Do you ever have one of those days where your kids just will not leave you alone? Where they can’t seem to get in a groove with playing and nobody is happy?
Those are the days where I set up a maker station. I pull out some super fun, engaging art supplies and usually a cardboard box or scrap paper and let the kids go wild!
I put together a list of some of our favorite craft supplies to inspire creativity in kids. Honestly, these would work for adults too!
Kids Craft Supplies to Inspire Creativity
19 Kids Craft Supplies that your kids will love
Here’s a few of our favorite arts and crafts supplies to inspire endless hours and hours of creative, imaginative play.
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1. Colored masking tape
My kids use this to build mazes or race tracks on the floor and create art on the walls. They love to use it to decorate big cardboard boxes and tape random stuff together- seriously endless fun!
2. Polymer clay
This oven-baked clay is perfect for creating fairy garden elements or tiny dollhouse scenes as well as beads and other little figurines. We’ve also used it to make tiny acorns and pumpkins in the fall which are oh so cute!
3. Embroidery thread
Get a big pack and make friendship bracelets (I’ve got some fun patterns included in the Rooted Childhood February Collection). We also use embroidery thread for hand sewing because it doesn’t get as tangled as traditional sewing thread.
4. Watercolor pencils
Mix the beauty of watercolor with the precision of a pencil in this super fun medium to draw landscapes or nature finds or create scenes form the imagination.
My kids LOVE to glue all the things…paper, boxes, beads, buttons, sequins, pom moms, and more. Also, don’t forget the classic glue-on-the-hand-and-then-peel-it-off trick!
6. Tissue paper
Tear it up and make a paper mosaic or cut it into a different shapes to create a faux stained glass piece for your window.
Practice drawing and shading and creating shadows with this fun, but messy art medium.
8. Wiki Stix
Use these waxy, bendable sticks to create scenes on paper or 3-D designs.
String them into a necklace or a garland or sew them onto fabric in the shape of a balloon or heart or any shape you can think of
10. Felt sheets
use felt sheets to place hand sewing or cut out shapes and use hot glue to create flowers or finger puppets and make abstract designs with the scraps
11. Colored Pencils
Try drawing with good quality colored pencils and you’ll be surprised at the difference and how much depth the drawings can have compared to your typical colored pencils. In this case, you really do get what you pay for!
12. Watercolor Brush Pens
For a fun way to take watercolor on the go, try these brush pens and a paint palette! Each brush can be filled with water and then released with a gentle squeeze.
13. Chalk Pastels
Create vibrant scenes on white or colored paper or even a chalkboard. Have some wipes handy as chalk pastels can get messy, but the result is worth it!
Try your hand at finger knitting or make yarn tassels or pom poms to hand on a garland
15. Oil Pastels
Oil pastels are like a buttery soft crayon! They create gorgeously bright drawings and are so fun to use.
16. Origami Paper
Start with simple origami designs and progress toward more complicated creations. For young children, the Waldorf window stars included in the Rooted Childhood January collection would be a great starter project.
17. Modeling Beeswax
Mold beeswax into 3-D shapes (check out the beach themed shapes in the Rooted Childhood July Collection) similar to how you would use play dough, but you also get to enjoy the sweet scent and luscious feel in your hands. Modeling beeswax never dries out and can be re-used over and over again. We have had the same set for 5+ years!
18. Watercolor palette
Spend some time painting with watercolors and learning proper brush techniques and then paint something you see in nature or an abstract design.
19. Beeswax Crayons
Draw with beeswax crayons and feel the way they glide to make shading and filling in white space much easier than traditional crayons.
Is there anything I missed that your kids love? Share with me in a comment; I’m always looking for ideas too!
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