Where do you discover new kid-friendly crafts?

I love to read blogs! Bloggers are so generous in sharing free tutorials and lots of ideas for kids and crafts.
I also browse Pinterest and CraftGawker when I have a few minutes to spare - so many gorgeous projects and ideas to be found!

What's one creative product you would recommend to all moms?

Only one?! I think you can't go wrong with the basics - paint, paper, pencils, scissors and glue - so that kids can use their imagination. I have seen my kids have more fun with a few empty boxes and some sticky tape than with a fancy "craft kit".

How do you encourage your child to explore their creativity?

We have a table in our living area that is just for the kids. Under it is stored all the pens, paper, beads, crayons, glue and so on that they can use. There is also a box with random craft things - fabric, glitter, sequins, sticks, pipe cleaners, foam shapes and more. They know that they can pull out those things any time and create something. These days they use it for homework as well, but it is not uncommon to get up in the morning and find one of them folding paper planes or drawing something there.

What helps you stay organized? Whether it's a special coupon binder, calendar app or color-coded closet, we want to know all the little tricks and products that help keep your life organized. Please share a photo if you have one.

Tonya

My kids love seeing what our weeks will be like with the Weekly Calendars that I made. They can see "Every Week", "This Week" and "Next Week"
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How do you organize the area in your home where your kids do arts and crafts? Please share a link to a picture along with your response.

Tonya

A couple of years ago we created a space for the kids right in front of our kitchen bench. I can be working the kitchen while they are working at this table. All their craft stuff is stored underneath it. Now we use this space for homework as well.
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What's a fun arts & crafts or science activitiy that's perfect to do outside because of the mess? Please include a link to a picture if you have one.

Tonya

Chalk! I hate chalk dust in the house so I always take the chalk board easel outside. They usually move from the easel to the footpath, the brick walls, the fence! But that's OK because chalk washes off in the next rain and they have fun!
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