We don't have a lot of storage space in our home. It isn't terrible, but definitely not as much as I would like. I have a 5 and a 2 year old and we do a lot of arts and crafts in our house. My 5 year old is pretty responsible, but my 2 year old has to be supervised with things like crayons, glue, scissors, etc. I can't have these items too easily accessible to her.
Since there are so many different types of art supplies and most of them are pretty small, I was able to use a hanging shoe organizer for almost all of our arts and crafts supplies. I purposely bought a clear one so I could see what we have and what we are running low on. This made it really easy when going school shopping for my son this year. We were able to shop our closet for about 75% of what he needed.
As a side note - now is the time to stock up on school supplies. You won't find better deals. Even before my son started school, I would shop for art supplies for the kids around this time every year. I try to purchase enough to get us through a whole year. Also, I am a bit of an office/school supply hoarder myself and now is the perfect time to stock up!
In the first two rows we store art supplies:
- paint and paint brushes, glue sticks, glue, and scissors
- markers, colored pencils, extra crayon boxes
- googly eyes and popsicle sticks, pom poms, window glass kit, pipe cleaners
- foam kits, foam stickers and shapes
- protractor, compass, pens, pencils
- empty paint sticks and dried markers, beads and bottle caps, an idea book, broken crayons and my star mold
My kids do a lot of coloring with crayons. These all get dumped in a small rubbermaid bin. This is much easier for my 2 year old than trying to navigate the cardboard boxes they come in. Underneath that you will see a bin containing coloring books, stickers, and a few miscellaneous supplies.
About every month or so, I go through the crayon bin and pull out the really broken ones. I save them to make our own crayons. I don't have quite enough to make more yet, but I found this really great star mold at the Dollar Tree that I am excited to try! Won't those make fun crayons?
The bin with the crayons as well as our coloring paper, coloring books, learning worksheets, etc. all get stored in a higher shelf in my son's closet. My kids do have to ask to work on art projects, but for now this works well for as. As they get older (and my daughter stops drawing on the walls), I will make the art supplies more accessible for them. The magazine folders below hold construction paper and drawing paper in one and preschool workbooks in the other.
Lastly, I have my own office supply cabinet. I have a plastic crate in there that stores extra notebooks, folders, paper, , binder dividers, sheet protectors, etc. These are mostly for my use, but if my kids need something I have it readily available for them.
I hope this has given you some ideas as to how to organize all those glue sticks and markers and gets your kids off on the right foot for school! How do you store your art supplies for your kids?
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