This Sunday afternoon, my girls and I did some craft time, so I thought I’d share the results and give you a bit of information about how I manage the mess in my house.
At my house, I have a big bookshelf for all my arts and crafts stuff. I recently reorganized it, and it is now so easy to grab some supplies for a quick project whenever we feel like it. Here is a picture of my shelf with some labels showing some of the basic components.
There are a couple of key elements in this set-up, many of which I learned as an elementary art teacher.
- Everything must have a set place where it always goes.
- Things must be easily grabbed by little hands. If Yoshi wants to do watercolors, I say “okay, go grab the watercolor box.” In the watercolor box, there are watercolor sets, brushes, and a water cup. Everything is all together so we don’t have to go looking for each piece.
- Those hanging cups on the bar are perfect too (they are from Ikea). Yoshi can easily grab the cup of whatever we are doing, but they are just out of reach of the two-year-old. Putting things in her reach saves a lot of time and work with clean up.
Having a dedicated box for paper scraps is important, because it saves cleaning time and allows kids to save that extremely important piece of paper that kind of looks like an elephant without you losing your mind with bits of paper all over your house.
- The box on the bottom is for random drawings and artwork that have been taken down from the fridge that you can’t bring yourself to throw away, but it doesn’t get stuck in piles of mail or mix in with the clean paper or on the floor or in the toy box (or does this only happen at my house?). That box came in my Amazon Prime Pantry shipment, and I love it. It is the perfect size for my shelf (billy from Ikea).
- Keeping everything you need in boxes or cups makes it easy to move them around and clean up when you are done.
This post was meant to be about their collages, but it went in another direction. Hope that wasn’t too boring. 🙂 Here are some pictures of their finished products.
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