Wednesday, February 7th, 2007
Organize Kid Craft Supplies in a Rolling Cart
This is a review in two parts.
Part 1: When Did I Become a Crafty Person?
If your toddler attends playgroups, library events or daycare, chances are he does crafts. Glue. Tape. Paint. Stickers. Crayons.
Craft projects develop imagination, hand-eye coordination, handwriting and the all-important mastery of scissors.
My daughter’s second birthday included craft activities. We decorated foam hats with foam stickers and did a second activity so unmemorable we can’t recall what it was.
This isn’t rocket science. There are lots of toddler arts & crafts web sites to give you ideas. Visit the Michaels Arts & Crafts Store for supplies, or shop the craft section of the Oriental Trading web site for activity kits.
Pretty soon the baby room you spent so much time decorating 18 months earlier gets redesigned with paper crafts hanging from the walls. My daughter takes great pride in seeing her work displayed.
We’ve amassed a fair amount of craft supplies, but I wasn’t quite aware of it until I noticed a friend using a craft storage cart for her two kids. It also occurred to me that our own supplies are out of my daughter’s reach, and thus less likely to be thought of when I ask her, "What would you like to do?" Plus, out-of-reach means she can’t help me with cleanup.
Part 2: Review of a 9 Drawer Rolling Cart
We picked up a Rolling Storage Cart with a metal frame and plastic drawers at Costco this week. Its box had no brand name, other than noting it was imported by Costco. Online retailers sell the same cart.
At 25" tall, it’s just the right height for my daughter to maneuver around our house.
The cart has six wide, but shallow drawers (14"W x 17"L x 2.75H") and three narrow, but deep drawers (8"W x 17"L x 6"H). Plastic dividers are provided to optionally give several of the wide drawers 2 or 3 subcompartments.
Our shallow drawers are filled with coloring books, color construction paper, crayons, pens, colored pencils, paint brushes, stickers and rubber stamps.
Our deep drawers are filled with glue, tape, string, ribbon, foam stickers and miscellaneous other miniature items purchased in such large containers that we’ll need to hold a dozen toddler craft parties to use them up.
We still have a fair amount of room left in the cart. The one item I don’t trust my 2.6-year-old daughter with ready access to is scissors, so I’ll store them elsewhere.
The metal top of the cart has mesh-like holes
in it, although the surface is still sturdy. That could come in handy
if you use live hamsters in your craft projects. (Or something. I don’t
understand it either.) Actually, none of the drawers are air tight.
There is air flow around the edges.
If I have one complaint it’s that the drawers can be pulled completely out of the cart with ease, which is an issue if you have a clumsy or excited toddler. On the other hand, easily removed drawers could be handy in moving a whole box of stuff onto, say, your kitchen table where you’ll be working.
I bought the cart for $30 at Costco, which is less expensive than many all-plastic carts.
Here are several stores selling the same cart, or at least they’re using the same marketing photo as the one on my Costco box. The one purchased online costs $10 to $30 more.
Target and K-Mart brick ‘n’ mortar stores sell similar carts, but they’re usually all plastic, which I like less because the drawers typically don’t open as smoothly. If you do your own googling for other storage solutions, consider using the keywords "storage, cart, scrapbooking."