If you have these basic craft supplies in storage you are set for almost any kid activity.
I was always a craft lover, but ever since we have found ourselves in the self-isolation situation, we have been reaching towards our craft supplies to set up a kids activities on a daily basis.
So naturally I had to upgrade our supply stock with items like the ones in this list.
These are some basic things we have, that you can do almost any craft project with.
I find projects on Pinterest (of course) as well as on Instagram, where I see my fellow mamas enjoying doing projects with their little ones.
Watercolor palette / Tempera Paint Cakes
We reach for our water colors almost daily. It doesn’t have to be anything complicated for my little one to have fun with the colors. So I always make sure we have a palette somewhere.
Paint Brush Set / Foam Brushes
Almost every art project in our house includes using paint brushes or foam ones.
Make sure they are washable 😉
There are endless ideas of projects you can do with just a little colored construction paper.
**Suggested activity: RAINBOWS.
Clear Contact Paper
Contact paper can be used to seal your kids art project and make them last longer. You can use it to make place mats. Or some art-turned-into-activity for your window.
**Suggested activity: tissue paper kite.
You might have some tissue paper stashed in your present wrapping station. Did you know you can use it for many fun projects.
**Suggested activity: Tissue rainbow.
Pompoms can be incorporated in an art project, but also used for creating activities.
** Suggested activity: activity 1 or activity 2.
Somehow we always have a few of these hanging around.
**Suggested activity: Pipe cleaner activity
If you are a fellow journaling lover I don’t even need to tell you about the amazingness of washi tape.
**Suggested activity: washi tape with your toddler.
Adding googly eyes to your craft project is just fun.
**Suggested activity: Googly planters.
Here’s one idea for a project with these.
**Suggested activity: The possibilities are endless.
**Suggested activity: Key chains.
Washable glue / Glue Stick
If you are crafty with your hands, this can be a great staple to have in your art closet. You can quickly build pretty much anything, and let it dry over night.
**Suggested activity: Here is a simple project idea.
Learning to use scissors is a big stepping stone in developing fine motor skills, and it will help your little one in learning how to hold a pencil or crayon. Opening and closing of the scissors will develop muscle which are crucial for gripping and manipulating objects (like pencils).
It also helps develop eye-hand coordination, as the child is holding the object that is being cut (like paper, or a leaf) in one hand, and the scissors in the other. Which also makes them practice bilateral coordination. (each side of the body is performing a different task).
I never thought I would love painters tape as much as I do now.
We use this for setting up activities like Pom-Pom Drop.
To create an indoor obstacle course.
Or in various art projects.
This is a handy kitchen item to have for so many things. Our favorite is adding some dye to our water sensory play.
**Suggested activity: water-sensory play.
**Suggested activity: Rubber band printing.
We love using everyday items as craft supplies and set up kids activities with them.
**Suggested activity: Rainbow.
My love for dot stickers started with the @busytoddler Instagram account. Susie has so many fun activities for them.
**Suggested activity: Heart Stickers or Name Game.
These go great with the dot stickers above, for setting up fun activities.
**Suggested activity: Dot matching or Dot Patterns.
Even if all your paints and markers are washable, having one or two of these hanging around can be super helpful. I love the pockets that come with these art smocks, as they always come in handy.
Tool for grownups
These are some of the craft supplies only I use either to set up kids activities, or to make sure the craft stays preserved for some time.
Mod Podge – dishwasher safe
I use mod podge to seal things off. I don’t let my toddler use it herself, yet. You can turn many projects into durable art pieces just by adding a coat of mod podge.
PVC Cutting Mat
This is great to have around, so you can prepare all the kids activities without hurting your desk, or table.
Nowadays we do at least one or two craft related activities a day using a variety of these craft supplies. But there can be some set up and clean up involved. So when I just don’t have it in me, to get everything ready, we grab a board game instead. Its a great fun alternative, for the entire family.
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All of this just makes me happy! Mod Podge is my favorite. You have curated a great list of supplies to have!!
Thank you! We are living on crafts these days 😉
Great list, reminds me I need to restock some of these!
Great list of supplies for kids. I am constantly searching for supplies for my 3 year old to idle for sometime while I am working .
This is a great list! I taught art history for our homeschool co-op and have many of these supplies still on hand. I appreciate the links to different activities to try! Thank you!
This is a great list of craft supplies for many fun projects with little kids! Thanks for sharing.
Great list of things to keep on hand.