Creating a space where kids school aged can do work and pre-school kids can be creatively and practice their skills is so important in making sure you lay the foundation for good study skills.
When tight on space the kitchen table often becomes the best option. As parents prepare dinner; questions can be answered, daydreamers can be brought back down and the unmotivated can be re-directed. I had to create a quick and easy solution so when it was time for homework to pause and dinner to hit the table it was a quick clean up.
In a quick afternoon project we make this colorful caddy using
- old soup cans
- spray paint
- a ribbon
- hot glue gun
- toilet paper tubes
Wash and clean empty tin cans. Using a variety of sizes worked well for us. Peal the paper labels off and get ready for painting. Spray paint two coats of any color of your choosing.
Wait until dry and place a vertical line of hot glue on one can. Press it onto its mate joining them together. Repeat with additional cans until all 3 cans are glued tightly together. Place fabric ribbon around all three and glue where they touch the cans and each other. (The ribbon is purely decorative and doesn’t really provide any structural support in holding the cans together.) I suppose you could wrap the cans in some tight fishing line if you wanted more support, before putting the ribbon over it.
Using toilet paper tubes as dividers in the larger of the cans allows you to separate pencils from pens from highlighters from colored pencils etc.
As time goes on and you use this caddy more and more you’ll realize what you want to add. With a first grader we ended up making sure glue and a huge eraser were added. There are of course tons of other products out there that help solve this need. I’ve seen them made with plastic shower caddies and those are nice because of the handle. I’m sure this won’t last forever but it’s gotten 3 good years thus far.
Happy crafting, cheers.