Sanity Saving Supplies for School Projects
By: Jennifer Cummings, M Ed.
Parents often wonder what teachers are thinking when they assign creative projects to students. Many times, projects for kids mean lots of running around for mom or dad to get art supplies the night before a project is due! With everyone’s busy schedules, this can often mean short tempers, tears, and midnight bedtimes before a project is finished.
But don’t despair! There are a few basic supplies that can help save your sanity when the project-monster strikes unexpectedly. Most items can be purchased at discount retailers or even dollar stores and can be stored easily in an underbed tote for when they are needed. Look for sales and after-season closeouts at craft stores, too, and add those items to your stores.
Here’s a great basic list of supplies to get you started!
· 1 package white poster boards
· Poster paints in all primary colors, plus black, brown and white
· Paint brushes
· Crayons or markers
· 1 package assorted colored construction paper
· White printer paper
· Colored paper scraps (may be from scrapbooking, wrapping paper, gift bags, etc.)
· Felt squares in assorted colors
· Brown paper bags (grocery bags and lunch bags)
· White glue and paper glue or glue stick
· Good scissors
· 2 tri-fold posterboards (for older children- great for science fairs, expos, etc.)
· Embellishments (extra pom poms, buttons, stickers, google eyes, various leftover yarn, etc. can all go into the kit instead of into the trash)
At the beginning of the school year, be sure to take an inventory and stock up on kit essentials like glue and paper; there are lots of great deals in August and September, so take advantage of the savings. Then, check the box every now and again, particularly if you know there have been a few projects made out of your emergency project kit. It seems like spring is an especially busy project season, so take the time to get your kit ready now, before the assignments come in!
By being creative these basic supplies can be turned into just about any kind of project needed and can save you a trip to the store. So, by planning ahead you can use coupons and sales to stock up on items that can be turned into beautiful projects when needed, saving you time, aggravation, and money.
Everyone needs life to be easier and a little less stressful, and while having an emergency project kit won’t end your need to burn the midnight oil on a late project you didn’t know about, it will make it easier to get it done!