Art Supplies for Kids: The “Must Haves”


Whether you have set up an area for process art or you are facilitating loose parts play with an artistic focus, you are going to need some things. When gathering art supplies for kids, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer amount of products out there.

Below, I’ve compiled a list of our favorite art supplies to help you out. The creativity that abounds by having these seemingly random items on hand is nothing short of amazing!

If you enjoy doing arts and crafts along side your child, that’s great, too! Our author, Melissa, showcased how to make a high-contrast baby mobile along side her toddler. It was fun and the results were fantastic!

If you’re curious about process art, here is a great piece for you to read.

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List of must-have art supplies for kids

  • Colored pencils
  • Crayons
  • Art paper
  • Glitter glue
  • Modeling clay
  • Pom-poms
  • Googly eyes
  • Sequins
  • Glue sticks
  • Squeeze glue
  • Craft sticks
  • Felt
  • Kids scissors
  • Clear tape
  • Washable markers
  • Water color paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Yarn
  • Cotton swabs
  • Ruler
  • Chalk
  • Twist ties
  • Erasers
  • Craft feathers
  • Beads
  • Child’s sewing needles
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Stencils
  • Construction paper
  • Finger paints
  • Graph paper
  • Q-tips
  • Toothpicks
  • Tracing paper
  • Pasta noodles
  • Clay “knife”
  • Assorted magazines and newspapers
  • Paper clips
  • Items from nature (leaves, twigs, other loose parts)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Tissue paper
  • Ziploc baggies (for mixing, ect.)
  • Empty containers
  • Foam stamps
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Ribbon
  • Charcoal
  • Fabric pieces
  • Fabric paint
  • Rollin pin
  • Ink and stamps
  • Food coloring
  • Eye dropper
  • Clear glass containers (tempered)
  • Old t-shirts
  • Elastic cord
  • Scarves
  • Regular pencils
  • Mod podge
  • Double sided tape
  • Foam board
  • One hole punch
  • Stickers
  • Plastic plate (For paints)
  • Paper plates
  • Cutting board
  • Fabric glue
  • Wrapping paper
  • Notebook
  • Sketch pad
  • Stapler
  • Staples
  • Correction fluid
  • Compass
  • Highlighters
  • Dry erase board
  • Dry erase markers
  • Coffee filters
  • Magnets
  • Twine
  • Wet wipes
  • Sand paper scraps
  • Play-doh
  • Funky brushes
  • Wood pieces
  • Loose shapes
  • Buttons
  • Straws
  • Rubber bands
  • Plastic wrap
  • Canvases
  • Acrylic paints
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Sidewalk paint
  • Unpainted wood sculptures
  • Unpainted peg dolls
  • Glitter paints
  • Neon paints
  • Paper towels
  • Cardboard
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When selecting art supplies, it is important to keep the following things in mind:

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  • Your child’s age
  • Your child’s maturity
  • The level of supervision you are able to give

You may want to store small pieces and sharp items for when you are not able to fully supervise your child’s art activities if you believe they are not old enough or mature enough to handle them properly.

Click here to learn more about art supply safety.

When it comes to storing your child’s art supplies, you can use tips from this toy rotation article to help you out. Rotating art supplies for kids is a great idea, too!

An art station, stocked with the right supplies, can aide a child’s development of creativity and critical thinking, as well as help them develop the fine motor skills needed to develop their pincer grasp.

Art is so important for so many reasons. Give your child the gift of art!

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