our art box

February 22, 2010

I found this book Razzle Dazzle Doodle Art: Creative Play for You and Your Young Child by Linda Allison and Martha Weston at Goodwill a few months ago.

It's not a book that you read to your child, but rather one you read on your own to get ideas for things you can do together with your child.

One of the suggestions in the beginning of the book is to set aside a special place for art in your house. Now, our house is pretty short on space. We do not have a play room, a basement, or even a guest bedroom. All of our activities take place either in the family room or in the kitchen. That's basically all there is to our house aside from the bedrooms.

The book went on to say that if you don't have enough space for a dedicated art table and shelf, you could simply use an old suitcase to house all your supplies. Then the suitcase could come out whenever your child is ready to do some art.

Now, that I could do! So, I went to Goodwill and found the perfect "art case" for Juliet.

It's a beat up leather box that has come to live in this very corner of our kitchen.

The best part about it is the fabulous clasps! Juliet loves opening and shutting them. (I kind of like opening and shutting them, too!)

I filled the box with paper, paints, glue, scissors, brushes, stickers, and some glitter and gave it to Juliet as a birthday present. I told her it was her special art box that she could play with anytime she wanted to do art. She immediately set to work on creating some "birthday art"!

This art box idea is exactly what I have been reading about on Tired, Need Sleep for the past few months. She hosts a weekly blog party every Monday! Check it out for more great art ideas to do with your child.

Do you have a special art place or box in your home? What are your favorite art activities?


Jamee said...

I bet she loves it!!

The Activity Mom said...

ok so I've been reading about everyone's art boxes and haven't done it yet. You inspired me! My goal this week is to put together an art box so we can work with it next week. So are you going to leave out the box for easy access or just get it out when you guys want to work on some art?

Raising a Happy Child said...

We have an art box as well in our dine-in kitchen that also doubles as a family room. I have to say that while it worked great in the beginning, Anna sort of got lukewarm to it pretty quickly. She is not exactly an artsy type and the only thing that she consistently gets excited about is those premade kits from Michael's and other places. She especially likes those that involve painting on wood.

Elise said...

I love the suitcase idea. I am sure many wonderful creations will come about through using the contents of the suitcase.

That book sounds like a great find. I'd be interested to learn about other suggestions and ideas that are offered in this book.

Adventure Mom Janna said...

I just went and loaded up on art supplies now that she is getting older but there still in the shopping bag.

We have an old suitcase that would make a perfect desk/art box. Great Idea!

Julie said...

That's a very creative way to store your art supplies. And I love her birthday art!

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