School Project Contingency Plan for Parents

How To Be Ready For Any Project The School Throws Your Way

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Imagine your third-grader has a diorama due Friday and your teenager has a huge posterboard display due Wednesday. (These are real-life examples from this week, people. If it can happen to me, it can happen to you.) School projects can cause any normally cool-headed mama to be reduced to a frazzled, caffeine-loaded wreck, making 20 trips to the craft store and running in circles.

But it doesn’t have to be that way! If you keep a variety of basic craft supplies in your home at all times, it will greatly reduce the stress of the dreaded diorama and other school projects. I will admit that keeping all of these items around can work against efforts to reduce clutter in the home. For this reason, it is very important to make sure you carve out a space to keep all of your crafting things put away and organized when it is not project time. I have all my craft boxes hidden in a big cedar chest in my entryway! If my guests only knew!

cedar chest
My secret craft hiding spot

So without further ado, here is my list of recommended arts and crafts supplies to keep on hand when you have school-aged kiddos! All of it can be found at Joann’s, Michael’s, Walmart, or Amazon, but a big part of my “stash” is from collecting bits and pieces from gifts or leftovers from other projects.

School Project Craft Supplies

  • at least 1 empty shoe box (in case of a diorama)
  • poster paints
  • acrylic paints
  • paint brushes
  • feathers
  • beads
  • sequins
  • washi tape
  • twine
  • fake jewels (the kind with the flat backs that can be glued to paper)
  • glitter
  • buttons
  • pom poms
  • yarn
  • ribbon
  • scraps of fabric
  • felt
  • coffee filters
  • pipe cleaners
  • Sharpies
  • cardstock in a variety of colors
  • fake flowers and moss
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue– this is the BEST craft glue
  • popsicle sticks
  • Mod Podge water-based sealer
  • duct tape
  • a few newspapers in case of paper mache
  • tissue paper
  • posterboard
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For my kids’ projects this week, I only made one trip to the store, and that was for more posterboards and printer ink (It always seems to run out right when a project is due.) It could’ve been a lot worse. I am grateful for my craft stash, and I highly recommend starting your own collection if you have kids of school project age!

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