Sometimes you run across a loved object and know that it's just perfect. But, you can't quite put your finger on what it is or what it will be perfect for...
This is.... a chicken feeder, used on farms, and it's seen a lot of good use and has an interesting patina to it.
So, I picked it up at a bargain price.
And we have repurposed it for the perfect art caddy for the kids! It fits in so well with my goal to live in every room.
In every room of our house (save the bathrooms), we have art supplies. We also, of course, have an art room where all major art projects happen. Sometimes my adventurous children want all of the supplies wherever they may be, inside or out.
We've always enjoyed the joy of spontaneous and mobile creation. I have many happy memories of bobbling toddlers and determined preschoolers walking around with buckets of crayons, as my daughters or my son would decide to plop anywhere and draw.
Now we have a chicken feeder converted to art caddy extraordinaire. Here's what every great caddy needs:
Whether it's a bucket or a shelved unit like ours, a great caddy needs to be easily handled in small hands. Sturdy buckets with strong handles work well indoors and out. Ours is a big piece so the handle bar at the top is helpful, as well as felt pads under the caddy to allow even small people to push this one easily from room to room on our floors.
I love seeing one of my kids creating, with the caddy pulled up right alongside.
2.Select the best of the best supplies:
When children are young artists, they may focus on one medium more than another. Until preschool, my kids were all about crayons. Now everyone has their sophisticated choices for what they want to use.
Our caddy currently holds:
- Scissors with many different edges
- Hole punches of various shapes
- Glue sticks and white glue
- A ruler
- A bucket of colored pencils
- A pencil sharpener
- A stack of small notepads (always ready to be doodled upon)
- Three crayon buckets (now that everyone is older, we sort them by primary colors for learning and ease of use)
- A pack of markers
- 3 small packs of crayons (great to grab if you're headed to the car)
- Finger paints
- Stapler and staple remover
We rotate the caddy supplies in and out as favorites come and go. What's most used in your house? Make sure your caddy is well stocked for a great invitation to create.
3. Make storage within the storage.
The dollar section at Target or any dollar store have great options for small storage. Keep old Easter baskets, sturdy gift boxes, and even plastic containers to help your caddy stay clear of clutter.
It also allows for easy sharing. One child can grab the bucket of gluesticks and basket of scissors to create out of construction paper, while another takes the box of markers and a hole punch for a birthday card.
Such a beautiful and clutter-free caddy might just inspire the grown-ups in the house to create and to bring that sense of spontaneous art making anywhere you go!