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Art Supply Storage
For Child Care providers
Type: For Child Care providers   Skills: Language & LiteracySocial & Emotional Skills
Organizing your art supplies and other materials will make things easier for both you and your kids. It’s also a great way to help children learn at the same time. Art Supply Storage
What We Learn
Organization skills
Responsibility
Print-rich environment develops language skills
Supply List
3” X 5” index cards
Old catalogs for school supplies
Clear packing tape
Storage containers
How-To
Gather the containers you are currently using to store items in. Your containers can be baskets or plastic bins or even shoe-boxes.

Go through an old school or art supply catalog. Cut out pictures of the items you currently storing in different containers.

Take a piece of clear packing tape and adhere the picture to an index card. Then write the name of that item under the picture. Finally, tape that index card to the side of the bin, so that the index card is clearly visible while on its storage shelf.

Instead of taping a photo of the item, you could also tape the actual item onto the index card. This would be easy to do for items such as feathers, or buttons, or yarn. Obviously, for an item such as scissors, you would want to cut out a picture, draw an illustration of scissors, or take a Polaroid photo of the item.

Organizing your items this way can help kids become more responsible by having them clean up after themselves. It will also reinforce the idea of organization and the idea of every item having its place. Kids receive messages from their environment and this helps them become calmer because they’ll know where everything goes when clean up time comes around. Also, the index cards with items clearly labeled also provides a print-rich environment that only furthers develop children’s language skills.
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