Have you ever watched a child make something, all from their own imagination? Something that never existed until their hands created it? Have you seen the confidence on their face as they find a way to make it work, make it beautiful, make it their own? To me, nothing in the whole world compares. I believe that kids NEED to have a chance to be creative like they need to breath. Sounds dramatic, huh? I can't help it.
I'm a big fan of kids creating, but it's the messiest. I am way too OCD for that nonsense. We've all been there---project spread out on the kitchen table for days, paper scraps everywhere. Or, the legos in the rug that surprise you in the dark. No thanks. In our last couple of houses, we've had an office or formal dining room that we turned into an Art Room for the kids. In this house, we decided to have the kids share bedrooms so we could convert a bedroom into a creative space. Hands down the most used room in our house.
If you can spare the space, I highly recommend it. You don't need a whole room, even a corner where they have permission to go wild will be a game changer. Here are some components we used that have worked awesome for us. And I plan to paint the walls, eventually (Beige isn't #1).