Ergonomic desk space, eco-friendly colours and paints and lots of light are a must!
Arts and crafts deserve their own dedicated space, especially for the kids. Here’s how to make yours as attractive, kid-friendly and functional as possible—naturally.
Use Bright Colours
If your child is going to be drawn into their craft space, you’ve got to make it feel like it’s all theirs. Decorating with their favourite colours is a great way to make the space inviting.
Also, theme-based craft spaces never fail to impress and add an element of surprise to the space. It’s best to use low- or no-VOC paints to transform walls, shelves, furniture and jars for holding supplies with your designs.
Provide Easy Access
All the supplies your child needs should be ergonomic and accessible to them—after all, you don’t want to be fetching things endlessly, do you? Thrift for things like a low-slung desk with drawers, baskets, or muffin tins.
Brands like IKEA have kid-friendly, attractive and cost-effective furniture options too. You can, alternatively, repurpose and upcycle several items to keep supplies organized and accessible.
Once your child has created something, there should be a place other than the fridge to display it. Try stringing long strands of twine across the wall or a pegboard. You can use clothespins or paper clips to attach art pieces to the twine, creating a charming display.
If you want your child to clean up after themselves, make it easy. Include a small bin for recyclable materials—after all, much of their art will be made with paper. And include a small spray bottle of all-natural cleaner (a blend of vinegar, water, and essential oil works well) and a rag for more involved clean-up.
By creating an all-natural craft space for your children, you solve multiple purposes. While you encourage creativity and support their growth and development, you’re also instilling values of sustainable living, discipline, cleanliness and responsibility in them. Just remember to keep the design and decor simple. You don’t want this space to be a sensory overload for the little ones and pain for you to maintain.
So, haul that DIY kit and get crafting!