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Okay this list making thing is harder than I thought it would be! How do you know when to stop and I KNOW I am forgetting something huge…I just don’t know what it is!
I have been working on this post for a while know, trying to make it perfect. It really isn’t in any certain order, but here it is, my list of essential crafty goodness…when creating with children. I hope this helps you slowly add to your craft supplies.
Tissue Paper Squares HERE
We have used these A LOT more than I would have imagined. They add a great sensory experience to art projects. The tissue squares can be used flat or crinkled up and added to make something 3D.
Pipe Cleaners HERE
Here is another great way to add some great sensory to your art. One of my favorite ways to play with these is in play dough. My girls love sticking them into their creations. They are also very popular when make a quick beaded bracelet.
Construction Paper HERE
This is an obvious and needs no explanation! Hehe.
Foam Pieces HERE
So I bought a giant tub of foam over a year ago and I still have a third of it left. I swear we use it for every other craft so I am at a complete loss on how we still have so much! They are perfect sizes for little hands to manipulate. Great for glueing, cutting and even adding to other play, like play dough. Love this tub
Googly Eyes HERE
I add googly eyes to crafts and play dough as well. They are even fun in a sensory bin. These ones are nice because they are sticky on one side. But think about how you will use yours most, you might decide on the non-sticky type.
Water Color Paints HERE
- This is a basic every house should have. I know you can make your own…but I don’t. I whole heartedly believe in forking out the money for these. Ha!
Kids Paint HERE
- I would start with these smaller tubs and see if you use them up fast enough to buy the bigger tubs. These wash off easily and have great basic colors.
- I love this set because of the different sizes. They are perfect for all different projects.
We own every type of kid scissors. The training scissors are nice for beginning preschool age. They pop back open so your child doesn’t have to stress over that part. The Blunt Tipped ones are great for scissor savvy children, they easily cut through the foam pieces. The First Scissors are SO great for my toddler, she loves them and feels like a big girl working with scissors next to her big sister!
I prefer glue sticks to the messy squeeze bottles. If these babies don’t work I pull out my hot glue gun and bag the kid glue all together.
- LOVE these. They write on anything, tin foil, paper, windows. They are sooo smooth and bright. Only downside is they do smear a little.
- These things are always a ver top favorite at preschool! It is so strange! I don’t know if it is the size, variety or case but they are beloved in my home. Plus they are great for throwing a couple in a ziplock bag to take with us.
- Okay maybe I’ve gone too far….but oh well! With supervision these are also another HUGE hit with my children. It is as if they are born knowing they are never to touch a permanent marker…and because of that they love using them. Plus there are many activities where safe washable markers just don’t work. Be brave mommy! Hand your child a Sharpie, while well supervised, and see what happens.
Paint Brush Pens
- I could not find a decently priced set on Amazon, and I know I bought these at Walmart for 6ish. These are a great way to introduce painting with out paint. Ha! Seriously though, they are so fun and easy to use.
- These are a must! I use them in crafts and A LOT of learning activities. There are so many free printable that use DoADot markers.