Watching your children grow from wiggling bundles to feisty kindergartners is its own joy,

but tracking the process on a growth chart can be a delight for them and you, too!

From penciling marks on the garage door to creating your own DIY growth chart, the possibilities are limitless when it comes to keeping measurements as your little ones grow into not-as-little-as-last-month ones.

If you’re looking to make your own growth chart, which doubles as a great activity for the kids, determine what type of materials you’ll need to get started and what colors to use. You’ll want to match the palette or theme of the room with the growth chart that will be going in it. For instance, if your son has a beach-themed room, try making a growth chart in the shape of a surf board or palm tree. Playrooms and bathrooms also make great places for charting growth.

To find some easy, step-by-step instructions to create the growth chart below, see this entry on The Creative Mama here. (Spoiler: it costs less than $20!)

There are other milestones besides inches that are fun to keep track of too. Namaste Kid shares a few creative ways to remember seasons of their lives without drawing on the wall.

Save those baby shoes and create a shoe growth chart with a homemade shadow box and mount it on the wall. Or, put all those baby photos to work and make a compilation of close-ups in a favorite outfit. Framed handprints also make a great addition to any room of the house; kids will have fun remembering the size their fingers used to be! You can add new handprints as your baby grows, or compile the whole family’s handprints together.

Want more creative growth chart ideas? Here’s some DIY inspiration on Etsy and Pinterest that we love.