One of my proudest moments as a mom (and a lover of anything artistically inclined) was the first time I handed my oldest a crayon and a piece of paper and let him go to town. Art was my favorite subject in school, and even as an adult I still like to get down with a fresh box of colored pencils and a coloring book. My 4.5 year old has really taken a liking to coloring, and pretty much anything creative over the last few months and I couldn’t be happier about it.
I wanted to create an easily accessible space for my kids to house all of our art supplies, and when I stumbled upon this utility cart at Target I just knew that it would do the trick! I love that because our “art cart” is on wheels it can easily be moved from room to room, and then wheeled into a closet when my very mobile nine month old is on the loose. I try to stock up on items that will inspire my son and daughter whenever we’re at Target or the craft store (Hello 40% off coupons!)… our art cart wasn’t a big all-at-once investment, but better yet a kind of build-as-you-go project.
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As I mentioned, the cart itself was a Target find. The white buckets that we use for holding markers, crayons and pencils were also found at Target, in their Party section of all places (they come in a package of 4. I love using these big jars for holding things, and that’s where we store our overabundance of crayons at the moment. Crayola’s Color Wonder line is a favorite of both mine and my kids… I love that I don’t have to worry about a mess, and they love watching the colors magically appear on the special paper. These Do-a-dot markers are a huge hit around here too. Bonus points for the fact that they are great for developing hand -eye coordination. Ella loves these washable paints, and Max is obsessed with the Crayola Twistables colored pencils, so I always make sure we have a back up box on hand.
Another favorite around here is Target’s Kid Made Modern line. We’re big fans of their watercolor paint set, bead kits, and crayon gems. In addition to all of this, I always like to have glue and glue sticks, pipe cleaners, colored construction paper, pom pons, popsicle sticks, kid’s scissors, and lots of coloring books on hand. This way, whenever the creative mood strikes, we are ready to go!
How do you organize your kid’s art supplies?