Craft Supplies for Kids

by | Jun 4, 2018 | Kid Activities

Last Updated Feb 15, 2024
Craft Supplies for Kids - CRAFT & CREATE

I love letting my kids exercise their creative muscles! This is why having quality craft supplies for kids is a huge must in my home.

Quality Craft Supplies for Kids

As a busy work-from-home homeschool mom, I know how important it is to have fun supplies for crafting on hand.

With that said, not all craft supplies are created equal!

That’s why leaning on high-quality craft supplies for kids is a must in our home.

Must-Have Craft Supplies for Kids

If getting crafty with your kids is your idea of fun, these must-haves will take your crafting game up a notch.

From colored pencils to finger paints.

Check out all my favorite craft supplies for the kiddos!

  • Colored Pencils – Best for Big Kids

Ok, these pencils are seriously awesome, you guys!

As a year-round homeschool family, I truly believe in having good-quality art supplies available for crafting all year long.

Craft Supplies for Kids - Quality Colored Pencils

This is why these colored pencils are at the very top of my must-have list!

I actually love these so much that I keep a separate stash for myself.

They really are that good, you guys!

These pencils are just as easy to use as other colored pencils, however, the color is super smooth and the colors are much more vivid.

High-quality art tools such as these can take anyone’s artwork to the next level!

Such a good product to have in your craft area year-round.

  • Card Stock – Great for All Ages

Heavy-duty cardstock is a staple in our homeschool!

Not only is it perfect for printing, but it’s also wonderful to have on hand for impromptu crafting sessions.

Keeping High Quality Card Stock on Hand is a Must

We use cardstock all the time in our homeschool.

From painting projects to bookmarks, cardstock is a crafting essential, you guys!

  • Doodle Pens – Best for Big Kids

Pens will always be my ultimate weakness when it comes to crafting supplies!

I personally use them for journaling, homeschool lesson planning, work, and everything in between.

With that said, I’ve definetly passed down my love of pens to my kiddos and they too have become a staple for our homeschool craft caddies!

High Quality Pens for Journaling

While I’m a huge fan of brush pens and high-quality marker pens, these colorful pens are slightly more budget-friendly for the kiddos — especially since they are slightly less gentle on their craft supplies than I am.

These pens are great for older kids who love detailed crafting or journaling.

Plus, they don’t bleed through journaling paper, work amazingly on card stock, and have a pretty decent life span for pens.

They are just so good, you guys!

  • Paint Sticks – Best for Little Kids

Tempera paint sticks are like magic!

For real though.

Tempera Paint Craft Supplies for Kids

While I love crafting with my kiddos, I don’t like the mess that tends to get left behind afterward.

That is why I’m a huge fan of these amazing tempera paint sticks

They are pretty much the best crafty thing ever invented, you guys!

Tempera Paint Sticks for Kids

Oh my goodness, I can’t even put into words how amazing these things are!

The idea is simple: think of paint in the form of a glue stick that literally dries in less than a minute (maybe a couple of minutes if applied super thick).

They are SO good!

If you aren’t already using them in your home, go buy them right now – for real though.

My 5-year-old (who’s incredibly messy by nature) paints with these all the time and the cleanup is extremely easy!

Plus, all of her artwork turns out super-rich and colorful.

Paint sticks totally save my sanity sometimes, you guys!

  • Finger Paints  – Best for Little Kids

While paint sticks are wonderful for keeping the mess at bay, sometimes you just have to embrace the mess for the sake of a child’s sensory needs.

That’s why I still keep simple fingerpaints on hand for my little ones.

If you are homeschooling preschool or kindergarten-aged children this art supply will be a must for your homeschool art area.

Finger Paints are Perfect for Young Learners

Our favorite finger paints are both vibrant and totally budget-friendly — making them the perfect staple for our homeschool.

While messier than other painting options, there is seriously nothing more fun for an itty bitty than some good old-fashioned finger painting!

With that said, if the mess is still a concern, simply plan your finger-painting ideas on a warm day & take your crafting outside instead.

Not only does this eliminate some of the cleanup but your kiddos can kill 2 birds with one stone by clocking in some much-needed outdoor time as well.

  • Watercolors – Great for Middles & Big Kids

While paint sticks and finger paints are both great for little kids, I can’t leave out my top painting pick for middles & bigs!

Use Watercolor Paints for Kids Over 5

High-quality watercolor paints are essential for teaching homeschool art!

While our favorite brand isn’t necessarily the most budget-friendly option, it is hands-down the best option for high-quality watercolor creations.

The quality of these paints is superb and your kiddos can seriously make some intense artwork filled with rich colors!

With that said, these paints are best for kiddos 5 and older.

I tend to start teaching my kiddos how to properly use watercolors around kindergarten or first grade – it really just depends on attention span and maturity. 

My older kiddos absolutely love using watercolors in our homeschool!

  • Craft Sticks – Great for All Ages

While not necessarily the most high-quality or overly unique craft supply, craft sticks are something that can be overlooked or forgotten when setting up your homeschool art area.

Craft Sticks for Crafting with Kids

Craft sticks make the perfect addition to any craft supplies stash and are wonderful to keep on hand when you homeschool.

Not only are they a steal of a deal, but they are an awesome tool for sparking a little creativity in a bored kiddo as well.

When my older boys get their hands on some craft sticks, they tend to make some pretty awesome creations and it’s one of those things I actually don’t mind them using up because they are so budget-friendly!

I can hardly buy these things fast enough, because they are always disappearing for some creative kid project in our home.

  • Mason Jars – Best for Big Kids

While not technically a craft supply, mason jars are one of the most versatile products anyone can keep in their home and I’m pretty much obsessed with them.

I’m what you might call a mason jar addict and use them for practically everything in our home — including craft supplies for kids!

