Lately we have been trying to encourage drawing, painting and all sorts of creative expression, especially those that require some fine motor skills. My son has never been a kid who likes to color or write...until last week, when he started drawing random things and writing letters. It was a nice surprise for me and I want to continue to encourage this. I follow a lot of teachers on Pinterest, so I have seen a lot of "writing centers" that they have in their schools. I was inspired to make a home writing center.
What store did I go to first? Goodwill here in San Antonio. (If you know me, that probably would have been your first guess).
I found some ugly (grey and black!!) paper trays, brand new in package colored pencils and markers, and a basket (everything was .99 each). I even "splurged" and bought a fun stencil book too (it was .99 also).
I had some spray paint for plastic so I made the paper trays look way more fun in red. I added paper and the stencil book to the paper trays, and compartmentalized the markers and pencils in the basket. It is simple and organized enough for little people to enjoy!
This is such a quick project, and having a special spot just for my son's writing tools and paper makes me feel more organized. He is thrilled to have his own personalized space too.
P.S. While I was at the store, I scored some great kids clothing too! I scored a Lacoste shirt for my son ($1.99) and the girls onesie (Buster Brown, brand new Vintage!) dress and romper were .99 cents each. You never know what you will find, or when. Make a circle around the store and keep your eyes open. Happy thrifting!