Table Protection from Crafts

Almost all of the children's crafts are completed at our kitchen table.  Though it is an inexpensive table, it is still worth protecting!  

Paint is messy.  We all know that.  But with young children even markers and stamps have the potential to be messy.  We protect our table with cardboard.  Seriously.

For years we just used a cut cereal box.  The bonus of the cereal box is that it folds nicely to store and reuse time after time.  Just remove the flaps and one of the narrow sides to make a reusable art area.

At the beginning of the year, my mother-in-law brought the cardboard from her desk calendar.  Though it does not fold like a cereal box, it doesn't have creases in it which is a bonus for older children!  It works fabulously!  

I highly recommend using cardboard for messy projects.

Above my daughter was writing a card for some family members.  She loves to decorate with stickers and stamps, and we encourage it.  She enjoys using a variety of stamps.  (Pictured above is a Melissa and Doug set.  I am not sure what the block stamp set is.)  Though she is not so messy with markers and stamps, she knows the routine and remembers to use the cardboard regularly.

~ Annette {This Simple Mom}


  1. Very nice. Protecting a table is a priority in our home also. We recently did a science experiment and I was grateful that I considered our table and had Christopher put a cookie sheet under the experiment even though it was not a step in the experiment or shown in the pictures. And it was a good thing I did because the experiment overflowed onto the cookie sheet and that mess would have been all over the table.

  2. We use wax paper here. I usually use the same sheet for about a week. We are still at a Playdo stage so it works wonders

  3. That's a great idea!! i need to try this :))


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