With a small living space, we need to prioritize what children’s materials we keep out. We keep books on a low shelf and have a building area in one corner, but couldn’t really spare any more space. Greysen has been asking to write and draw, so it seemed time to make a dedicated space that she, and soon her sister, could access as they pleased.
I wanted a space that Greysen could get to but Moon could not – she still needs to be supervised when using scissors, and I wouldn’t want her to get a hold of the stapler either.
The drawer is at the perfect height so that Greysen may reach it, but Moon can not.
I kept to just a few things so that it would be easier for the girls to keep organized. The main art cabinet is the large one above (top picture). All of these are familiar materials to Greysen. She knows which markers work on the transparency and which will not. She can not work the stapler on her own yet, but since she handles it carefully I feel safe leaving it in here.
Ideally, Moon would have access to some crayons and paper at least, but I haven’t figured out where to keep that yet. This table is about three feet across from the girls’ play kitchen, so we keep it clear so that it can serve whatever play they are engaged in.
The girls are writing and drawing on a regular basis now. They’re loving this new space.