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Kids Art Area - How to Create an Art and Craft Space to Inspire Creativity

Updated: Jun 7

Take a look at our colourful kids art area perfect for getting creative + download a FREE pdf guide for designing your own art space!

Kids art space at home - peg board, table and art supplies.
Our art space is a favourite spot for creating and playing!

This is one of our favourite spots in our house! It was set up several years ago now and is still one of the most used places in our house for all kinds of creative projects and play.



Our art space is a multi-age space that works for our 7 year old and 3.5 year old daughters. Eventually it will be a space for all 3 kids as our youngest daughter grows.



*Please note suggested art materials for ages 3+. Always supervise scissor use.



Why set up an art space at home?


One of the greatest benefits of setting up a space for art and craft is that it allows your child to be able to create more freely and more often than if they can only use the supplies when they are brought out.


Providing open access to a range of materials means that a child is able to create and use the materials they select when they wish.


For example, when Miss 7 is playing with a small world and wants to make some props to go with it, she can come and find what she wants to make them.


If the girls feel like doing some watercolour painting, they are able to get out the materials themselves and paint.


Kids art space at home
A pegboard and table make a great art space


What we have included in our kids art area at the moment:


  • Clipboards with white A4 paper attached ready to go

  • A4 Sketch book each (from Kmart)

  • A range of drawing implements sorted by mostly by colour (coloured pencils, crayons, textas

  • Scissors, glue sticks, greylead pencils

  • Jars of small loose parts to use with playdough - buttons and gemstones

  • Jars of rock crayons and Crayola Colours of the World crayons

  • Playdough

  • Playdough rollers (Yellow Door brand)

  • Bowls and sensory scoops (for sensory play)

  • Furniture - Kmart pegboard, Kmart chairs, Ikea Flisat table


Kids art space shelves with art materials, crayons, pencils, loose parts
Our shelves hold most of our art supplies for easy access

We recently added in some coloured drawers from Spotlight to store extra materials in and to help both girls to access what they need independently. We also have a basket next to it for recycled cardboard, boxes and cardboard tubes. These types of materials are great for building creations.


kids art supply craft drawers
Art and craft supplies storage drawers work well.

The coloured drawers contain:

  • Learning resources

  • Wipeable resources

  • Playdough tools and cutters

  • Watercolour paints, brushes and water pots

  • Drawing tools - stencils, paint stix

  • Craft materials - craft punches, washi tape, pretty paper off cuts etc.

  • Paper

  • Stickers

  • Colouring books





We use a table top easel (QToys 4 in 1 easel) for this area as it is smaller and can be converted into a chalkboard, whiteboard or perspex for using with different art materials.


Table top easel Qtoys 4 in 1 for art in kids art space
A desktop easel is a great space saver!


Some important things to remember:



It doesn't need to be finished perfectly - make changes as they are needed


It is important to remember that your space will likely change as your child/children grow and develop new interests. Our space has evolved overtime and will continue to.


Making changes not only helps the area work better, but creates new interest too.



Do what works for you


There are lots of examples out there of what an art space could look like in your home. Use these as inspiration, remembering that your child's needs and interests are unique to your family. What works for others may not work for you and vice versa.



You know your child/children best


Follow your child's unique interests, add in things that you know they will enjoy and be interested in.


If you know that colour sorted pencils won't work for your child because it will just end up a mess - group by type instead.


If your child likes to pull everything out and make a mess you can limit how much is out at a time.


You are the only one that can decide what will work best for your child. Trust yourself! If you are not sure, try out things to see how they go.


 

Feeling inspired to set up your own art and craft space?


Here's the perfect resource for you ...


Free Guide

How to Create an Art and Craft Area to Inspire Creativity

Free ebook how to create an art and craft space to inspire creativity

6 steps to help create your ideal art and craft space

+ Printable planning sheets to plan your space

+ Printable suggested art/craft materials



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Thank you for reading this blog post!


I hope you found some inspiration for creating an art and craft space for your child.


Setting up a space to create in our home is one of the best things that we have done. It is a space that brings so much creativity, joy and special memories.


I hope that your art space has this impact too!



Until next time, have fun learning in a playful way!

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