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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 suggestions any using our contact form or visiting our interactive blog.

Basic Supplies

Many of these items are best purchased right before elementary school starts or summer programs. Paints and Brushes
  • Tempera
  • 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.
  • Acrylic
  • 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.
  • Glue
  • Elmers Non Toxic White School Glue
  • Glue Sticks
  • Aleene's Craft Tacky Glue (I like the Fast Grab Tacky Glue)
  • Fabri-Tac (for harder to "stick" items Adult supervision necessary)
  • Glitter Glue

  • Paper
  • Construction Paper
  • Scrapbook paper or Cardstock.
  • Newsprint
  • Water Color or Drawing Paper
  • Waxed Paper
  • Writing Supplies
  • Colored Pencils
  • Crayola Brand Crayons (colors are more vibrant)
  • Crayola Brand Washable Markers
  • Craypas
  • Paint Pens (Adult Use only)
  • Scissors
  • Blunt rounded tip scissors (Fiskars brand are sharper and last longer than some other brands)
  • Craft Scissors
  • 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
  • Special Supplies

    These are supplies that I've used for multiple projects on the website.

  • Plaster of Paris

  • 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.
    Styrofoam Meat Trays
  • working with beads and small craft items
  • printing
  • Eggcartons
  • eggcarton crafts
  • Sorting or storing items like beads and buttons
  • Rolls
  • Paper Towel Rolls and Toilet Paper Rolls are useful for some craft projects
  • Applesauce Cups
  • 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
  • Ribbons
  • Hanging
  • Decorating
  • Greeting Cards Wrapping Paper
  • Collages
  • Pictures for projects
  • Tissue Paper
  • Wrapping gifts
  • Various Arts and Crafts activities
  • Fabric
  • Collages
  • Decoupage
  • 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.
  • baskets
  • 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

  • Foam Stickers
  • Foam Sheets
  • Craft Buttons
  • Ribbon
  • Raffia in various colors
  • Silk Flowers
  • Stamps and Stamp Pads
  • Glitter
  • Flat Back Rhinestones
  • Beads (Pony Beads, Handcrafted, Alphabet...just to name a few)
  • Wiggle Eyes
  • Pom Poms
  • Chenille Stems (Pipe Cleaners)
  • Cotton
  • Colored Tissue Paper
  • Craft Sticks (plain and colored, wide and thin)
  • Useful Items

    desk top velobind

  • Docubind

  • Binders
  • Paper Cutter
  • Clear Contact Paper
  • decorative metal cutters
  • Decorative Cutters

  • Favorite Stores

    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.
  • Wal Mart
  • Target
  • Dollar Tree
  • Michaels
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Home Goods
  • Lakeshore
  • JoAnn Craft Stores

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