All kids are the same. When they are together, they always want the toy that the other person is playing with! I wanted to encourage my children to play together and cooperate, rather than compete and argue with each other. And I wanted something to keep the children occupied when other families come to visit. That way, the adults can chat without having to entertain the little ones constantly.
We don’t have enough space for a separate area devoted to children’s craft, so I guess I should really be calling this a children’s craft zone. The table and chairs are lightweight so I can move them around as the need arises (for more on this see my Lego furniture theory). Children’s furniture comes up quite regularly on Ebay so there’s no need to spend too much on this project. For the rest, just use what you already have to hand.
I used one section of the bookcase to store sticker books, colouring books and craft paper:
I used another section to store crayons and textas, and a box of scrapbooking supplies:
However, I don’t like to keep too many supplies in the craft area: it gets messy too quickly. I put surplus supplies away in a box in another part of the house. When I’m feeling really organised I put out a selection of materials ready-to-go the night before, to encourage my children to do something during the day, not just play on the computer:
They really like having an area they can call their own. And they love it when I sit down and make things with them.
As for arguing less? Well, kids will be kids!