Thursday, March 22, 2012

Unschooling Tools:: For Creativity

Oh, how I am loving these Unschooling Tools posts!  Thank you, Stephanie, once again for gathering us all together! 

Creating has always been a major part of our world.  From a super young age we have always created with our girls, and as a result they have always been very creative souls.  I keep telling Dave how much we need a cabinet to store all our supplies so that they are easily accessible when the creating bug strikes and all of us can easily grab whatever is needed.  Right now, most of our supplies are stored in three bins.  The bins are stacked on top of eachother (with things stacked on top of the bins) so it does not make it easy for littles to get what they need on their own.  With any luck the aforementioned cabinet will be a reality sooner rather than later.

In our bins (and around our home) you will find:
  • Markers
  • Watercolor paints (We love the Stockmar tubs of red, yellow and blue.  Once mixed with water we store ours in the fridge in Mason jars-jelly size- where they will keep for a good long while).
  • Tempera Paints (in no spill containers)
  • Finger Paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Easel
  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Fabric Glue
  • Mini Paper Trimmer
  • Punches (various shapes)
  • Glue sticks (large ones)
  • Googily Eyes
  • Stickers (lots!)
  • Do-A-Dot Markers
  • Stamps
  • Stamp pads
  • Scissors
  • Old magazines to cut up
  • Construction Paper
  • Tissue Paper
  • Easel Paper
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Fabric
  • Wool Felt
  • Yarn
  • Feathers
  • Ribbons
  • Beads
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Brown Paper Lunch Bags
  • Homemade Playdough (so much better than store bought!)
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Rolling Pins
  • Garlic Press (makes great playdough hair or spaghetti)
  • Plastic Knives/Butter Knives/Chopsticks (for cutting and poking playdough with)


  1. Great list!! Love the idea of the garlic press for playdough, I have one in the kitchen I never use, Reece will be very excited tomorrow when I pull it out. I noticed tissue paper on your list too, I have not gotten any yet for our craft space, I think that would be a great addition, will have to get some soon.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Oh, I bet that he'll have a blast with the garlic press! We really should get another one so each girl can have one, but they do such a great job sharing that I just haven't added another into the mix yet! Tissue paper is loads of fun too! Lots you can do with that!

  2. I love having ours accessible. We actually have ours in a few different places, maybe close to a dozen shelves... then a cupboard downstairs for the acrylics, and oods and ends (plaster, wooden eggs, craft yarn, a gallon of glue, etc.)
    I love having everything at the ready for Madd. She utilizes the shelves and materials daily! :)

    1. I can see how easy it would be to have more than one location for supplies! Honestly, one cabinet probably won't be enough for us either but at least it will be a start (in regard to making things more easily accesible for Grace and Em)! My girls use these materials daily too and I just know that they would love to be able to get at them whenever the mood struck! I have a feeling that Maddie, Grace and Em would get along famously! :)