My dining room table sometimes looks like a craft store. On any given day, paintbrushes, paper, crayons, markers, stickers and little bits of paper can be found on the table. Since we like to eat on this table, my husband and I decided to set up an arts and crafts center for my daughter. Here are some tips to make a great, creative space for your kids.
Finding a Space
We have an empty area between our two couches. Since we don’t have a huge house, it’s a great spot for art. In addition, it is in a location that our one-year-old son can’t easily access and destroy. Along with finding the perfect nook, the area should be cozy and well lit. Also, the arts and crafts center is best set up over a flooring that can be easily wiped down in case your child spills.
We have a plastic desk with an attachable chair. The desk has holes for markers and pencils along with a “liftable” desk top to store paper. If the desk doesn’t have a compartment for pens, you can use cans decorated with contact paper to hold supplies. A plastic three drawer product is great for storing stickers, yarn and paint palettes. A comfortable chair is always a plus.
Having plenty of art supplies will encourage your child to use their creative space. We have regular, glitter and neon crayons for my daughter. Since my daughter is younger, I only keep water paint at her art center. Construction paper, scissors and a glue stick are other musts. If your child is interested in beading, you can place yarn and beads in a plastic container. Many toy or craft stores sell art cases with oil pastels, crayons, colored pencils and other supplies in an easy to store container.
Your child is sure to make plenty of artistic masterpieces. You can display your child’s art near their arts and crafts space. We just put push pin in the art and put it on the wall. However, you can also put the art into lightweight frames. Even better, you can have your child paint and put designs on the frames. A small shelf can hold painted vases and other three-dimensional art.
An arts and crafts space will allow your child to explore their creative side! It’s a lot of fun to see the masterpieces that they create.
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