Post by Rebecca of Not-So-SAHM
One of things that drew us most to our new home was all of the fabulous outdoor space. But by the time we got everyone moved in and settled, we just didn’t get around to designing good use of the outdoor areas. We’ve re-energized our designing efforts this spring and first up is making a dedicated outdoor art space.
We already have a great art cabinet for the kids, but since it’s in our general living space, the kids have to clean things up as soon as they’re done creating. They do a good job, but I’ve always found value in having a space to get messy and create that can stay that way for a while. Kane has an awesome balcony outside of his room and now that we’re comfortable that the kids understand how to safely hang out there, we knew that would be a great spot to use as an outdoor art room for the kids.
The Land of Nod’s Linear Play Table was the perfect start — it’s a great modern design with plenty of organizing accessories. All of the pots attach easily to the side to hold a huge selection of art supplies and are super easy to take off and bring inside when the weather calls for it. And Kane and Cam were happy to each have a stool in their favorite colors.
In addition to the great table area, I added Nod’s awesome Artist’s Portrait Easel, paper roll, paint cups, and chalk + eraser for the chalkboard side. The kids hadn’t had an easel since they were much younger and both jumped at the chance to have one just their size.
And to add our own little touch of color, we included a DIY pom pom garland stretched over a hanging line for the kids’ artwork. They filled that up right away!
Our outdoor art area is covered, but we also bring in the easel and cover the table if we’re not going to be using them for a while. Or if it rains like it has so much in our neck of the woods this spring! If you’re interested in creating an outdoor art area for your kiddos, but don’t have a covered space, check out Nod’s Cape Play Table that is specifically made for the outdoors.
Thanks so much to The Land of Nod for helping us pull together this awesome space. Happy outdoor arting!!
Rebecca is a mom to two young kiddos and, in her spare time (ha!), likes to pretend she’s a back-up dancer, craft cocktails, and run long distances. A relatively recent SAHM, she blogs family-friendly activities, DIYs and celebration fun at Not-So-SAHM.