Toddler Activities: Arts and Crafts Supplies to Keep On Hand
Preparing for Toddler Activities
For those of you interested in keeping a few things on hand, here is a list of items you may want to consider.
As you do more and more projects, you'll figure out which items you will use more of than others.
I'll be updating this list as I find more items and you are welcome to make
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Many of these items are best purchased right before elementary school starts or summer programs.
Paints and Brushes
Ceramcoat Washable when wet, permanent when dry. Great alternative to acrylic. I found this type of paint at a craft store. Dozen colors for less than
$5 in small snap lid containers.
Watercolors: I use both the ones in the sets for children like the Crayola with 8 colors for "free painting." I prefer the ones in the tubes
when we do projects. With the tubes you can control the number of colors used, mix colors easier and you can control the consistency.
Elmers Non Toxic White School Glue
Aleene's Craft Tacky Glue (I like the Fast Grab Tacky Glue)
Fabri-Tac (for harder to "stick" items Adult supervision necessary)
Scrapbook paper or Cardstock.
Water Color or Drawing Paper
Crayola Brand Crayons (colors are more vibrant)
Crayola Brand Washable Markers
Paint Pens (Adult Use only)
Blunt rounded tip scissors (Fiskars brand are sharper and last longer than some other brands)
Measuring Cups and Spoons
Plastic measuring cups are good for children to handle
Pyrex measuring cups are good for projects that require heating in the microwave
These are supplies that I've used for multiple projects on the website.
Plaster of Paris
Things to Collect
For those who like to recycle, here are a few items that are useful to use when doing activities.
working with beads and small craft items
Sorting or storing items like beads and buttons
Paper Towel Rolls and Toilet Paper Rolls are useful for some craft projects
water cups for painting
cups for paint
Children's shoe boxes
Storing craft items like ribbon, beads, stamps, etc.
Containers like Cool Whip
Mixing things like Plaster of Paris
Greeting Cards Wrapping Paper
Pictures for projects
Various Arts and Crafts activities
Styrofoam Meat Trays
Containers for Storage
A definite must for Organizing Toddler Activities Efficiently and Quickly
Pencil Boxes for storing and separating crayons, markers, colored pencils (purchase at the beginning of the school year or summer school.
Small Baskets for organizing activities with small items like buttons, foam pieces.
Muffin Tins also work well for sorting small craft items. Also great for Math Counting Activities.
Tackle Boxes have many compartments that hold craft items neatly. Most are difficult for a young toddler to open as well.
Open Baskets great for storing and organizing books
Clear Bins with covers for storing craft items.
Clear Underbed Storage Containers are great for storing projects you'd like to save.
Craft Items We Use
Raffia in various colors
Stamps and Stamp Pads
Flat Back Rhinestones
Beads (Pony Beads, Handcrafted, Alphabet...just to name a few)
Chenille Stems (Pipe Cleaners)
Colored Tissue Paper
Craft Sticks (plain and colored, wide and thin)
Clear Contact Paper
Here is a list of stores where we get supplies for our toddler activities.
This list will most likely be only relevant to the United States. Please feel free to add other stores by contacting us.
JoAnn Craft Stores
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