents that aren't always in the building to see wall displays [in my classroom], this is a way for them to see our progress,” she told From the Grapevine. “I also love that family and friends around the world can see – and comment – on a child's art. I think that it is very important for children to see and hear positive feedback about their creations.”

Knapp also thinks Artsonia has made her students’ work better. “I have many students who I think try a little bit harder since they know I will be putting the artwork on Artsonia for the world to see,” she said. Another benefit for Knapp is that her art room gets 20 percent off every purchase through Artsonia, where family and friends can buy mugs, t-shirts, and even canvas prints of a child’s artwork. “Over the years I have been able to add several hundreds of dollars of art supplies to my classroom from all the purchases made on Artsonia,” Knapp explained. “Students show me the products that have been ordered with their images and the sense of pride and accomplishment is incredible to see.”

And what to do with the growing pile of papers your child brings home from school that have been vying for space on your refrigerator? Artkive, an app developed by entrepreneur Jedd Gold, seeks to answer the quandary.

“My daughters were the inspiration for Artkive – there was a never-ending amount of artwork they’d create and we’d feel guilty about throwing it away,” Gold said. “The art we did keep was sitting in a box in the garage, never to be seen again. With Artkive, we get rid of the clutter. Having it all turned into a book means we can now appreciate and remember their work – and they are so proud to see their art in print.”

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