I feel very strongly writing and creating art are extremely important for children. Writing contributes to language development and communication. It is quite a complex process. It requires more basic skills than most others. Creating art develops motor skills needed to write, visual learning, inventiveness, and language development.
Until recently Emme’s had free reign to create wherever she wanted. Her craft supplies sort of just exploded all over the house. While I don’t discourage her from creating elsewhere, I thought it important to create a space for her within my office. She likes hanging out with me while I work and now that she’s a bit older, I feel comfortable with her having access to her own paper and art supplies. Our first step was to empty one of my cabinets and fill it with all of her writing and art supplies. It now houses various types of paper (construction, sticky pads, composition books), washable paint, dry erase letters for tracing, coloring books, play doh, ink pads and stamps, and scissors.
Our next step was a trip to Ikea to find an Emme sized table and chairs. I let her choose the one she wanted. It’s important she feel comfortable and part of the process. Lastly, we came home and I gave her two options where her “office” could be. I had a few criteria for her spot- accessible, inviting, well lit, and easy to keep organized. She chose the spot and I got to work putting together the table. While I was building, I had her gather some of her favorite supplies and completed projects to hang.
She’s absolutely in love with this space and so am I. This was by far my favorite project. She spends a lot of time here creating and that is so fulfilling for both of us.