General Craft Supplies
Our kids love to do crafts! In the summer months, on the weekends, or evenings when the kids have some extra free time they like to do crafts. Throughout the school year they have to do various projects for school so our art and craft supplies come in handy for those tasks as well.
The general arts and crafts supplies are stored in our storage closet on one of our shelves in individual containers labeled with what is inside each one. Whenever the kids want to do a craft or need something specific all they have to do is get the container out, use whatever item they need, and put the container back once they are finished. If they use up all of one particular item they write that item on the grocery / shopping list (or tell us if we are nearby so we can add it).
When the kids were younger we had a lot more containers of art and crafts supplies. Now we have narrowed it down to the supplies they use the most and will fit on one shelf in the storage room. We still have a couple drawers and other containers on the very bottom shelf for specialty or specific items that do not fit into these categories, but they are easy to access when they need them as well. Also, the girls have crafts that were give to them in their own rooms, Organized Chaos: Kids Crafts & Activities.
These small containers with lids that we used for the arts and crafts supplies, you can find for a $1 at Dollar Tree, have been very useful in helping our family get organized! Once the items are placed in containers, we put the lid on, and label them. We picked up the shelving a long time ago at Sam’s Club, but you can find it at a number of stores including Walmart, KMart, Target, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and more.
Here are some of the container labels we used for our arts and crafts supplies to get you started:
Our organized storage room – the top shelf in this picture is where the arts & crafts supplies are located!
My EcoSphere Closed Aquatic Ecosystem Aquarium & New Stand
My handsome man made me a 3D printed stand for the EcoSphere Closed Aquatic Ecosystem Aquarium. The aquarium has been sitting on the dresser downstairs which has a glass top so it can easily slide. The stand helps it stay in place on the dresser. When you look through the aquarium at the stand the blue look like waves. Thankful for a thoughtful husband who uses his 3D printer to make items that can be used around the house.
3D Printed Stand for my Aquarium!
The aquarium looks pretty cool with its new blue 3D printed stand!
Brina and Karlie at the Pickens County Museum!
The girls have had a very busy 4th grade school year. We are very proud of all that they have been able to learn and accomplish over the course of this school year. While we know they work hard sometimes we as parents are blown away at the things they are able to do. Yes, we realize they are growing up!
It is exciting to see their talents and interests continue to develop and grow as they get older. Neither Jake nor I would consider ourselves as artistic (I can barely draw stick figures, seriously, ask my family). Yet Karlie had two pieces of her artwork selected to be part of her schools display at the Pickens County Museum for an entire month. It is a big honor to have any pieces of your artwork up on display at our local museum. We were proud of her!
Karlie all smiles as she stands next to her metal artwork piece which she named “Zip”. She was 1 of only 2 selected out of the entire 4th grade selected for this piece.
Karlie’s “Zip” metal art!
Karlie’s self-portrait was selected for display at the Pickens County Museum. Her art teacher selected the ones that would be on display in the Museum for the entire month.
Close up of her self-portrait. She got her artist talents from her grandparents!
Beginning in 4th grade the girls started learning how to play the recorder! Karlie LOVED it and would go outside and practice on the deck. She would play her special music for Skipper. I forgot how shrill those instruments could be and when you have two kids that play them…..well let’s just say I requested that they practice outside for the animals. I could still hear it inside, but it wasn’t as loud. Also, they didn’t ever practice together because it was a little hard to actual work on skills. I think Karlie really enjoyed the noise!
Making sure she has her hand in the right position.
Practicing on the back deck on a rainy afternoon!
In science during their electricity unit they built items out of recycled goods that conducted electricity. They had to put together a homemade lamp that could light a lightbulb. Below are the two designs that the girls came up with for their lamps. The teacher sent home the non-breakable pieces of the project. It was a great hands on way to teach the kids about conducting electricity.
Brina’s electricity project.
Karlie’s electricity project!
Skipper claiming a new bed on the back porch!
Earlier in the day the girls were out on the back porch coloring and drawing in a couple big boxes we gave them to play with. The girls get so excited about getting large boxes to play with around the house. Every time we get a box or a group of boxes of any size they usually ask for permission to use them for their play time. Jake and I try to give them as many opportunities to explore creative play, but sometimes the boxes hang around for longer than intended or can get in the way or make a mess with all the “decorating” paraphernalia scattered around.
Sometimes when the boxes are big, taking over the house, and it is going to be a sunny day we will send the kids with their goodies outside. They have been know to play with boxes building various forts and structures for hours. Skipper loves it any time the kids are outside playing. She usually hops right in the middle of everything and at times is in the way, but the kids and the dog love it!
Skipper snacking on a treat from the kids.
Even after the girls came inside Skipper decided to hang out in their box.
Waking up from a nap in the box. She slept in the boxes for several hours in the sun that day. I am not sure who enjoyed it most the kids or Skipper.