One of the best ways to organize kids art supplies is to create a Kids Art Cart. I love that this DIY Ikea Art Cart created with the Ikea Raskog Cart fosters open ended creativity in children and allows them to use their imagination and creativity whenever the mood arises.
Create a Kids Art Cart
I wanted to organize our kids art supplies in a way that allowed them to be accessible to the kids while also looking neat and organized.The Ikea Rastog utility cart was the PERFECT solution that enabled us to create a DIY art cart! I posted a picture of our art cart on Instagram to share with my followers and I was BLOWN away by the response I received. I guess many of us are struggling with how to organize kids markers, crayons and art materials. I figured out an easy way to organize kids school papers and I am extremely happy on my playroom organization, check it out at how to organize a kids playroom. I realize the importance of organization skills when it comes to being a mother.[instagram-feed]
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An Art Cart is the perfect way to organize our favorite kids art supplies. We love that it can be rolled to wherever they are working (or even rolled into a closet to restrict use.)
5 Reasons Why I Love Our Art Cart
- The Kids Watch Less TV – I find that by leaving these kids art materials out at all times it helps the kids watch less tv because colorful art supplies tend to be eye catching and more inviting.
- It is a kids boredom buster – The next time your kids are bored tell them to look at the Art Cart and see what activity they can come up with.
- It is great for Open Ended Art – The kids are more prone to explore their artistic and creative side by doing more arts and crafts.
- Our art supplies and materials actually get used. – I can’t be the only parent who purchased art supplies, markers, and crayons and then stored it in a closet where it never got used. By organizing and leaving the collage material out things definitely get used.
- It is very convenient – We do bi-weekly printable letter crafts that utilize many of our arts and crafts materials. It would be such a hassle to have to take out each item from a closet. By having it all laid out like this my 3 year old daughter can collect the material that is required for each activity. This art cart is used constantly during our toddler activities , preschool activities and especially when we are doing arts and crafts. The fact that it is a rolling art cart means we can move it to wherever we are working makes it a wonderful homework supply organizer too.
Organize Kids Art Supplies with a Kids Art Cart
In our kids craft art cart I decided to only put in supplies that I want my kids to be able to use without needing my constant supervision. I do not put big bottles of paint in here because I have a 3 year old. I would prefer to keep our craft paint off my walls. 🙂
If I didn’t have a 3 year old I would place paint bottles in the bottom tier to create an even more artistic conducive environment. For now, those colorful bottles live in a cabinet far from the reach of tiny little hands.
It is no secret that I’m an organizing junkie. I love looking at pretty organization pictures online and pinning these organization ideas to my Pinterest account. I’ve already posted about how I organized our girls hair supplies , and a look into our playroom. My latest organization accomplishment was finding a way to organize my daughters cutting skills materials. I created a printable preschool cutting busy box for this. It is beautifully organized and colorfully inviting.
Video Tours of our Art Cart
I have two mini video tours of our art cart:
- The first one goes into more details about the containers we are using.
- The second one is a quick update to show you how I have changed up the materials and what is currently in it. We rotate our art cart the same way we rotate toys.
How to create a Kids Art Cart?
If you do a lot of kids crafts and kids activities then somehow this helps prevent my markers from drying out when the kids leave the marker lids off. My kids feel they have to be more ‘responsible’. Yep, don’t ask me how that works in my house, but it somehow does. Maybe its because we worked out this system as a family. The kids gave me input on how they wanted it and let me know which supplies they use the most.
It is important to note that our art cart adjusts with the seasons and my kids interests. For now, these are the items that are in our art cart.
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- Raskog Utility Cart – I recently purchased the turquoise one too! Both of these colors are discontinued so the only place you can get it at is here. Because they are discontinued these colors are more expensive than those currently in stock. If you live in South Africa (as many of my readers do) you can find the turquoise cart and the grey one here.
