Every household should have a stash of craft supplies for kids, even if there aren’t any kids living there. Have you ever had friends come over with their little ones and scrambled to find something for them to do?
Or maybe you are a grandma or grandpa and want to have engaging activities for your grandchildren when the come visit.
We know exactly what supplies are important to always have around, and we’ll let you know on this page. A lot of the fun items are really not that expensive either.
What we are going to do to help is create a list of all the kinds of things you can use for crafts and some hints when shopping .
Of course, rather than just a long list of things, we will give some ideas for what each of these things can be used for
We will even recommend some great deals on Amazon and have it shipped right to your door at an amazing price!
Must Have Craft Supplies for Kids
We love the Fiskars cutting products. The blades stay sharp and they have so much variety in cutting products.
Here’s just a few ideas of things from basic scissors to cutting pads, or shape cutters. Brilliant for fine motor skills and hand eye coordination.
Crayola My First Safety Scissors, Toddler Art SuppliesClay and Dough Playing Tools Set Cutting Craft Kits Fiskars 195210-1001 Comfort Loop Rotary Cutter, 45 mmKraft Edgers Craft Scissor Set – Decorative Paper Edger Scissors Double Sided Self Healing Cutting Mat For Kids’ Crafts & QuiltingCrafty World Green 18
Check out these paper crafts where you can use your scissors and cutting mats.
Glue & adhesives
Almost every craft needs glue. The regular white glue is great for almost every craft. Elmer has been around for many, many years. Why not experiment with sparkly glue or glow in the dark glue.
This upcycled flower pot needs lots of glue for the flower decorations.
You should never run short on paper either. You should always have construction paper (used for almost every craft I do), craft foam (sturdier than the others), felt (brilliant for furry crafts) and tissue paper around! Toddlers and preschool kids love ripping up tissue paper and sticking it onto paper!
These enable you to have a variety of textures, especially for the young kids. This is great for sensory stimulation.
There are so many paper crafts you could do with your little ones!
Paper crafts using construction paper:
Pom poms and fun extras
You can never have too many pipe cleaners, pom poms and googly eyes! They are so much fun and you can make so many cute craft ideas just out of those three items and some glue.
Pipe Cleaners – can be used for legs, arms, tails, antennas, etc. These can be used just to decorate as well. Another tip, get lots of colors and watch for sparkly ones too!
Pom poms – You can make little critters out of larger pom poms. Smaller pom poms can be used for noses or to decorate. Getting a variety of sizes is key when buying pom poms. There are even some that are sparkly too!
Googly Eyes – are alot of fun , it gives a lot of character to your little critter crafts of all kinds. These eyes can come in many different sizes. They even have eyes that have different color pupils too! Check out my seashell couple for examples of this
These craft kits for kids are always a great gift idea for the little ones. I made a stepping stone myself (that I to got as a gift for Christmas). They’ll treasure the things they make out of kits for a long time!
It is great to let the kids run wild with just some paper and crayons too. Creativity in any form is a great way of expression. Print some coloring papers, and let them color!
I always recommend some great Chalkola chalk markers.
Grab a sketch book and these writing utensils and they are all set to create and have fun.
More Simple Craft Supplies for Kids
Ribbon: Ribbon comes in all kinds of sizes, and colors. Getting a variety of sizes is good, but most crafts will need somewhat thinner ribbons. The big thick ribbon could be used for things like bows. There is also different colors and patterns you can get too.
Sparkles and Beads: Main thing to remember here is variety and color. Get lots of different colors and combinations of beads and sparkles.
Fake gems: These usually come with sticky backs – this is easier when working with them. Get lots of different sizes and colors.
Popsicle Sticks: This ones pretty simple kids craft supplies. They come in one size, and usually one color. You can also get colored ones at some stores.
Some more of the best craft supplies for kids are
- Clothes Pins
- Paper Clips
- Thumb Tacks
- Tissue Paper
- Stamp Pads
- Modelling Clay
- Bristol Board
These are pretty much all the basic items you will need to keep around to have fun with crafts and your kids. Buying them online, you are buying in bulk and saving quite a bit.
You will also have supplies to last a long while – lots of fun craft filled days!! Remember that you also have stacks of free craft supplies in your home from items you already use!
As well as these you might need some craft gadgets. Make sure you have everything before you get started on your art projects.
Can you think of anymore Craft Supplies for Kids you would need?
Hi there, I’m Laura an avid kids crafter with two little ones of my own to keep entertained! I have been doing kids crafts since 2018! Here at Easy Crafts for Kids you can find seasonal crafts for all age groups, as well as drawing tutorials, coloring pages and some other fun printables!