The Best Art Supplies for Kids

Having a home full of the best art supplies for kids will help foster your children’s ability to express themselves. Art keeps them busy doing something far more constructive than using electronics or watching TV. And that comes in handy… especially during the winter months.

Being cooped up inside can make everyone go a little bonkers. Keeping a good stash of art supplies on hand gives children a chance to create art through several different modes. Whether drawing, painting, or building a foam pictures, almost every kiddo can find something that invites them to create art!

As you know, I love giving my children educational gifts. Art supplies make great stocking stuffers for Christmas, basket fillers for Easter, or inexpensive gifts as rewards for special achievements!

Stock your shelves with the best art supplies for kids to encourage creativity in your home! #art #homeschool

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The Best Art Supplies for Kids

It’s always been important to me that art supplies are readily available in our home. I want my children to feel free to go for it whenever creativity strikes. So, I keep all our supplies together on a couple of bookshelves in the schoolroom and the kids have full access.

Of course, that’s age-appropriate free access. When the kiddos were little, I only placed safe and relatively easy-to-clean supplies on the shelves. But since art can often be messy, we’ve always had an art table where the creativity can get a little wild without too much worry.

Just what supplies have graced our art shelves over the years? Oh, so many!

Drawing Supplies

Markers, crayons, chalks, pens, and pencils are staples for the art supply stash. Whether for sketching in a nature notebook or creating a masterpiece, we’ve kept variations of these items on hand for years.

Crayola 16 Construction Paper CrayonsMr. Sketch Scented Markers, Chisel Tip, Assorted Colors, 12-CountMungyo Soft Pastel 64 Color Set Square ChalkStaedtler 334SB20US Triplus Fineliner Pens (20 Pack), Multicolor

Paint Supplies

We used to do A LOT of painting in our house. So much, that I even allowed the kids to paint on the walls… as long as they were covered with craft paper. We also had an art easel on hand from early on. You can use a variety of different products to match the skill level of your kiddos. For example, instead of bringing out the paint brushes for your toddlers and preschoolers, use Dab & Dot Paint Markers for a cleaner painting experience.

8 pack Washable Dab and Dot Dauber Markers for Kids, Children Art Supplies for Toddlers/ Preschoolers/ Homeschool / Bingo - 200 Downloadable Dot Activity Sheets24 Color Pro Face Paint Color Set. Large 10-ml Jars with Applicator Kit. A Full 24 Color Rainbow Pallet, Perfect for Face Painting At Any Children's PartyOODLES OF Paint Brushes Kid's Art, Paint, Craft & Multiple Medium Beginer Artist Paint Brushes [Set of 25 Assorted Sizes/ Shapes] Perfect For Watercolor, Oil, Acrylic & Tempra Paints and MoreHonbay Plastic Artist Paint Tray Palette with 10-well Thumb Hole - Pack of 3



We’ve always had a large variety of papers that have not only come in handy for arts and crafts, but for project-based learning, too. Having all these different papers was an organizing nightmare at first. Stackable letter organizers helped a ton, but this colorful rolling cart made me even happier.

Colore 9x12-Inch Spiral Sketch Pad (1 Pack)Pacon 6555 Rainbow Super Value Construction Paper Ream, 45 lb, 9 x 12, Assorted, 500 SheetsAstrobrights Color Paper, 8.5” x 11”, 24 lb / 89 gsm, “Charisma” 10-Color Assortment, 200 SheetsPacon Spectra(R) Assorted Color Tissue Pack, 12

Sticky Supplies

Lots of projects need a little stickiness!

Washi Masking Tape Set of 24, Decorative Masking Tape Collection,Tape for DIY Crafts and Gift Wrapping Office Party SuppliesMod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue and Finish (16-Ounce), CS11302 Matte FinishAdTech Two Temp Hot Glue Gun for Crafting and DIY/ Two Temperature/Dual Temp for Heavy-Duty AND Delicate projects/Item #0453Elmer's All Purpose School Glue Sticks, Washable, 30 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticks

Cornerstone Art Supplies

The supplies listed below include fun items that can spark the imagination. Have you ever given your kids a few pipe cleaners, wiggly eyes, and a glue stick only to discover they are capable of creating an entire Dr. Seuss-style zoo?

WonderFoam 1/2 Pound TubLife Glow DIY Polyester Soft Felt Fabric Squares Sheets Assorted Colors 6x6 inch for Crafts, 1.5mm Thick 42PcsWikki Stix Art and Craft Wikki Stix, Assorted PackageStrokes Office Supplies 12 Paper Edger Scissors with Organizer Stand! Great for Teachers, Crafts, Scrapbooking (SBA5115)

Fun Art Kits

Art kits and toys can be an inexpensive way to provide creative inspiration and artistic training. We love giving these as gifts, too!

Crayola Signature Crayoligraphy Calligraphy Art Set, Hand Lettering Tutorials, Crafts Kit, GiftSpirograph Deluxe Design SetKlutz Star Wars Thumb Doodles Book KitPaint by Number Sunflowers

Did I miss anything? Share your must haves in the comments!

Art Classes

I thought you might like to take a peek at Eli’s latest artwork. Having lots of experience with art has prompted him to ask for professional art lessons this school year. These are three of his projects thus far!

Stock your shelves with the best art supplies for kids to encourage creativity in your home! #art #homeschool

We’ve also LOVED the video art lessons from! It’s a relatively inexpensive way to get professional lessons in chalk pastels. If you’re a little worried about too much mess during art, chalk pastels are a good choice. Chalk is also a very forgiving medium, so even inexperienced artists can create nice projects.

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