Young children have great imaginations, and therefore, can be very creative. A wonderful way to encourage their creativity is to supply them with a child’s art table. These can be as elaborate or as simple as one would want them to be. Of course, these types of tables can be store bought, but a better treat is having one made by mom or dad.
Acquiring the Table
When designing the art table, the first thing you need to do is acquire a table. There are two ways to go about doing this. One way is to acquire a small, plain, wooden table already assembled. The other way is to construct the table yourself in buying the wood, cutting it out, and assembling it.
Designing the Table
So the table is accounted for. Now comes the fun part: painting the table. The color choices are endless. Let the child have a part in the painting decision. One can go with a bright and bold color scheme, soft pastels, or even with chalkboard paint. Chalkboard paint is great paint for children.
Apply the chalkboard paint to the tabletop; usually two coats are enough. The legs of the table can be any color. Once the paint dries, think of a design you would like to paint along the border of the table. Going with letters, numbers, or shapes is always an easy option. If you are not a good free hand painter, then look for some stencils at the local craft store. There are a lot of fun and whimsical designs out there. And remember, purchase lots of chalk, in many colors.
Supplies, Supplies, Supplies
An art table would not be complete unless there were art supplies to go with it. Typical art supplies include scissors, colored paper, crayons, markers, paint, glue, etc. Having a place to store these supplies so they are close at hand is important. Recyclable materials around the house would be great for this. The kids would enjoy decorating empty boxes and jars used to store their crayons, pencils, and scissors. Cardboard magazine holders are great for storing paper. Just pick up a few at the dollar store and give the kids free-will to paint and decorate as they want. Another idea would be to find a large, old tote bag or purse that can be painted. This would be ideal for storing the crayons and markers. Just attach a big, over-sized tack to the end of the table and the tote bag can hang from the tack or just drape it over the chair like mom does.