November 10th, 2010
Towards the end of fall each year we close up the porch and try to fit all the play that happens out there inside. Mostly it's art. We have a big armoire filled with paints and markers and paper and glue and acorns and cottons balls and whatever else could be used to make pictures or sculptures or collages. It's lovely to have a space where the two big kids can go whenever they have a need to make something, but where the crayon eating baby cannot.
Our house is about 900 square feet, so finding room for anything can be difficult, but art is very important to my kids (and me!) so we have to carve out space every last crayon. Last year I came up with the art box. It's a wooden wine crate I trash picked filled with art supplies that I store in our closet/office and take down whenever the kids ask. They can work on the dining room table (conveniently covered in chalkboard cloth) away from curious baby hands. Last year one box was enough, but over the summer it seems the materials we work with has grown.
After much rearranging, the art box has become the art shelf. Everything is organized into wooden boxes and labeled with chalk. I can take out one thing or everything and the kids can put it all away before I put it back in the closet. I'm planning to swap out things as the year goes on. Do you have any suggestions? Is there any good or unusual art material your kids are into?
On the bottom of the box some awesome kid scrawled in big letters KISS! Alive! and it makes me happy everytime I see it as I take the art box down. And makes me want to get out my old Kiss tapes.