Saturday, November 17, 2012

Sorting Writing Materials

Frustrated with how our art materials have been stored around our house, I decided to have the kids organize the writing materials in a way that would be meaningful and aesthetic.

This is what they used to look like...not very inviting at all. 

We decided to organize them by colour using a large wicker basket and small clear drinking cups as holders.

Instead of worrying about what type of tool it was, we decided to sort by common colour.

This lead to some rich discussion about how one colour has many different shades and how some colours can fit into many different groups (e.g., aqua blue could be placed in the green or blue group).

The result! A beautiful, inviting way to store our writing tools that looks nice displayed on a living room shelf. I've noticed the kids have been very keen to draw pictures and writing letters since spending time sorting!

How do you organize your writing tools?

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