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One of the ideas in Julie Bogart’s book, The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life, spoke so deeply to me that I immediately put my book down and sprung into action. I knew that a special enchanted art table would absolutely delight my children and ignite a spark of creativity. My children loved crafting with the materials I set out so much that I have now created several themed enchanted art tables. This St. Patrick’s Day art tray is the newest set of craft supplies for my children.
I do not have an entire table available to dedicate to creating an enchanted art space. We do most of our school work at our dining room table and eat all of our meals at our kitchen table. Instead, we have an art tray.
A large tray works quite well to create an art center. It lives in the center of our dining room table next to our pencil caddy, but can be easily moved if we need the space.
My goal with the enchanted St. Patrick’s Day art tray is to inspire creativity. I do not tell my children how to use the available materials. It is an open-ended art activity.
My job is to provide a variety of materials.
Their job is to flex their creativity muscles.
Enchanted St. Patrick’s Day Art Tray
I gathered these St. Patrick’s Day art tray materials from my craft closet and local craft store. Don’t feel limited by what is on my tray. Add whatever will make your children happy little crafters. No two art trays need to look the same.
St. Patrick’s Day to me involves lots of green shamrocks and gold treasure. I tried to gather materials based around those colors.
The first thing you need for an enchanted art tray is, well, a tray. This particular tray is about 5 years old and from Target. It has been used in multiple rooms around my house, but I think it has finally found it’s true purpose. Baby food jars help contain smaller items like googly eyes and pom-poms. The jar lids make fantastic open containers for tiny supplies.
You want a tray with raised sides to help contain loose art supplies. Handles make it easy to move the tray.
Straws – I found these paper straws in the party section of Target. They can be used to add height or stability to a project. They are also a great supply for making puppets.
Pom-poms – Green and white pom-poms are always a favorite craft supply with my kids. I think they like the soft fluffy texture.
Googly eyes – Googly eyes are just fun. Simple as that.
Foam sheets – Foam sheets are an inexpensive and sturdy crafting supply.
Brass brads – Brass brads (paper fasteners) are a way to join papers, but they are also so much more. All you need is a little imagination. My son looked at these for just a minute before joining two together and declaring it a miniature barbell. That is creativity in action.
Rainbow water colors with glitter – Pots of gold are hidden under rainbows, right? That makes this rainbow water color set a great addition to this St. Patrick’s Day art try.
Glitter – People seem to be sharply divided on the issue of glitter – they either love it or hate it. I’m in the love it category! It is pretty and it makes my kids happy. A few years from now, my kids won’t want to craft at the dining room table. I’m going to soak it up and make it fun while this phase lasts. I included two shades of green – fine and coarse, and gold. Glitter clean up tip – go straight for the vacuum. A rag will just move the glitter around, but a vacuum will suck it right up.
Foam shamrocks – These foam green shamrocks can be used as a stencil to trace or as an art supply all on their own.
Jewel stickers – These round sparkly jewel stickers can be anything – a decoration, part of an image, used as eyes, etc. The possibilities are limitless.
Foam shamrock stickers – Shamrock stickers of varying sizes felt like a natural addition to a St. Patrick’s Day art tray.
Thin Stix tempera paint markers – Tempera paint markers are a mess-free way to paint. They work on a variety of surfaces and produce bright vivid colors.
Glitter glue – Can you tell that I like glitter? Glitter glue is always a hit with my kids and the mess isn’t as bad as loose glitter.
Green satin ribbon – I have no idea what my children will do with this ribbon, but that’s okay. It’s not my job to figure that out. My kids will think of something.
St. Patrick’s Day stickers – Themed stickers can be a great decoration, but they can also be a interesting writing prompt.
Our St. Patrick’s Day art tray lives on our dining room (aka school room) table right next to our pencil caddy. The caddy contains pencils, pens, markers, glue bottles and sticks, scissors, and a ruler. These materials never rotate. They are just always available for my children to use in anyway they need. My children are also free to gather any paper that they need for their craft projects. I don’t bother including these items in our special art trays because they would take up all of the room.
What sort of supplies would you include in an enchanted St. Patrick’s Day art tray?
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