Our house used to be over flowing with stuff…most of it art stuff! A forest of plain and colored paper, an ocean of paints and glues, and a gigantic haystack of pens and pencils… it got to the point where it was bordering on dangerous, i mean, we could hardly walk… okay, okay…i exaggerate! But i’m sure you know the feeling! It became impossible to keep track of what we had and what we didn’t, so, inevitably, whenever we went into a store, my daughter would ask for a new ruler or a set of scented pens, and because I didn’t realize that she already had three sets at home, the mountain of art supplies just continued to grow. It became a vicious cycle.
Eventually it got to the point where i realized, ‘Enough is enough!’ I pulled in my daughter, and we spent a good couple of hours sorting things out, getting rid of the things that were past the point of saving, and donating the things that we had extras of. There are bound to be under-privileged schools or children’s hospitals in your area that would love a donation of your extra art supplies! We thought about what we use most often and we created something functional.
Now, whenever we want to do any arts or crafts, all our supplies are together in one place. I know if something is running low, and i can see if anything needs replacing. This, I think, is one of the most wonderful things you can do for your family’s ‘creative well-being’. 🙂
All-in-one Arts and Crafts Box
- 1 (or 2 if needed) plastic under the bed storage box (I got mine for under €10 at our local one price store)
- Empty ice-cream containers or any Tupperware you have that you don’t mind giving up
- Clear plastic sleeves (A4 is best)
- Art supplies and paper eg. scissors, paper punch, glue, stapler, glitter, pipe cleaners, cotton balls or colored pompoms, buttons, beads, tin foil, colored tissue, gum paper, sticky tape etc.
1. Get the older kids involved by asking them to go around the house and collect any art materials that they can find. By turning this into a kind of treasure hunt or competition, even the younger kids are likely to want to join in.
2. Grab the ice-cream containers or Tupperware and try fit the smaller containers into your large under bed storage container like a puzzle. This will give you an idea of the number of different sets of things you can have. In ours, we managed to fit 4 2l ice-cream containers, 2 A4 envelopes, and 2 smaller plastic tubs.
3. Get your little ones to sort the art supplies into groups ie, all the pens together, all the paints together, all the pompoms, cotton balls and pipe cleaners together, all the plain white paper into one envelope and all the colored into another, etc.
4. Each set of art supplies goes into its own container, and all the containers then get packed into the under bed storage bin.
Now all you have to do is find a gap under a bed and there you go! I assure you, the next time the kids are wanting to get creative, the whole experience will be better and everyone, including you, will have so much more fun!
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