If your child drags out markers and paper at every opportunity you may have a budding artist on your hands. As parents we all want to nurture the talents and interests of our children, but let's face it, art can be a bit messy! So if you find yourself yelling at them to put their things away more often than not, try creating a space for art in your home instead.
I know that sounds extravagant... but it doesn't have to be a dedicated room, (faint... what a dream!) it can be just a huge clear plastic bin for art supplies or maybe a shelf in their bedroom. Here are a few tips to get started.
1) Make it accessible. Art supplies just have to be within their reach or what's the point. You want them to be able to get things without having to ask and put them away on their own as well.
2) Stock it well. Make a trip to the art store or book store and buy some paper, markers, crayons, paints, child-safe scissors etc and watch them go crazy.
3) Have somewhere for them to set up and sit. It's ideal to have a child size table and chair but you can improvise. My children sit at my coffee table on a pair of small stools. Wherever you choose will become their go-to spot to create. You just need to set things up once and it will take off from there.
4) Somewhere to display art. PriceSmart has a nice corkboard that you can use as your child's rotating art gallery. As new art gets produced you take down the old ones and file them away!
Just for fun and inspiration take a look at how this person set up an art space for her kids.
If you have any tips on what you have done or maybe questions or comments leave them below!
Have a great day!
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