Got a budding Picasso at home? Check out our list of favorite art supplies to stock in your arts and crafts cupboard!
Little M loves art projects – he enjoys painting, drawing, coloring and sculpting so we have slowly started building up a small collection of art supplies. Here are some of the essentials that we stock in our arts and crafts cupboard.
Paints: Oh, how we love to paint! You don’t really need an easel, although we just bought this Melissa and Doug one and I really love this easel from Community Playthings. The most important thing is to have some nice paints and paintbrushes – although if you use non-toxic paints then finger painting is an option too! We love Glob paints and Earth Paints. And we adore anything by Wee Can Too art supplies. We also recently tried out Clementine Paints and the colors are vibrant and fun.
Crayons and Pencils: Now, when it comes to toddlers and art, crayons are a must have in any art cupboard – or any diaper bag for that matter. I can’t even count how many times pulling some crayons and paper out of my bag has kept Little M entertained at restaurants. Our favorite crayons are these lovely wax crayons from Stockmar and these veggie crayons from Wee Can Too. Bonus: they are square shaped and won’t roll around, which is especially helpful when using them while traveling on an airplane! Check out these triangular pencils from P’kolino too!
Glue: We use this non-toxic glue from Clementine Art. I am the first to admit that it may not be the strongest glue out there, but it is fine for toddler art projects. Best of all, I don’t have to worry when it gets all over Little M’s hands as he creates his latest masterpiece.
Chalk: We have a small chalkboard at home, and I must admit, sometimes I enjoy using it even more than Little M does! When we are out and about, and the urge to draw strikes, we use our new veggie sidewalk chalk from Wee Can Too. It’s really colorful and easy for little hands to hold, and best of all, contains all natural ingredients! If you are feeling especially creative, try making your own chalk at home with this DIY chalk project.
Play dough – There are many types of ready to use play dough, and while those are great, I can’t stress how quick and simple it is to make play dough at home. Try this easy recipe from minieco, which uses natural ingredients like turmeric, beets and blueberries to create beautiful colors.
Scissors – Invest in a pair of toddler-safe scissors, which are great for developing fine motor skills.