art room

Ideal Art Supply Cupboard


Ideal Art Supply Cupboard

It’s official…summer is here! Time for lots of arts and crafts. If you are like me, you want to keep the crafts simple. But what are the best art supplies to keep at hand in your cupboard? Believe me when I tell you that you need very few. Often we just use the same three: watercolor, markers, glue.

Design Mom blog had a great post this week about stocking your art room, or cupboard as they called it. They focus on the best 15 items, and it’s geared somewhat towards younger kids. But I think this supply list is not only a great start, it’s a great end! What more do you need?

Tip: My one favorite addition would be to keep a box of scraps to use for collage. My kids love collage and glue of any kind. It’s a wonderful tool to teach layering and depth.

A Kids Art Room


A Kids Art Room

I love this art room for kids. It’s so simple, but has everything you need. A quiet and clean space, a chalkboard wall, neat and organized supplies, and a place to display art. The chandelier is actually a laundry drying rack from Ikea…so clever. What a great place to let your imagination run amuck!

The Art Room


The Art Room

Our art room at home.

It’s right off the kitchen with sliding glass doors to keep the mess contained. It’s bright and sunny and indestructible. For many years, we couldn’t have any of the supplies down low. We always had a little one crawling or toddling around. Now that my youngest is five, I am able to keep the supplies out and right at hand. My kids, the neighborhood kids, play dates, cousins…they are all allowed to help themselves to supplies whenever the mood strikes them. Sometimes a tray of white paper and a basket of markers is all they need!

Tip: Keep some art supplies hidden away, and rotate them in. Keep the shelves clean and on the bare side. Less choices are better for the little ones.