An art caddy works as an easy way to organize art supplies for kids. Here are our tips on how to stock and organize one for your family!
Updated April 2022
We love an art caddy. Regardless of the size of your home or the age of your kids, an art caddy will help you organize your kids’ art supplies.
Used alone or with an art cart, an art caddy is great way to organize your essential art supplies – the ones your kids use every day. It helps make art supply organization manageable, especially in a smaller living space.
We also love that it can house just the art materials you want your toddler to use. With a caddy, they have some independence without access to the scissors and sharpies! And then, as they grow, you can supplement the caddy with more sophisticated art supplies.
Our kids love the portability of an art caddy. They bring it with them wherever they might be creating – the kitchen, the floor, or wherever the family is gathering.
We’ll show you some of our favorite art caddies and some materials you’ve got to stock it with, as well as some other ways to organize art supplies.
How to Set Up an Art Caddy
First, here are some art caddies we’ve used and recommend:
- Rectangular Portable Art Caddy
- Clear Plastic Art Caddy
- Set of 6 Art Caddies (perfect for if you have a wide age range at home)
- Wooden Art Caddy
Next, here are some of the essentials we keep in our caddies:
- tempera paint sticks
- crayons or oil pastels
- colored pencils
- kids’ scissors (if your child is old enough)
- pencils, erasers, and a pencil sharpener
But the best thing about an art caddy is that you can tailor it specifically to what your kids are into at the moment. Maybe they are exploring watercolor painting: keep a watercolor palette, an empty cup for water, and an assortment of paintbrushes in the caddy. Or maybe they are into card making (one of our kids’ favorite pastimes!): gather up some blank cards, pens, and stickers and keep them in the caddy.
Just as easily as you set it up, you can change things out to suit your kids’ interests.
We can’t say enough about this organizational tool! It’s big enough to hold a decent amount of art supplies yet small enough to be easily manageable by a child. How will you organize yours?
More Ways to Organize Kids’ Art Supplies
- How to Set up an Art Cart for Kids
- Stocking a Children’s Art Desk for Creativity
- How to Organize Art Supplies to Avoid Overwhelm
- 6 Ideas for an Art Room
- Why a Kids Art Room Isn’t Just About Art
- The Best Art Supplies for Toddlers
- Set Up an Art Room for Kids That Builds Creative Confidence
- Create a Kids Craft Room that Gets Used!
- The 25 Best Kids Art Supplies!
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