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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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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