My boys receive a lot of arts and craft kits for their birthdays and Christmas. They really enjoy doing all sorts of projects and they are great to have handy to pull out during the cold winters of Indiana.
I keep these projects in a cabinet in the kitchen since many of them have ingredients that I don't want downstairs where we have carpet. But I also don't want to damage our kitchen table with the slime, glitter, glue, gel, etc. that come with these projects. So I have a simple solution.
I have $1 plastic tablecloths tucked away with the crafts. One will last us a year. I just shake it out in the grass and fold it back up, ready to be used next time. And the table is still in perfect condition!
That's what Works for Me. For more great ideas, check out Kristen's site. http://www.wearethatfamily.com/2009/02/wfmw-meal-planning-helpers.html