After a full, eventful summer, my kids return to school tomorrow. Like lots of other families, a few weeks ago, we made our pricey trek to the office supply store to pick up loads of school supplies. While those school lists usually include lots of items, they don’t usually include everything your kids will need. Instead, they typically only include what they will need in school, not what they will need at home. So, this past weekend, we put together a kids’ DIY homework station, complete with plenty of room for work, plus all the supplies they need. Here’s how you can put together your own kids’ DIY homework station.
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Kids’ DIY Homework Station Ideas
Find a space
Before you set up your homework station, you’ll want to find a permanent space. If you don’t have a suitable spot, you can set up a portable station, but I think it’s best to have something that doesn’t move. A desk in your kid’s room is the best option, so you can keep the homework station set up all the time.
Buy the necessary supplies
Next, you’ll want to have the necessary supplies. Even if you bought some of these items for school, you may also need some for home. Here are some of the items to consider buying:
- Pre-sharpened pencils
- Pink cap erasers
- Loose-leaf paper
- Printer paper
- Index cards
- Permanent markers
- Reinforcement labels
- Post-it notes
- Tape dispenser (this is the dog one in the photo)
- 3 Drawer storage organizer
Set everything up
We gathered some painted mason jars, a painted aluminum can, and a small can from Target’s Dollar Spot to place the markers, pens, and pencils in. Depending on how crafty your kids are, you could definitely have fun making these yourself. We placed most of the school supplies (except for the tape dispenser, printer paper, and stapler) in the three drawer bin, so they will be right at my daughter’s’ fingertips when she does her homework. There’s also a folder that can be used for loose paperwork. There’s extra room in the bottom bin, so she can place any current books she is reading.
Now that it’s all set up, I’ll definitely have to make sure she uses this area each day when doing her homework. We’ll also make sure that she keeps it neat. I’m planning to make a similar station for my son as well, so they will each have their own homework area.