I’ve always wanted to have a kid-sized art table somewhere in my house. Before we finished our basement, I dreamed about how it might fit somewhere in our kitchen, but due to its layout, anywhere I would have put it would have been in the way of something (a door, a walkway, etc.). But when we finished our basement, a whole new world opened up! (okay, maybe a bit of an exaggeration, but still! More space! New space!)
Since my craft room is so enormous, it was no hardship to give up a corner for the kids to have an art area all their own!
Back in September, we set up this “Creator Space” (as named by Vivian, who loves to–in her word–“create”) in the corner of my craft room with some plastic drawer units, a kid-sized picnic table, and a cheap area rug.
When we got a backyard playset last summer, it came with a bonus kids’ picnic table. Instead of using it outside, we saved it to use as an art table. The rug cost about $20 and is from Ikea, and I thought that it was the perfect amount of whimsy.
The plastic drawers are stocked with supplies are safe for V to use on her own.
The rules are that the art supplies stay on the rug, and V can use the space any time she asks, even if she is alone, as long as she touches nothing else in the rest of the craft room. She is also responsible for cleaning up after herself.
Since B is still so little, I need to be in the room when he is “creating,” but that is usually pretty fun (until he starts dumping the crayons…;-)) B has really come to love coloring. He asks for “colors!” and scribbles away on paper. He usually tells me that the drawing is a fish, though one time he “drew” a sheep 🙂 Vivian loves the freedom to create whenever she chooses, and I love seeing how she creates “multimedia” pieces, using crayons, markers, colored pencil, and stickers. It was fun to see her start drawing on the cardboard tubes, and I’m looking forward to the day that she figures out 3-D structures.
I love that my kids can be working at their table while I work on my own projects in the craft room. It has been so much fun!!