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Wondering how to dry kids arts and crafts projects? I was too until I realized an easy solution that I already had in the house and you probably do too!
Kids Art from School to Home
With my former career being mainly in elementary schools, I am very familiar with the huge drying racks for kids’ art projects that every classroom seems to have. They are awesome but super expensive. Once I had children who made messy art I realized I needed something similar but didn’t want to spend hundreds on a huge contraption that I would only use occasionally. Not to mention needing somewhere to store it.
After racking my brain for something that would work, it hit me! Baking cooling racks! (see what I did there?! ha!) The three-tiered cooling racks I use for baking would be perfect! Not only are they able to fold up individually, I can use just one or up to 3 stacked on top of each other, to dry up to six 8-1/2 x 11 pieces of paper…or rather, art. Plus, they’re multifunctional since I can use them to dry kids’ artwork AND to cool the muffins, cupcakes, and pancakes I often make for my littles. Of course, I try to remember to wash them in between uses…
As you can see above, it doesn’t have to be just for acrylic, tempura, and water paints, even bingo daubers soak through papers when littles don’t realize they don’t need to push so hard. It’s amazing how much quicker the papers dry when placed on a rack instead of just laying on the countertop.
One of my twins kept pushing down so hard on the bingo dauber today that the ink had formed several puddles on the page. I put it on the drying rack and it was dry and ready to be put in his work binder by the time I was done getting him and his brother down from their highchairs. I actually had put a similarly inked page on the table while getting them down and that one was still quite wet when the one from the rack was dry.
When all their art was dry I just wiped down the racks with soap and water and put them back in the cupboard next to the cutting boards until I need them again, either for drying art or cooling baked goods.
Below is a link to the one that we have and love if you’re looking for a cheap and multifunctional solution. There is also a link for the bingo daubers that we love.
Versatile And Durable: The 3-tier cooling rack is a must-have for any baking enthusiast. Its sturdy steel construction ensures durability, while its versatile design allows for effortless cooling of cookies, cakes, bread.
- Unleash Creativity: JoyCat dot markers set includes 8 colors and 6 painting stencils that are perfect for any art supplies for kids, learning & education toys, or party favors. These bingo daubers are designed to help children unleash their creative skills and boost their thinking.
- Bonus Activity Paper: Our dot paint set comes with 10 color printed activity paper and an extra 123-page PDF activity coloring paper for free download. It can help kids develop skills like hand-eye coordination, color recognition, and memory training, a fun way to express their inner creativity and imagination.
- Safe & Non-Toxic: Made with non-toxic materials, the bingo daubers markers kit is great for kids ages 3 & up. Each of the markers meets the requirements of ASTM-D4236.
- Washable Dot Markers : Our washable markers can easily rinse the ink with water, the large and durable sponge tip provides bold and vibrant colors that dry faster, minimizing the mess.so you don't need to worry about cleaning！Tip:Not specifically for whiteboard and may leave stain on whiteboard but can be washed using wet wipes.
- Large Capacity and Best Gift: Each marker has a cap of the same color that ensures a no-leaking feature. The easy-to-grip ink barrel contains a 2 fl.oz ink that is huge for using months after months. It's worth the money and is an excellent gift for kids of all ages, especially preschoolers, elementary school students, and toddlers.
Now that we’re homeschooling, I’ve been keeping one of these racks out in our classroom for whenever we have kids art that needs to be dried. It works really well to always have it out and I have put it on top of my son’s school iPad so it works as a little shelf where the iPad can be on the bottom and the art on top. Granted, typically when he creates art and it’s still wet, his iPad isn’t below the art.
As a mom of identical twins and a son two years older, I have gained invaluable experience in the realm, and chaos, of parenting. With a Master's Degree and Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology, I spent years as a school psychologist, helping children navigate through their educational and emotional challenges. Now as a stay at home mom and professional blogger, I combine my areas of expertise to help you in your parenting journey.