How to Store Craft Supplies for Kids Using Mason Jars

While I love to use these awesome jars for other uses around the house, such as drinkware and food storage, mason jars also make for some excellent craft supply storage.

For instance, I use these bad boys to store our collection of colored sand.

Not only is this practical and budget-friendly, but it’s also kind of decorative and beautiful!

With that said, mason jars are also awesome for crafting things like colored sand keepsakes, sensory jars, lava lamps, and aquarium crafts.

They are just so good, you guys!

  • Pipe Cleaners (Chenille Stems) – Best for Little Kids

Chenille stems (or pipe cleaners as we call them) are hands-down one of the best craft supplies for little kids.

I always, always have a bunch of these on hand in our homeschool art area.

Chenille Stems Make Awesome Kid Craft Supplies for Littles

Not only are pipe cleaners incredibly cheap, but little kids absolutely love using them.

They are definitely one of my favorite go-to craft supplies for young learners.

From lacing beads to creating stick figures, pipe cleaners can be used for so many amazing craft ideas!

The best part? Kids can get crafty with these completely on their own.

Definitely a huge win for any busy homeschool mom!

Bonus Craft Supplies for Kids

Okay, I have to confess, these awesome craft supplies actually aren’t for the kiddos.

They are for all the crafty homeschool moms out there who enjoy crafting with their kiddos.

Check out my top 2 craft supplies for Mom.

  • Laminator & Hot Glue Gun

Well, I just couldn’t let the kids have all the fun, you guys!

Both of these craft supplies are a must-have in my homeschool and I used them all. the. time.

Not even joking.

Craft Supplies for Moms

Every mom (especially a homeschool mom) needs a high-quality laminator and a hot glue gun!

Laminators are great for turning crafts into keepsakes, making charts, or turning projects into reusable activities.

While hot glue guns are ideal for helping kiddos with more complex crafting!

I absolutely love having both of these in my stash of crafty items at home.

Using Craft Supplies for Kids

If crafting with the kiddos is your style, try picking up some of these awesome craft supplies today!

Then, head over to the kid’s activities section here on Life + Homeschool to get your hands on some awesome seasonal craft ideas.

From fall craft ideas to simple summer crafts, I’ve totally got you covered for all your crafting needs!

Get those creative wheels turning while trying out some of your new favorite craft supplies for kids.

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Meet the Author

Life & Homeschool Author

Hey guys! I’m Mary, homeschool mom of 3 amazing kiddos.

I’m so excited that you decided to check out my little corner of the world!

If you have been following our journey for any length of time, you already know that I’m obsessed with coffee, organization, and all things simple.

I’m also a huge dog lover and introvert 💗

My homeschool style is very eclectic.

I enjoy a solid mixture of structure and free range. I set goals for myself and my children each week, but I put no pressure on perfection.

We use a wide variety of curriculum in our home.

Some of our current favorites are The Good and the Beautiful, Life of Fred, Beautiful Feet Books, and Lifepac.

While my kids do spend a good amount of time learning at desks, they also spend countless hours exploring their creativity and practicing a little independence.

I love mountains, rainy days, and sitting by the campfire. 

Our family recently relocated to the PNW and we have been enjoying finding new nature spots to explore together 🙌🏼

I can’t wait to connect and share all the things I’ve learned on our new journey! 

Just a Note…

Thanks for checking out the kid activities portion of the blog! 

Typically summer is the most productive time for my blog. However, our family is currently living in temporary housing and we do not see an end in sight (thank you housing marking 😪) — meaning my workspace & supplies to produce quality content it extremely limited.

I am still working, but it’s nothing like normal.

As always, we appreciate your patience! 

If you enjoyed this article or simply want to see more of our journey, feel free to follow us on social media for more frequent updates.

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Don’t forget to check out our Facebook group too!

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Whether you are already knee-deep in your homeschool journey or just dipping your toes in — all homeschool moms are welcome!

Looking forward to connecting! Simply Be Wild & Free Life + Homeschool Blog

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Meet the Author

Life & Homeschool Author

Hey guys! I’m Mary, homeschool mom of 3 amazing kiddos.

I’m so excited that you decided to check out my little corner of the world!

If you have been following our journey for any length of time, you already know that I’m obsessed with coffee, organization, and all things simple.

I’m also a huge dog lover and introvert 💗

My homeschool style is very eclectic.

I enjoy a solid mixture of structure and free range. I set goals for myself and my children each week, but I put no pressure on perfection.

We use a wide variety of curriculum in our home.

Some of our current favorites are The Good and the Beautiful, Life of Fred, Beautiful Feet Books, and Lifepac.

While my kids do spend a good amount of time learning at desks, they also spend countless hours exploring their creativity and practicing a little independence.

I love mountains, rainy days, and sitting by the campfire. 

Our family recently relocated to the PNW and we have been enjoying finding new nature spots to explore together 🙌🏼

I can’t wait to connect and share all the things I’ve learned on our new journey! 

Just a Note…

Thanks for checking out the kid activities portion of the blog! 

Typically summer is the most productive time for my blog. However, our family is currently living in temporary housing and we do not see an end in sight (thank you housing marking 😪) — meaning my workspace & supplies to produce quality content it extremely limited.

I am still working, but it’s nothing like normal.

As always, we appreciate your patience! 

If you enjoyed this article or simply want to see more of our journey, feel free to follow us on social media for more frequent updates.

You can find all of our social accounts below!

FacebookInstagramPinterest

Don’t forget to check out our Facebook group too!

This group is open to all homeschool moms.

Whether you are already knee-deep in your homeschool journey or just dipping your toes in — all homeschool moms are welcome!

Looking forward to connecting! Simply Be Wild & Free Life + Homeschool Blog

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