How to Make a Kids Art Cart. Use a three-tiered rolling cart and fill it with arts and craft supplies from Oriental Trading to keep kids occupied at home.
My kids have been out of school since March 6 if we count spring break. Our school has been canceled here in Arizona for the rest of the school year, so they will be home until school starts up in August.
I don’t know about your kids, but mine are getting bored and restless. We have school work to do but it doesn’t take all day. I wanted to give them some options for creative outlets they could do on their own.
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I have partnered with Oriental Trading to show you how to create a kid’s art cart to keep your kids occupied at home. My daughter loves to create crafts (just like her Mom!). She is constantly going into my craft room to borrow supplies to make things.
We have kids art supplies in our small office, but my daughter often drags everything out into the living room, her room, or even outside. It is a huge mess and takes forever to put it all away.
How to Create a Kid’s Art Cart
Rolling carts are one of my favorite ways to organize things that need to be portable and to keep things contained in one small area.
I have four of them in my craft room for all kinds of supplies. I knew I could add all my daughter’s favorite supplies to a pretty cart. Then, she could take it wherever she wants in the house, and clean up is easy!
What to Include in an Arts and Crafts Cart for Kids
Start by assembling the rolling cart. You can find rolling carts pretty much anywhere now – at home improvement stores, big box stores, your local craft stores, and Oriental Trading.
I have an American Crafts cart, among others, and the emerald green is so pretty. For my daughter, I purchased a coral one from the local craft store. It is a fun color, and it matches her bedroom if we decide to use it for something else down the road.
Next, think about all the things your child might like to do when creating.
I originally thought I would purchase a bunch of craft kits to fill up the cart, but I decided to add general arts and craft supplies instead. She can use her imagination to create whatever she wants. Depending on your kid’s ages, add age-appropriate supplies.
Drawing and Coloring Supplies
Below are some ideas of what to add so your child can draw or color. You may already have many of these supplies on hand. Gather everything up, or purchase what you need and add them to the rolling cart.
I added all the drawing supplies to the top shelf of the cart. To keep things organized, I used this adorable confetti book storage bin to hold all the papers, plus a notebook.
The small white metal buckets are perfect for corralling individual supplies, like colored pencils and markers. These small favor pails come in a set of 12 and in just about every color you could want.
Add Craft Supplies
All of the different craft supplies are my favorite part of this cart. Here is where you can get really creative with what you add.
Below I added things that are appropriate for my 10-year-old daughter. If you have smaller children you will want to eliminate the supplies that have small pieces. Optionally, you could store smaller supplies in a plastic bin with a lid, and bring them out when you can supervise your child.
- Pom Poms
- Pipe Cleaners
- Googly Eyes
- Popsicle Sticks
- Self-Inking Stamps
- Washi Tape
- Modeling Clay
Once it is time to craft you need a way to assemble your craft supplies into new creations. So, on the bottom shelf, I added glue and glitter glue. You can also use these to make slime. You will also want to add some kid-safe scissors.
My daughter was really excited once we had the cart all set up. We rolled it right into the living room and she started to create a project.
She challenged herself to make a picture using as many of the supplies as she could! I was impressed that she used paper, glitter glue, washi tape, gems, pom poms, a pipe cleaner, crayons, markers, colored pencils, and stamps. I thought it was very creative of her.
Her picture turned out SO cute, and I of course, really loved her butterfly.
I hope this gives you some good ideas on how to gather all the supplies you need to occupy your kids at home. Purchase all the supplies at Oriental Trading. They have amazing deals on all sorts of arts and crafts supplies. Discount: Use code Squad20 to receive free shipping on any purchase of $49 or more.
How are you keeping your kids occupied at home these days?
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