- Containers and storage cups – look around your house to see what you have that can serve this purpose.
The containers on the side of the cart:
I’ve had SO many questions about the containers on the side. These containers seriously transform our art cart into something even MORE magical!
On the top tier of the craft art cart you should include items that your kids use the most. It has the best access and is the most inviting point to the kids.
I put the following items in ours. Please remember that this will differ by family and you definitely don’t need everything here. Pick and choose a few items and build it up with time.
– Washable Markers- the 12 Pack or the 40 pack for younger kids we love the pip squeak markers.
– Colored Pencils
– Twistable Crayons
– Scissors (for older kids). We use these scissors for our 3 year old and these for our older kids.
– Glue and glue sticks
– Watercolor paints (this is not too messy and is a wonderful individual activity for a child.
– Any stickers will do.
– Washi Tape
– Stamp Pad
– Do a Dot Markers (my favorite art material)
– Whiteboard markers (my daughters whiteboard is right next to the art cart.)
Tier 2: Organizing Kids Art Supplies with an Art Cart
This is where we store our favorite kids art collage material:
This is what is in the second tier. They are all in labeled containers.
These are the containers I have and absolutely love!
I labeled the containers using this label maker and tape.
- Pom Poms
- Googly Eyes (Mine were purchased from Lakeshore Learning)
- Colored Pasta (I purchased these at Lakeshore Learning)
- Feathers (mine from Lakeshore Learning)
- Craft sticks and q-tips
- Craft Buttons (if you have a younger child who still puts things in their mouth you need to be careful with these. I wouldn’t put them in the cart with younger kids.)
On the other side I have coloring books and our Do A Dot Marker books. (These are great for independent play. Especially when I’m busy cooking dinner and need the kids to entertain themselves. For my older kids I also have some of the Draw Write Now books in there (they are supposed to help teach the kids how to draw different things.)
On the bottom tier: I have things that I don’t want the little one to be as accessible to. Because I use the big containers on the sides, there isn’t very good access to this shelf. If you have nothing on the sides I would suggest you add the coloring books to the bottom tier. Since I needed ample space I didn’t do this.
In the front I store our fine motor scoopers, pipettes, and paint brushes. In the back I have our low temp glue gun, random extras.
For older kids I would suggestion you get one magnetic container and fill it with the supplies they need for homework. For example, pencils, erasers, scissors, and a glue stick. Then label it with their name. When the child needs it they can easily grab it from the art cart and take it to their homework area.
Our art cart is always changing and adapting. This is the beauty of open ended art.
If you are looking for art themed books that show your child that it is okay to make mistakes (like when a marker or paint drop spills) then definitely check out the books below. My favorite of these is, Beautiful Oops!
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We are always looking for the best organization ideas as I feel it makes a big difference for us mentally and physically. I figured out an easy way to organize kids school stuff and create a backup copy of the kids important documents. I have also shown you how to set up a kids playroom with some amazing organization tips! Check them out if your an organization junkie like me!
Looking for projects for older kids that we have done using this art cart?
- Check out these cool Fancy Hand paint Monsters
- Try this great Butterfly Yarn Activity
- I personally loved this Paper Plates Shapes Sewing Activity.
- Looking for the Best Preschool Kids Activity Supplies and Toys? Then you definitely have to check out this post.
- I love you washi tape and paint activity.
Have a younger child learning their alphabet letters? Check out these Printable Letter Crafts and Activities:
- Alphabet Letter Fishing
- Alphabet Letter Contact Painting
- Printable Alphabet Letter Crafts
- Letter A Crafts and Activities
- Letter C Crafts and Activities
- Alphabet Letter Playdough Mats
More Ikea Raskog Cart Ideas:
- Art Cart Ideas from Tinkerlab – I read her book and was inspired to create my own art cart like the one you see her.
- Crayon and coloring book organization
- Cloth Diaper Organization
- Bedtime Books and Toy Storage
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