How to Help Kids Make Their Own Craft Box

Kids can have a craft box of their very own to store supplies for art activities. Organize basic craft supplies with these simple tips. Once your craft box is complete, be prepared for the flurry of creativity!


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Fishing for some activities to do with your preschooler? Let's tackle the problem together!

Here's a genius way to inspire kids to imagine and create their own fun. A kid's own craft box!

A craft box is a simple but effective prompt to support kids creative learning. This is where the fishing theme comes in! The craft box can be anything from a small tackle box or tool box, to a sturdy cardboard box with a lid.

Help your early learner choose a sturdy container, then fill it with a variety of arts and crafts materials. The goal is to make basic craft supplies available for child-led art activities.

How to organize a kids own craft box

What is the benefit of kids having their own craft box?

When kids help choose and stock their craft box, it builds developmental skills.

Kids learn to:

  • take pride in the care and use of the supplies.
  • plan the types of art activities they will do.
  • count and sort supplies, and keep a tally of what needs replenishing.
  • initiate craft sessions for independent play.


Kids can store art supplies in a small craft box


What type of container can be used for kids craft box?


1. A small plastic tackle box or tool box are both great options - sturdy; not too heavy; have a convenient handle; have just enough room for basic art supplies.

  • A removeable upper tray and a deeper lower box help sort the materials.

  • Kids need a clasp that is easy to open and shut.

  • The handle makes it convenient for little ones to carry their craft box to a work station. 

2. A sewing box or jewelry box you have on hand is also an option.

3. A shoe box with a lid can also be made into a craft box. Kids can decorate the box for their first art project!


Kids own art supplies box


What are the best art supplies for kids own craft box?

We filled the top tray of the box with pencils, crayons, markers, scissors and glue.

The bottom section holds paint and paper as well as bulkier items such as foam balls, pompoms, and felt or foam cut-outs. More choices include stickers, glitter glue, feathers, chenille stems, clothespins and cotton swabs.

  1. Provide choices of materials that are not too messy so you can allow kids freedom to initiate art activities.

  2. Keep just a few items at a time in the craft box so play is not overwhelming. Change the contents now and then, adding and replacing materials to promote imagination and creativity.

  3. Include your little artist in the experience of choosing materials from the dollar store or craft store to put in the craft box.

The most important thing is to make art materials accessible, and support an appropriate amount of independent play based on age and skill level.

So when you go fishing for something to entertain your preschooler, keep the idea of a kids own craft box in your toolkit. It will spark a flurry of creativity and support independent play.

Have you had a burst of creativity at your house lately?


Supplies for a kids craft box


Basic craft supplies for a kids art box



Craft supplies lists from kid-friendly bloggers


The Best Craft Supplies for Preschoolers / Teaching Mama

20 Craft Supplies Every Home Should Have / I Can Teach My Child

Craft Supplies and Organization / Toddler Approved



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