Our Favorite Kids Art and Craft Supplies

Shop the supply list we use and recommend for all sorts of creative kids’ art projects and play activities

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A FEW SUPPLY-SHOPPING TIPS BEFORE YOU BEGIN BROWSING…

  • Shopping for a classroom or plan on stocking up on large quantities? Art supply stores like Blick carry classroom sets of many common products and offer discounts when buying in bulk. Check for those before you buy multiples of individual products!
  • Be sure to sign up for rewards programs where offered – they can save a lot of money over the long-term.
  • Start with small amounts when purchasing for home exploration. Most of these supplies (especially paint!) go a longer way than you think.
  • Save scraps – I am a scrap supply hoarder and it is the one saving indulgence that always pays off. I’ve used paper, fabric, clay , and other scrap supplies for most of the projects you’ll find on this site.
  • Shopping our wood supply favorites? You can save $5 when making purchases on the Woodpeckers Crafts site by applying the code “BIRCH5” at checkout.

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Basic Kids Craft Supplies

These are a few of our tried-and-true, basic supply favorites for kids’ arts and crafts. We’ve tried out a number of brands over the years (you’ll see some of them in our tutorial photos!) but keep coming back to these materials because they just work the best.

Kids Craft Glue

Elmer’s School Glue

Glue Sticks

Elmer’s Glue Sticks

Kids Scissors

Scotch Blunt Tip Scissors

Construction Paper

Pacon Tru-Ray Construction Paper

Crayons

Crayola 24-Count Crayon Set

Colored Pencils

Prismacolor Colored Pencils

Paper and At-Home Printing Materials

These paper packs and printing supplies give your the most bang for your buck, and are the exact products we use for our kids art projects and printables.

Cardstock

Recollections Bright Essentials

Watercolor Paper

Strathmore 300 Series Class Pack

Bleeding Tissue Paper

Spectra Bleeding Tissue Paper

Printable Sticker Paper

Avery Printable Sticker Paper

Laminating Pouches

Scotch Self-Seal Pouches

Home Printer

Epson EcoTank ET-3850

Paints and Painting Supplies

Reliable, vibrant paints and painting tools are essential for satisfying kids art-making and crafting experiences. This collection features favorites that are high quality while being cost-effective.

Tempera Paint

Crayola Washable Paint

Acrylic Paint

Liquitex Basics

Liquid Watercolors

Sargent Art Watercolor Magic Set

Watercolor Cakes

Crayola Washable Watercolors

Brush Set

Royal & Langnickel Big Kids’ Set

Foam Brushes

Assorted Sizes and Shapes

Paint Sticks

Sargent Art Tempera Paint Sticks

Paint Daubers

Handy Art Marker Bottle Pack

Sponges

Assorted Sponge Sets

Spray Bottles

2 -Ounce Small Spray Bottles

Paint Palettes

Plastic 10-Well Paint Tray

Brush Basin

artPOP! Brush Basin

Gesso

Liquitex Basics Acrylic Gesso

Canvases

Various Sizes

Art Frames

Wood Gallery Frames

Mark-Making Tools

All of our top mark-making picks for kids! Please note that these supplies are recommended for various ages and experience levels, and some of the supplies (like pens and ink!) make permanent marks.

Pencil Set

Prismacolor Graphite Drawing Set

Pen Set

Derwent Line Makers 

Markers

Tombow Dual Brush Pens

Oil Pastels

Sakura Cray-Pas Oil Pastels

Soft Pastels

Faber-Castell Soft Pastel Mini Sticks

Chalk

Crayola Drawing Chalk Sticks

Charcoal Sticks

General’s Compressed Charcoal

Vine Charcoal

Grumbacher Vine Charcoal

Sumi-e Ink

Yasutomo Black Sumi Ink

Ink Brushes

Yasutomo Bamboo Sumi Brushes

Bamboo Reed Pen

Richeson Bamboo Reed Pens

Kneaded Eraser

Faber-Castell Kneaded Eraser

Kids Printmaking Supplies

Printmaking is a fun art process for kids to experiment with. Although there are quite a few ways to make prints with household supplies, the tools below are a wonderful way to take printmaking with children to the next level.

Brayers

Speedball Hard Rubber Brayers

Block Printing Ink

Speedball Block Printing Ink

Gelli Plates

Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plates

Dough and clay supplies

These beginner clays, doughs, and tools work well for budding sculptors and sensory explorers alike.

Air Dry Clay

Crayola Air Dry Clay or Model Magic

Polymer Clay

Staedtler Fimo Soft Polymer Clay Set

Dough

Play-Doh Multi-Pack

Dough – Skin Colors

Sargent Art Multicultural Dough

Textured Rolling Pins

Assorted Types

Clay Tools

Assorted Types

Kids Textile Art and Craft Materials

We’ve looked all over to find textile supplies and fabric options that are economical without skimping on great texture and bold colors. From painted fabric pieces and woven art to simple sewing, these materials all passed the test for use in creative kids projects.

Felt

Assorted Types

Muslin

Natural Unbleached Cotton Muslin

Fabric

Assorted Remnants & Bundles

Yarn

Assorted Yarn Sets

Felting Wool

Assorted Types

Stuffing

Fairfield Poly-Fil Premium Fiber Fill

Fabric Paint

Tulip Soft Fabric Paint Set

Acrylic Textile Medium

Delta Creative Textile Medium

Fabric Glue

Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue 

Construction Supplies and wood Materials

Help your little ones tinker and build confidently with our favorite construction and woodworking supplies for young beginners.

Scrap Wood Sets

Unfinished Wooden Blocks

Wood Craft Parts & Cutouts

Assorted Shapes and Sizes

Wooden Peg Dolls

Assorted Styles and Sizes

Woodworking Tools

Stanley Jr. Tool Box and Tool Set

Kids Safety Goggles

Certified Kids Safety Glasses

Tape for Cardboard Crafts

Kraft Paper Tape

Nature Materials

From time to time it’s fun to make things with nature supplies that can’t be found in our own backyards. Here are a few of of our favorite natural materials to incorporate in kids projects that can sometimes be hard to find at home,

Driftwood

Assorted Lengths

Shells

Assorted Shapes and Sizes

Smooth Sea Glass

Assorted Colors and Sizes

Natural Decorative Sand

Assorted Lengths

Tumbled Gemstones

Assorted Shapes and Sizes

Stones

Assorted Colors and Sizes

Preserved Moss

SuperMoss Moss Mix

Acorns

Assorted Shapes and Sizes

Pinecones

Assorted Colors and Sizes