What’s In Your Art Box?

I’ve found in my years of motherhood that if you give your children the time and energy they will give it right back. One way I’ve found to connect with my children is much like my mom did with me; art. When I started out doing art projects back when my oldest was a little thing I always went for the most obvious things: coloring books, crayons, markers. As she got older her interests changed and then her brother came along.

I started scouring the internet for art ideas for the kids and the more I read the more I realized that more than markers and paper was going to be needed. I mentioned before in a blog entry that I got a basic art kit from Wal-Mart by Cra-Z-art. It looks like this:

ArtBox1

It came with the basic items:

  • Sketch Pad
  • Washable Markers
  • Washable Scented Markers
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Colored Pencils
  • Glitter Glue
  • Crayons
  • Twist Up Crayons

As I began doing more projects I added to it and now the contents of my art box look sort of like this:

ArtBox3

Additional Contents Include:

  • Washable Paint
  • Finger Paint
  • Assorted Paint Brushes
  • Extra Glitter Glue
  • Googly Eyes
  • Feathers
  • Jewels
  • Glitter
  • Gimp
  • Ribbon
  • Colorful puff balls
  • Glue
  • Safety Scissors (for them)
  • Sharp Scissors (for me)

I restock at the Dollar Tree,Walmart,Family Dollar, Big Lots, or Dollar General as needed. Other items I buys or collect miscellaneously are:

  • Brown Paper Lunch Bags
  • Toilet tissue and Paper Towel rolls (the inner tube)
  • Construction Paper
  • Cotton Balls
  • Rocks
  • Sea Shells
  • Sand

I am ultra OCD about keeping things organized because messiness is the bane of my existence. So, once I’ve opened up non-resealable packages, I simply store them in zip-lock storage bags. This allows for things to go back into the art box nice and neatly and mom doesn’t have to pitch one of those B word fits!

ArtBox2

So tell me ladies, what’s in your art box? Feel free to share tips, ideas or thoughts in the comments!

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