Friday, March 11, 2011


Some people have asked what "basics" they should have on hand for crafts so I put together a list for ya.  Of course this is just my opinion :)

The Basics
  • Paint-Finger paint is best for toddlers because it's goopy (better texture for little ones) and it washes up easier.
  • Water Color Paint
  • Paint brushes (the bigger the better)
  • Paper-A pack of multiple colors of construction paper and a pack of card stock.
  • Washable Markers
  • Crayons
  • Glue (good ole Elmer's works best)

Useful Extras
  • Pom poms
  • Foam pieces (either shapes or sheets)
  • Bingo markers
  • Tissue paper
  • Marbles
  • Feathers

Handy Household Items
  • Cotton balls
  • Ziploc bags (buy them on clearance after a holiday and use a coupon)
  • Wax paper
  • Foil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Cookie sheet
  • Cookie cutters
  • Shoe box ( I keep one per child handy)
  • Cylinder of some sort (coffee can/formula can)
  • Ice cube tray
  • Food coloring
  • Shaving cream (the cheap stuff)
  • Sprinkles (I really don't like using glitter with little ones so they are a good substitute)
  • A large blanket
  • Old t-shirt (the best kind of paint shirt)
Things to buy cheap (aka clearance section of Hobby Lobby)
  • Unfinished wood items (frames, boxes, etc)
  • Clear Christmas bulbs
  • 3/4 inch magnets

I have found the best place to buy finger paint is a teacher store.  They sell the paint in pints for much cheaper.  Everything else I buy at Hobby Lobby or Michael's (watch for coupons).  Target sells a lot of the same things but they are way more expensive.  Make sure you browse the clearance section of craft stores for treasures!!!

I am sure I forgot some important things but it's a start.  Feel free to comment and add your must have art items!

Happy Crafting!



Ames, it's like you read my mind. I was going to ask you what type of paints you use. Thanks for the list of supplies.


Awesome! I don't consider myself crafty at all, but I think it's something that most kids enjoy and definitely should be exposed to, and this is a great list. Thanks for writing it for us!

p.s. I'm going to follow your blog! Such great info you're sharing :)

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