I have a confession. If you walk into my school room on any given day, you’ll probably see a mess. You’ll find crayons spread out on the table. You’ll see paper scraps on the floor. There will probably be a few open glue sticks lying around. And you may see some cups of water that have lately been used in painting water color pictures.
When kids have freedom to make a mess, they explore and create.
Become a “stuff” collector.
Place boundaries on the messiness.