A couple months ago, I was spending a rare moment on Pinterest. I came across the idea to create some craft bins for my soon-to-be three year old. Since living in Chicago, we have spent many days indoors due to the unfavorable weather conditions or my ever-growing pregnancy belly/lack of energy. The further along in my pregnancy, the fewer outings the Honey Badger and I have gone on. Now that I am 39 weeks pregnant, I am appreciative that I took the time to put these together…I never thought I would use them as much as I do.
I bought five separate, identical bins (stack-able, not too big). I labeled each with a separate day of the week (Monday through Friday). I didn’t include the weekend days, because that is our time with “daddy” when he is home.
I had all the supplies beforehand, as I have been accumulating paints, crayons, scissors, stickers, coloring books, activity books, markers, stamp sets, paint brushes, construction paper, play-doh and more!
It is EASY and INEXPENSIVE to accumulate these supplies. I have gotten almost all of them from the following places:
- Garage Sales – You can find brand-new craft items at garage sales for a fraction of the cost. You would be amazed at some of the amazing things people are getting rid of, either because they had too much or they forgot to use the items and their children just grew up before getting around to this stuff.
- Christmas, Easter, and Birthday gifts – If a family member/grandparent asks what The Honey Badger would like for a gift, I always throw out craft ideas. A lot of times, they are able to find things on clearance after “Back to School” sales or other times of the year.
- Hand-me-downs – If you know anyone with teenage children, there is a good chance that the kids no longer use some of these craft items that they were interested in when they were younger. Case in point: my sister and her family have sold their home and are in the process of moving. While going through their belongings, my sister came across some unused, unwanted scrapbooking paper, which I gladly took off her hands.
I first had a lot of this stuff organized in plastic totes with drawers with labels on the outside to easily find what I wanted to get out….but even this system wasn’t getting used as much as I thought it would.
As soon as I saw the idea for the weekday craft bins, I knew I could reorganize and utilize our supplies in a better way. Each craft bin has different items inside….here are a couple items that are in the Monday bin.
I also have some random stickers, a paint brush, and unused scrapbook paper in this bin.
We don’t get the bins out every day, so by the time she sees these items again, it may be a few weeks and everything seems new again. I also find that there are unused homeschooling items for 25 or 50 cents at garage sales. I will pick these items up, even if they are from early elementary school, because I know that time goes by so fast….and before I know it these items and booklets will be great supplemental material during school breaks, holidays, or summer vacations.
If you have any ideas to add to this or something similar, please share!!