Although we’ve had a mild winter so far, I’m preparing myself for the snow (or ice) that’s sure to come our way when we least expect it. After all we did have 2 feet of snow in February last year!
One of the things that I’ve been doing is sorting out and organizing all of Grayson’s “art” supplies to make sure that we have plenty of things to do when it’s cold outside. He loves to draw and color, but it’s nice to have different things ready to pull out at a moment’s notice! I thought I’d dedicate the next few posts to a few art projects or ideas to do with our kiddos when winter strikes. First up, our art center…
When we moved in, we had a random little wall just outside of the playroom and just on the other side of the desk area in our kitchen. It was the perfect place to put this table and chairs that a friend gave us. It’s definitely not the most “decorated” area of our house and it’s not going to earn any design accolades, but we strive to have a very kid-friendly home (after all, it is his home, too).
This little art center has turned out to be one of my favorite places in the house, at least in terms of practicality. There’s no worry about cleaning up messy projects because the table sits on top of our laminate flooring. Play dough, paint, and other “messy” items clean up easily.
To make it easier to reach the art supplies but keep them off the table, I hung a little towel bar (found at Ikea) and some little red pails from the Target Dollar Spot. We keep crayons and markers in these little buckets. I know it’s a little risky to keep these items out all of the time, but Grayson uses them as they are intended…not to color on the walls or furniture. If that’s an issue in your house, this might not be the best idea for you! But it works for us.
It’s amazing how much this little space gets used, simply because the supplies are always out and at the ready.
Here's a little photo of our art center in use.
Do you have a spot in your home dedicated to crafting for your kiddos? Or is your kitchen table always ready for a little coloring or crafting session?