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

A simple DIY craft box can help you enjoy stress-free arts and crafts activities with the kids. Keep supplies organized and ready so setups and cleanups are 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.

Benefit of art experiences

Supporting kids art experiences is always a great idea. Arts and crafts opportunities promote the growth of developmental skills including fine motor, cognitive, language, and of course creative.

The activities you provide do not have to be complex, requiring step-by-step instructions or a detailed list of craft supplies. Simply having paper and crayons within easy reach at all times is a positive way to promote a creative opportunity.

Related: Kids Own Craft Box 

Having craft supplies on hand allows for spontaneous crafting times, as well as opportunities for hands-on learning at home or in the classroom.

Benefit of a go-to craft box

 Organizing a craft box is a helpful solution if:

  • you have limited space to store supplies
  • you want more control over craft time, especially to introduce or practice a skill or other learning opportunity
  • you are engaging with younger children with limited independent access to craft supplies
  • you want to add messy materials such as paint and sequins


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

How to prepare a go-to craft box


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Start with a divided tote or storage box, maybe a tool box or tackle box. A box with sections will help organize the materials.

The size of the craft box will be determined by the size and quantity of the items you want to provide for everyday art activities.

Fill the craft box with basic supplies such as paper, scissors, crayons, markers, and glue.

Keep supplies to a minimum so both you and the kids are not overwhelmed. Replenish supplies as needed and introduce a variety of new items from time to time.

Supplies for a go-to craft box

Here is a list of basic supplies:

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

Supplies such as paint, 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.

If your craft box is large enough, you can add all the items you might otherwise store on a shelf or in a closet.

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.

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.


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


Early learning classrooms often have art supplies available and accessible on a shelf or in a cupboard for free time creative opportunities. While this is optimal, parents and care givers can offer amazing art experiences with the creative use of space and containers, and some basic organization.  

Enjoy your creative time with kids!


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