Want to see a child’s face light up? Tell them it’s time for an art project. Kids love to create! So today I thought I would put together a list of Must-Haves for Kids Art. These are things that you will need or want to inspire your kids to create masterpieces. Ready? here we go …
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15 Must-Haves for Kids Art
- Smocks – Before we even get started having smocks are a great start for containing the mess that is sure to come.
- Markers – Of course any decent art kit should have both thick and thin markers. They even have fun new chalk markers now. Tip: Make life a little easier and remember to purchase WASHABLE markers.
- Glue – Glue is another no brainer that you probably already have on hand. But just in case you run out here is a quick recipe you can whip up in an art emergency.
- Kiddie Scissors – Kids love cutting things out. So get a few pair of scissors. Remember to pick up ones for right-handers as well as left-handers.
- Foam brushes – Larger tipped foam brushes help spread paint and glue.
- Hole punches – Sometimes you just need a little hole to hang that masterpiece. Get a standard hole punch or one that punches out a fun shape.
- Crayons – I know you were probably wondering when I would mention this staple. Well, here it is. Get lots and lots of crayons. Both fat & skinny and of course washable is the way to go here too.
- Chalk – I mentioned the chalk markers on the market now, but kids can do so much with the standard ol’ blackboard chalk too. With so many uses indoors and out, this is a for sure must-have for art kids. Tip: Check out this awesome outdoor art station for kids by Where Imagination Grows.
- Pencils – You probably have No.2 pencils laying around the house, but be sure to invest in some colored pencils for your art kit too.
- Construction Paper – Gotta have paper for our art kit. Again, make sure to have both white & colored paper in your stash.
- Posterboard – I like to have different sizes and colors of posterboard around. You never know when you might need to make that last minute birthday card.
- Paint – This is another no-brainer. Kids love to paint! Want to see kids turn into little Rembrandt’s? Pull out a paint set. Be sure to get finger paints for some messy painting indoors or out.
- Kraft paper – I keep a large roll of kraft paper on hand. This thick paper is perfect for covering surfaces you don’t want to paint. You can also use it on your easels as art paper.
- Felt – What can’t you do with felt? You can make your own felt storyboard, books, crafts, hats, etc. You gotta have felt.
- Cricut – I don’t know what I would do without my amazing die-cutting machine! Really my Cricut has saved my hands. I used to have to cut out everything by hand. Well not anymore! It cuts posterboard, construction paper, chip-board, felt, etc. If you can’t get this now, put this one on your wishlist for sure! Can you tell this is my favorite?
Hey, I don’t think this list is complete! So tell me what you would add to our list of must-haves for kids art. Leave me a comment below with your must-have.