How to Organize a Craft Box for Easy Art Activities with Kids

Providing arts and crafts activities for kids can be fun and stress-free with the help of a simple DIY craft box. Having supplies organized and ready to go makes setup, and cleanup, quick and easy. Check out these tips for creating a go-to craft box that promotes creativity, not chaos.

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Does the thought of crafting with the kids sometimes make you cringe?

Do we have time?  Will it make a mess? Where are the kids scissors?

Organizing a few basic supplies with a craft box is a great way to minimize the stress while promoting creativity and optimizing set up and clean up times.

If you already have a kids own craft box, you are probably prepared for spontaneous, as well as planned, arts and crafts play. Early learning classrooms as well as parents and caregivers often have art supplies available and accessible for free time creative opportunities.

Organizing a craft box is a helpful solution if:

  • you want more control over a specific craft time, especially to introduce or practice a skill or other learning opportunity.
  • you are engaging with younger children and/or a busy classroom setting,


Even if you have supplies organized in a craft box, open-ended art activities can be encouraged with the variety of materials provided to the children.

Here are a few suggestions to jump-start awesome crafting experiences!


 organize arts and crafts materials for easy set up and clean up


Start with a divided tote or storage box, maybe a tool box or tackle box. The size of the craft box will be determined by the size and quantity of the items you want to provide regularly for art activities.

If your craft box is large enough, you can add all the items you might otherwise store on a shelf or in a closet. This makes the materials more visible and accessible, and easier to maintain and refresh. 

A box with sections will help organize the materials.

Here are a few options:





Fill the craft box with everyday supplies such as paper, scissors and glue.

Paint and glitter and play dough can be introduced on days that allow for more time to prepare and clean up, or when you want to provide other hands-on learning opportunities.

Keep everyday supplies to a minimum so both you and the kids are not overwhelmed.

Here is a list of basic supplies:

  • paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • crayons and markers
  • pompoms
  • chenille stems
  • craft sticks
  • stickers
  • straws


Keep a drop cloth and clothing cover-up - such as an oversize t-shirt - in the craft box, or at least nearby to protect clothing from glue and markers.


craft box for easy arts and crafts organizing set up and clean up


What other basic supplies would you include in a go-to craft box?


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