By Mei Yee
We used to never have an arts and crafts spot in the house. It was basically wherever we could do them in what we thought was a small space. The truth was I wasn’t very organized back then. I have learned since then how to be more organized.
I got some storage carts with drawers. This way, everything can be kept in one area but still can be organized enough for the kids to go through and get what they need.
At first, we didn’t have a specific table for crafts. So, I went to the dollar store and got some tablecloths to protect the table. I then later invested in a square folding table. This way, I could fold it up and put it in a closet when it was not in use. Saved on space.
If you follow our experiments, then that is the same table we use. I put a tablecloth on it for pictures as there is a tear on the top of the table. Have to bear in mind, it is about seven years old and has been through a lot.
Creating a craft space for your kids can be that simple. If you have the space (and funds) to build something more elaborate, then I say go for it! Craft supplies can be expensive as it is (especially if you need to buy them all at once). So, I like to save money any way I can.
From my experience, the kids simply like being able to do crafts and experiments. As long as they can do those, I don’t think they care so much about what their space looks like unless they want to personalize it somehow.
I did let them put stickers on the table. I have two children, and they each get half of the table, and they could decorate it themselves. They picked out the stickers they wanted and just went crazy with them.