Make it Easy to Create
Providing your kids with a space that they can walk up to is welcoming. A counter or table that is waist height for your kids will give them a chance to stand and create or create on the go. My kids use their studio to fuel their play. Their studio provides: confetti soup, birthday cards for un-birthday parties, bird feeders for imaginary birds, show tickets and more.
2. Keep it open.
Don't set an art time. Allow your kids to create any time. Allow them to come and go, start a project and choose to finish it or not finish it. Let them bring their inspirations to life the moment they happen.
3. Fill it with kid-friendly supplies
Kids should use paint, scissors, glue, beads, paper, cardboard, stamps, feathers and what ever else you can or can't imagine, however kid-friendly may not define the type of tools you provide but the quantity. Remember that if the studio is always open there can be many ongoing creations and ongoing messes. Limiting supply quantities can help you control creative chaos without having to limiting variety. Depending on your kid's ages some tools may not be appropriate to be there for easy access. Make sure scissors, etc. are stored safely. (P.S. This picture was taken the day the studio was finished it now has many more supplies and in-progress creations filling it.)
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