My daughter loves doing art projects. And over the last couple of years we’ve collected a huge amount of paints, stamps, stickers, glue sticks, crayons, markers, glitter, pipe cleaners, etc. For so long I had all of these things scattered around the house and would haul them to the kitchen table whenever Ally felt the spark of creativity. But recently I found a way to keep all of her art supplies together and give Ally a special place to make her beautiful glitter and glue-covered creations.
I found an old second-hand coffee table in our basement and painted it. Then I put the table in the corner of Ally’s playroom. I divided her art supplies into a three-drawer storage container that sits next to the table and into a couple of tubs that slide under the table. I also bought stacking plastic shelves from an office supply store to separate her white drawing paper, construction paper and coloring books.
Now our budding artist uses the table and her art supplies every day because everything is together and within her reach. And best of all, since I don’t care about the coffee table, it can be smeared with paint, glue and Play-Doh without costing me a bit of stress or clean up time. And since her art projects aren’t on the kitchen table, they can be left out half-finished.
I also a bought the Work of Art Clips from Land of Nod ($12.95), which is a like a clothesline with decorative clips to hold your child’s artwork. The string and clips were easy to install on the wall over Ally’s table and give her a place to display her latest creations. I love the art clips because they allow us to have rotating artwork for Ally’s playroom wall and gives us a place other than the refrigerator to showcase her artistic talents.
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