Crayons and paper and scissors . . . Oh my!
If kid craft clutter is making your house look like Nightmare in Munchkin Land.
If you find your house slippers are covered in ruby red glitter.
If you hope there's no place like YOUR home, then.
Perhaps what you need is an organizing Wizard? Okay . . . enough of the Wizard of Oz parody!
Seriously though, every kid should be encouraged to be creative and enjoy arts and crafts. Despite the obvious benefits of keeping your kids entertained, childhood development experts agree that there is an actual benefit to children participating in arts and crafts. The benefits include: muscular development, general health and overall intelligence.
Extensive research has shown that children, who receive art lessons while they are still very young, grow up to be far more creative and imaginative as adults. Creativity and imagination are essential components for measuring IQ. Additionally, in the real world of business, there are advantages to having a creative mind. Creativity allows for innovation - something that is highly valued in the business world today.
I guess this means you need to know how to draw a box before you can think outside it?
It's not true that a messy area is the sign of a creative mind. In fact, research proves that living in chaos and clutter can actually hinder creativity, not help it.
Here are my tips for a well organized kid crafts area:
I don't recommend letting kids craft in their bedroom because of the obvious mess as well as the potential lack of safety supervision. If you don't have sufficient space in your home to set aside a special craft corner, then make your craft supplies mobile so you can carry them around. The kitchen table is a great space to craft.
You can spend a lot of money on specialty products to store art and craft supplies. If you have the money to purchase these, great! However, if you're on a tight budget, you can use less expensive items or re-purpose things in your home.
Need some ideas?
The best rules for storing kid crafts are:
Using a little creativity and imagination, you and your kids can enjoy fun, peaceful times together building memories while creating and still maintain a decent amount of order and cleanliness.