One of Luke’s favorite parts of preschool was called “creative corner”. It was a chance for the kids to work at a desk and create whatever they wanted to out of random art supplies. I cannot tell you how many telescopes, walkie talkies, and binoculars made from empty rolls of toilet paper he came home with. Anytime I asked him what he enjoyed the most at school, he would answer with “Creative corner!” and proudly display the creation he made.
In designing our homeschool/creative space, I wanted to set up an area for the kids to all be able to use and enjoy for years to come. I specifically did not set this up to be too heavy on the schooling front because this season of homeschooling is temporary. Crafting, puzzle building, and playing games are all things that we will do in this space for years to come!
Up until I set up this spot on the “stage” in our playroom, we would sit on the floor to play games and do puzzles. While I’m certain that will continue to occur, it’s nice to have a designated comfortable spot for doing artwork!
I specifically chose a table with a leaf instead of a smaller kid table so we can expand it as need be. It’s a little big for Emily right now, but nothing thrills her more than feeling like a big kid sitting in a big kid chair. We have a taller toddler chair that first perfectly up to this table as well, so we can always swap out one of the metal chairs for it.
I chose a dresser for aesthetics as well as function. I prefer closed storage to open shelving for art supplies as it generally looks more tidy, and this dresser has plenty of space to store all the art supplies, games, and craft materials one could need.
I also wanted an area where the kids could display their art, and found the perfect metal hanging magnetic strip to do just that. I did not want to hang a bulletin board up in that room since the other portion of the room is a free play area and I imagined tiny pins getting lost in the mix of all the toys. No pricked fingers wanted here!
I chose artwork that was fun, colorful, and fit into a creative space. Minted is one of the very first placed I look into for art and it didn’t take long for me to create a gallery with some creative artwork to fill the space!
I’m thrilled about how quickly this spot came together and how fun it looks. I always wondered what we would do with this random stage area in the playroom (we did not build this house), and I’m glad to have a functional purpose for it!
Art c/o Minted.