Crafts are my nemesis. I don’t like creating the craft (enter Kiwi Crate), facilitating the project or dealing with the mess. But I know that my kids, especially my 6 year old, wants to be creative. I needed to find a solution that would fulfill their creative desire and keep the supplies to a minimum.
I love this idea of an old wine crate (towards the bottom of the post) but my trips to the antique store are limited these days with three kids 6 and under. Fortunately, Target handles small children well. Look what I found in the garden section for $3.99! It’s a potted planter where the cups are attached. (It also comes in a pretty yellow or red)
Isn’t this perfect?! The kids don’t need tons of supplies. Markers, crayons, colored pencils, a few scissors, glue stick, hole punch and small tape dispenser will do.
I can leave this out on our kitchen table and the kids are free to grab paper from our paper bin (which holds lots of scraps) and do whatever projects they want. If they would like to keep their project they can put it back into the paper bin. If they don’t the cleaning lady (aka me) will gather whatever is left out at the end of the day and throw it away without any sense of emotional attachment to the art my child has just made.
This has alleviated so many questions about when we can do crafts, anxieties and frustrations (on my part). Instead of bins of crayons and markers being lugged out everyday, we have created a small, manageable craft station where my kids are free to be artsy whenever they please.
How do you simplify kids craft supplies?
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