We love doing crafts in our house! It is such an awesome way to spend intentional time with our kids, while helping them to be creative with their minds and hands. In this post I will show you 20 basic craft supplies for kids that are must haves for their first art box.
Our favorite and most used craft supplies (for my three year old)
1. Crayola Washable Markers – Markers are a must have! We use markers with so many projects. Crayola Markers are easily washable in case in ends up all over our child’s face instead of their project, because you know, life happens! 😉 We get the big ol’ fat ones because my kids are still young and like to see lots of bold color when they are working with markers, but an older child may prefer to have a little more control with a more fine tipped marker.
2. Crayola Crayons – Crayons are of course a wonderful coloring tool to have as well. My daughter loves how many colors you can get in the large boxes of crayons. Crayons are also really good for coloring over objects that are covered with a piece of paper. Like a leaf, for example.
3. Crayola Colored Pencils – My daughter is three and a half, and is just starting to become more concerned with staying in the lines within a picture. Colored pencils are her favorite tool to use when she is practicing this skill!
4. White Multi Purpose Paper – I usually just buy copy paper and keep it in a pretty basket on our craft shelf. This is good to have for drawing and coloring projects. It is easy for kids to just grab a sheet of paper and color away, keeping themselves occupied for a few minutes while you throw some lunch together!
5. Construction Paper – Also wonderful for all kind of crafts and creations. Construction paper is definitely a must!
6. White Cardstock Paper – It is nice to have a small (or large, whatever floats our boat!) collection of different sized card stock paper. We use this a lot for creating a more solid backing on art pieces, or for making cards for family and friends.
7. Child Safe Scissors – It is great to have a pair of scissors that you feel good about your toddler using. Learning to use scissors helps hand eye coordination and promotes development of fine motor skills! The ones that I have linked are our favorite child safe scissors. They don’t cut anything more than paper, but they actually do cut paper, unlike some of the other child safe scissors on the market. When your child is past the toddler years they can, of course, practice safety and use real scissors for bigger projects!
9. Tape – Tape, tape, and more tape! My daughter loves her tape. Not only does she use it for crafts, but she also pretends that the pretty washi tapes are band aids for her stuffed animals! haha. Either way, it definitely comes in handy, and there are so many fun kinds to choose from.
10. Paints and brushes – There are so many kinds of paints you can buy for kids. My daughter loves any kind you can think of. A few of our favorites right now are just simple water colors ( We love this set by Melissa & Doug), and Do A Dot washable paint markers. They have a sponge tip applicator and can be used without water or brushes, so it makes for a little less mess.
11. Googly eyes!! – This is a big hit for most kids, it can instantly turn any project into a silly looking creature. I have to monitor my daughter’s use with these or else she would just have a whole sheet of paper covered in googly eyes. haha
12. Pipe Cleaners – There are good for all kinds of projects. Make flowers, or animals, or rings, or pretend glasses… The possibilities are endless!
13. Pom Poms – Pom poms are an awesome addition to your kids’ art box. They come in all sorts of colors and sizes and are fun for multiple crafting projects.
14. Popsicle Sticks – An awesome way to introduce building to toddlers! Make a tower, or a fence, or let them be creative with their own design.
15. Glitter – Now, this one may or may not make you very excited. It is messy… but, my daughter loves it, so we do break it out here and there, giving her pieces a final touch of glitz and glam!
16. Stickers – My daughter would stick stickers to things all day long if I let her. Her favorite ones are anything that has to do with animals.
17. Foam Shapes – Super fun way to decorate a craft, while learning about their shapes and colors.
18. Feathers – Great for making a picture of a bird, or decorating a mask!
19. Yarn – A fun color yarn can make wacky hair on a puppet, or drawing.
20. Play-Doh! – I know a lot of people don’t like the smell or messiness of play-doh, but seriously, it can keep my daughter occupied and happy for a very long time. It is a great way for them to get their creative juices flowing! This is an amazing set that comes with awesome tools for working with Play-Doh!
Of course there are several other amazing craft supplies available, but these are some of our favorites and most used! It is a great start for a young child’s art box.
Time to get our aprons on and get to work!
Crafting is super fun, but it can be a bit messy sometimes. Use an old T-shirt or one of these cute aprons to keep your kids from ruining good clothes. Then let them go to town with their creative little minds!
Consider getting your kids a little table to call their own. A special place for them to sit down and work on their master piece! It also saves the dining room table from the inevitable messes. We have one like this from IKEA and absolutely love it.
If you don’t have room for a little table, no worries, just put down some wax paper, or newspaper underneath your child’s art piece to protect your dining table.
Get in on the fun.
It is hard sometimes to put aside cleaning, or work that needs to get done around the house and just focus on being present with our kids. There will be times when you just can’t to do it. (laundry ain’t gunna do itself right?) But, it is SO important to sit down with them, put our to-do list to the side, and get in on the fun with them when we can. Dive into the art box, pull out some googly eyes and glue, and show them how to make a silly face. The best thing we can give to our kids is our love, attention, and time. They will remember sitting down to do crafts with you more than they will remember any one specific craft they make.
Be intentional. Be present. Build memories.
Until Next time!