Since most kids are crafty
or at least want to be, having a list of art and craft supplies
on hand is important to developing a future DIYer. Having a wide variety of supplies can stimulate their mind and help you, their parents and grandparents, get motivated on those family projects you have been neglecting to start.
Here is a list of essential art supplies to have on hand:
- Construction paper, tissue paper and card stock
- Tempera paints, watercolor paints, oven bake clay, and paintbrushes in assorted sizes
- Markers, pens, pencils, crayons and chalk
- Assorted buttons, beads, and rhinestones, and pompoms
- String, yarn, fabric scraps and scissors
- Elmer's glue, rubber cement, and glue sticks
- Old magazines and family photos
- Pipe cleaners, "googly eyes", and colored feathers
- Assorted size lids, jars and tins (make sure it doesn't belong in the art box before you throw it away)
The above list will help your kids get started on making collages, jewelry, paintings, note cards, pictures, and every animal known to mankind. As always, keep in mind that children of all ages should be supervised by an adult when handling sharp objects and young children can choke on the buttons and beads.
You can find art supplies at craft stores and dollar stores. You can also buy discounted art supplies online at DickBlick.com
. You can also subscribe to Family Fun
magazine, a wonderful resource for inspiring ideas on how to spend quality time with your kids. After all, aren't our lives all about raising a happy healthy DIY kid?