My little girl officially started her first year of school. Entering Kindergarten means I don’t anticipate she’ll bring home algebra equations in her backpack anytime soon. So you can imagine, we don’t need a homework station… yet. However, we do need an Art Cart designed to keep all her favorite crafting & art supplies organized and accessible.
I created our original Art Cart a couple years ago because my daughter has always been interested in crafting and coloring (read about it HERE). Recently, I upgraded it to a more inclusive cart for her growing skills and growing collections of supplies.
Not only does she love to create art on a daily basis, but I will also be “hybrid homeschooling” her this year. That means she attends a “traditional” school setting for part of the week and the other days she’ll stay home to learn with me. Learning - especially at her age - should be fun, creative, and colorful. So, it’s important to have all our early learning art supplies in one easily accessible location to enhance our homeschool days.
I did a very thorough review of several carts and finally landed on THIS one. Experience tells me we need a cart with wheels so it could travel from storage to the desk or kitchen table and back again with ease. The wheels on this cart swivel every direction VERY EASILY, which is helpful considering the way children “drive” rolling devices. Even better, I can lock the front two wheels in place if I want to keep it stationary.
Aside from the obvious aspect of organizing all the glue, paper, & crayons; we also needed a place to stash unfinished art projects. The top of this cart has plenty of room to use for that purpose. Often times she likes to make masterpieces at the kitchen table while I’m cooking a meal. Undoubtedly, she’ll have to stop the project so we can clear the table to eat. This designated “holding space” keeps my little Picaso satisfied knowing she can come back later to finish.
One last thing about the exterior of this cart, I reused an old gift bag to act as a mini garbage receptacle. Throwing away scraps and trash pieces along the way helps to shorten clean-up time afterwards.
Other than a few containers I purchased from a dollar store, I used what I had around the house if items within the drawers needed to be separated. For example, a small muffin tin keeps all those tiny embellishment pieces from scattering whenever the wind blows. Of course, if the tin gets removed from the drawer and dropped… well, you know how that goes.
Speaking of things inside the drawers, here’s how I organize our art supplies…
The first drawer contains crayons, crayons, and only crayons – which is very intentional. If we don’t want to use the whole ‘kit and caboodle’, it’s easy for me to pull out one single drawer and put it wherever little hands are coloring.
The second drawer holds other coloring utensils like markers, colored pencils, etc. I separated those items with plastic bins from a dollar store.
The third drawer contains stamps and stickers, excellent means for building dexterity.
The fourth drawer confines glue, embellishments, and tape. Art isn’t art in our household without sticky goo and tiny flecks of sparkle. Glue and scissors get their own dedicated bins and all those itty-bitty embellishments find their way into the previously mentioned muffin tin.
Fifth in line, a drawer full of paper, all shapes and sizes. From colorful construction paper to paper plates, we keep it together in this drawer.
The sixth drawer keeps coloring books together, because nothing passes time better than a good ol’ fashion coloring book!
The seventh drawer holds activity books (the kind that are more focused on education and learning).
In the last drawer, I keep Do-a-Dot art. We love this form of painting and skill building!
As for the finished artwork that she considers “keepers”, I wrote about how I organize them HERE and offer a free printable too! It’s my relief system when I’m overrun by colored pages and glittery glue drawings.
Finally, I labeled each drawer with a small piece of washitape. My daughter can’t read yet; in fact, she has the drawer contents memorized by now anyways. So the labels aren’t for her, more for friends and babysitters with whom we share our art supplies. The way I see it, a good label never hurts when trying to keeping things tidy.
That’s the way we “roll” (hee hee) when it comes to organizing our arts & crafts. I hope all of you with budding artists find this useful!