If you’re just starting out doing Arts & Crafts with your children & looking to stock up on must-haves or perhaps de-clutter down to just the essentials, this one is for you. Today I’m sharing my ultimate Art & Craft supply list – the supplies we love & use most often. I know first hand how easy it is for Art & Craft supplies to get out of hand, so I am also sharing some of our storage solutions to how I keep my stash somewhat organised!
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Art & Craft SUPPLY LIST
You can find Art, Craft & Activity ideas for each of the following on our Instagram page.
Coloured Construction Paper
Paper Plates – We have recently shared some great activities with Paper Plates; Cut with Purpose with these Paper Plate Hair Cuts, work on Number & Shape Recognition with these Paper Plate Puzzles, or work on Memory with a fun and simple game of Memory Match!
Large roll of Butches Paper – We mainly use our Butches Paper to cover the floor for messy projects. You can also tape your Butches Paper to a wall or fence for a large art or painting mural.
Art & Craft Materials
Paddle Pop Sticks
Tissue Paper Confetti
Beads – Wooden &/or Plastic
Yarn &/or Twine
Soy Sauce Fish Pipettes (The little fish you get with Sushi)
Tools & Supplies
Glue (PVA & Glue Stick)
Washable Poster Paint – Mont Marte Art has a great range of washable Children’s paint.
Paintbrushes – We use ‘Bubblegum Brushes’ by Micador. They have a great ‘bubble-like’ handle, perfect for little hands.
Painters Tape (Masking Tape) – I have mentioned quite a bit on our Instagram page that we use Painters Tape almost daily. This is what I have used to teach Miss2 about boundaries with our Art projects! See below pic where we used our balcony glass as a canvas! I taped a large square of tape to the glass; marking the area it was okay for her to paint.
Safety Scissors – I recommend a good quality pair of short scissors with a blunt tip. Demonstrate how to hold the scissors, and help your child place their fingers correctly into each hole. You can also wrap a piece of washi-tape around the thumbhole of the scissors & a sticker or a mark on their thumb, to act as a reminder of where & how to place their fingers. Be sure to check out our Cutting Busy Box post for more tips & tricks for introducing scissors.
Ikea (KALAS) Bowls & Cups
Laminator + pouches
Pencils, Crayons & Washable Markers
Shape & Hole Punches
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Food Colouring (& Vinegar to help disperse colour)
Large Tub & Tray – Long under bed storage tubs are prefect for Sensory Play activities as well as storage for all your Sensory Play supplies. We also have a large plastic activity tray we use for painting & Sensory activities.
King Size White Bed Sheet – I lay a white bed sheet under all of our Sensory Play experiences. The sheet acts as our boundary. I introduced this to Miss2 at around 17-18 months old. Our rule is “It stays in/on the tray/mat/tub or it goes away.” With consistency, this shouldn’t take long for them to grasp. Clean up is easy, just bring the sheet corners towards the middle, causing everything to gather in the middle.
You don’t necessarily need any fancy equipment or tools to accompany your Sensory Invitations. Often the simplest of items from your kitchen and around your home can offer as many developmental opportunities as tools specifically for Sensory Play. With our Sensory Invitations we include bowls, spoons (large & small), measuring jugs, lazy susan, large cardboard tubes, sand toys, etc.
Art & Craft STORAGE
Storage is a question I get asked regularly. Being a crafty Nanny, I have a HUGE collection of Art & Craft Materials, as well as Play & Activity Supplies. I program weekly & cart my materials & supplies with me, to and from work every day. At home, I store all my supplies with IKEA Storage.
Images via IKEA
I have a KALLAX Shelving unit with DRÖNA Boxes. Each box is categorized & has a label on front with the boxes contents. I have a RÅSKOG Trolley with labeled glass jars. Inside the glass jars are all our Art & Craft Materials – beads, pom poms, buttons, pipe cleaners, googly eyes etc. This is my backup supply that I use to replenish my travel kit (pictured below).
I store all our Sensory Play supplies & tools in KUGGIS Boxes with Lid + Insert with compartments (insert fits inside the box under the lid). In my car I have another 2 KUGGIS Boxes – one for Toys & Activities we use often, the other for Arts & Craft Supplies, Books, etc.
If you’re low on space & looking for storage solutions for a small selection of Arts, Crafts & Activity supplies, I would definitely recommend one (or 2) of the KUGGIS Boxes + lid & compartment. They are heavy duty, stack neatly & aren’t too big/small.
To store a small selection of Art & Craft Materials – I use small divided containers to store a range of supplies. This also works perfectly if, like me, you travel with a Mary Poppins bag of goodies. You can usually purchase these from dollar or hardware stores.
Do you have any Art & Craft storage hacks to share?