So you’re a great parent who wants to encourage creativity at home, or a new teacher who doesn’t know where to begin…..let’s talk essential craft supplies for kids. I’m an artist and teacher and am here to tell you exactly what you do and don’t need….and stop you from breaking the bank!
Below you’ll find a excellent list that is genuinely based on my own personal experience and preferences from working with children. You can also download & print my super smart Kids Art and Craft Supply Checklist to help you get on track right now!
* The asterisked items are my “can’t live withouts”!
- Pencils *
- Colouring pencils *
- Paint markers such as Uni-posca Paint Markers
- Regular colouring markers
- Rubbers/ erasers *
- Toppers/ sharpeners *
Cutting & Sticking
- Kids scissors *
- Sellotape/ sticky tape
- Masking tape
- Paper glue stick, like my all-time favourite Pritt Stick *
- PVA glue
- Multi-use glue
- Paint brushes *
- Liquid watercolour
- Tempera/ poster paint *
- Acrylic paint
- Clean yogurt cartons for paint pots *
- Old glass jars for water
- Old plates for pallets
Paper & Card
- White printer paper *
- Coloured paper/ construction paper
- Coloured card *
- Old magazines
- Old cardboard
- Toilet roll inserts
- Wool *
- Coloured felt sheets *
- Coloured foam sheets
- Needles & thread
- Googly eyes
Print my Kids Art and Craft Supply Checklist PDF now to help you get organised
Jane’s Top Tips
- Rubbers/ erasers: Although they are essential, I try to encourage kids to embrace their mistakes.
- Rulers: I discourage kids from worrying about straight lines but sometimes rulers are very useful.
- Paint brushes: Round-head, medium thickness paint brushes, with a pointed tip cover a multitude.
- Paint markers – such as Uni-posca Paint Markers : These cost more than regular markers but are so versatile. They work on so many surfaces, and produce strong, vibrant colours even on a coloured background – I wish they had these when I was a kid!
- Crayons: Crayons are my go-to option for younger kids, but they are also fantastic for special projects such as water resist technique. White crayons are a must!
- Multi-use glue: Adult supervision is need with this as it is toxic, and very strong, but an excellent option for fabric, felt, plastic and wood.
- Acrylic paint: Although it is not on my essentials list acrylic is my favourite paint because the colours are so strong, vibrant and smooth. But it is not easy to wash from clothes, are is more expensive than the other more kid-friendly options.
- A3 paper & card: I always buy A3 paper and card because if you need smaller you simply cut it to size.
Jane’s ultimate Top 3 MUST HAVE items for unlimited creativity…..
- Coloured card
- Paint markers – Uni-posca Paint Markers
- Paper glue stick, like my all-time favorite Pritt Stick
What are your personal favourites when it comes to kids supplies? I’d love to see which of mine are and are not on your list. Please leave me a comment below!