I’m always looking for ways to make therapy easier. It’s frustrating when I have an amazing activity planned, but I can’t find the materials!

I like using crafts to supplement my themed-based therapy activities. However, it can be easy to lose track of all the odds and ends.

I knew I had to do something to make this easier for myself!

Step 1: Choose Simple Crafts

The first step was simplifying my crafts!

Some crafts require a lot of little pieces. It’s easy to rack up quite the bill purchasing these materials, and we haven’t even found a way to keep track of all the bits and pieces! After a few “Pinterest fails,” I decided to only create crafts with a simple set of materials.

Side Note: If you’re looking for inspiration, the SLP Now Membership includes 50 different crafts that use a few inexpensive and easy-to-find materials. They also include visual directions, which work great as visual supports in therapy.

Step 2: Find a Storage Solution

Last year, I stored my materials in a therapy cart, which worked really well.

However, I changed jobs this year. I have a lot less space and am “on the go” quite a bit of the time. I needed something small and compact.

These craft boxes were the perfect craft organization solution! I found the satchels at a local craft store, but you can also find them on Amazon.

I love them because they’re stackable and easy to carry. It makes it so easy to keep everything organized!

Struggling to keep your craft materials organized? Check out this post for an SLP's favorite tips and tools for craft organization!

Anyone else obsessed with those compartments?!

I use one satchel with compartments to store odds and ends.

I use another satchel (without any compartments) to store the larger pieces (e.g., paper plates, paper bags).

Step 3: Reap the Benefits

Whenever we do a craft in therapy, I pull out the satchels. No more running around the room or digging through cabinets to find what I need!

Bonus! I may pull out the materials for my students, but–depending on the students’ goals–I can also use it as an opportunity to target a variety of skills (e.g., receptive vocabulary, following directions, and more!). Students can gather their own materials while practicing their speech and language skills. Perfect dual functionality! 🙂

How do you organize your crafts? Let us know by leaving a comment below!


Hi there! I'm Marisha. I am a school-based SLP who is all about working smarter, not harder. I created the SLP Now Membership and love sharing tips and tricks to help you save time so you can focus on what matters most--your students AND yourself.

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