Welcome to our art playhouse! I’ve been wanting to share it for a while and finally have the chance. It’s 80 degrees in LA so we’ve been spending a lot of time painting, glueing and spraying in the playhouse lately. I feel so grateful to have this incredible space, built by my husband and our cousin Ted from the ground up. Yup, they’re amazing. Isn’t it beautiful? I dream of turning it into a real Reggio inspired Atelier. It seems we get closer and closer every few months. It’s constantly evolving. I thought I’d share a few of our favorite things to keep in our playhouse. I hope they inspire you in some way. If you are looking for ways to bring more creativity into your child’s like you might also like to check out my favorite art supplies for summer list.
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It’s definitely an anything goes space. We paint the walls. We paint the doors. We paint everything. I have a few go to art tools in the playhouse that keep everyone very happy and I pretty much keep them out year round. We love nancy bottles from Discount School Supply. They are softer than regular bottles, making them really fun and satisfying to squeeze for little ones.
I am also a huge fan of rollers. We have a ton of them. You can get them at Discount School Supply, Michaels, or if you’re lucky a local thrift store. I try to get as many art supplies at thrift stores, garage sales and flea markets as possible. I picked up some big shells on my last visit to the Long Beach Flea Market and we use them to hold everything. I love them! I also like to keep random little things in the playhouse that engage little kids. Little birds are a favorite. I’ve found them at Michaels and you can also buy an assortment of little pretend birds here. We’ve painted them, taped them, stuck them in clay, you name it. They look really delicate but they are pretty sturdy. Love these little guys. Spray bottles are also a must in an art space. We use spray bottles constantly. Sometimes I fill them with water and a little food coloring, other times I put liquid water colors, other times just plain old water. Regardless, my girls love to spray. They could spend thirty minutes just “cleaning” the walls of the play house. Spray bottles are great for fine motor strengthening too, which is great. We keep them hanging on an easel from Ikea. They’re only 14.99 and really nice and clean looking, well, at least it used to be.
Evolving canvases are a staple in our playhouse. Every once in a while Aaron’s Brothers has this crazy sale where oversized canvases are like 7 dollars. It’s crazy. Whenever it happens I buy three or four and it’s so worth it. If you can’t find a sale, you can always pick one up at a thrift store or hang up a sheet or canvas fabric. We paint over them for weeks and it always blows my mind how beautiful they come out.
Our playhouse isn’t reserved for art only. We play drums, sing, dance, cook and clean. It’s a magical space I am so proud of. I’ve always wanted to have my own atelier, and somehow it manifested in my backyard.