Our Kids Can Do means easy.
And quick. And fun. And inexpensive.Usually we share simple crafts or activities for the kiddos in our KCD blog feature; however, this time, we're looking at it from the parents point-of-view. This one is for the moms, dads and caregivers who go bonkers over loose puzzle pieces, legos, messy art supplies, game pieces, and other pesky little things. Code it, group it, organize it, recycle it, protect it and even hide it!
The Ultimate Bucket
Must start with the coolest idea ever ... read about Aidan's 5 gallon art bucket, which has now been taken over by little sister Ellie. It's called Easy Art Caddy.
Keeping Track of Puzzles
Code the backs. To prevent a mix-up of puzzle pieces from different puzzles, label the back of each puzzle piece and the box or puzzle tray with an identifying mark. For example, a puzzle of a kitten could have a k on each puzzle piece and also on the box. Melissa & Doug puzzles have shapes on the back - a tiny circle, square, star or triangle.
Recycled "Pretty" Paint Trays
Take a cup holder tray that you would get from a restaurant, like McDonalds, and place yogurt containers in them. Fill them with paints and voila!, instant and sturdy paint tray. One container on the tray could be filled with water for brush rinsing. The yogurt containers are easy to clean and the trays become uniquely decorated over time.
Keeping Materials Handy
Use a three pocket apron that's similar to a tool belt to tie around the little artist's waist. Markers, small notepads, pencils, stickers, pens, and crayons stay tucked in the pockets so that they are never searching for these items when it comes to drawing time!
A Milk Carton Caddy
Cut the tops off four used milk cartons and glue them together (in two rows of two) with a strong craft glue. Reinforce them with colored duct tape around the base. Children can decorate them with their own unique style then use them to keep art supplies organized or collect materials for hobbies.
Storing Puppets (or Art Stuff)
Use a shoe rack! The puppets are readily available and easy to choose (and put back!) when a shoe holder is used. Use the kind that sets on the floor (or under the bed) and each puppet fits nicely over the area where the shoe is normally kept. An over-the-door shoe caddy might work too - especially for art supplies.
Have messy boxes or toys you want to keep out of sight? Spring tension rods and curtains are great for hiding clutter. The suspension rod can hide a nook in a room or even hang between two piece of furniture. The curtain doubles as a great display area where you can pin up art or provides a space for puppet shows.