What art materials do I need, and where do I get them? I run into this a lot. Parents who don’t know where to buy art supplies or what supplies to purchase. If this is you, don’t worry! We’ve got your covered! With a relatively small investment, and a click of a button, you can create a versatile art supply kit for your kids.

Art doesn’t have to be messy. It’s OK to determine that you’d like to stay on the tidy side when it comes to kids making art in your house. Here are some supplies I recommend for “clean creativity” at home, with a link at the end of the list:

  • Colored Pencils. My favorite brand is Faber Castell. The Eco-Grip line is great for fine motor development and the colors are consistently pure and bright, at a fraction of the cost of higher end colored pencils.
  • Water-Color Pencils. Again I recommend Faber Castell. No need for a watercolor set! Your child simply colors with pencil, then wets a paintbrush and goes over the areas that have been colored. The water activates the color and turns it into watercolor! This set even includes a free paintbrush!
  • Construction Paper Crayons. Crayola is a tried-and-true crayon manufacturer, and after testing many other brands, I’ve determined they really do make the best quality! This line of Crayola crayons are specially designed to release more pigment onto a colored, textured surface, like construction paper. I love these crayons because they are almost the consistency of oil pastels, but neater (no smearing; no messy fingertips).
  • Watercolor Paper. I love having a stash of 8"x10" watercolor paper for my kids. Watercolor paper is manufactured to absorb a lot of liquid, without warping or forming micro paper particles (which would happen if you put water on normal drawing paper). The 8"x10" size allows you the option to insert in a manual feed tray of your home printer. For Artful Kids Club lessons, we provide PDF templates that we encourage you to print on watercolor paper (preferred) or card stock. Your child can use our simple outline as the springboard for unlimited variations and creative expression.
  • Construction Paper. This inexpensive paper is a standard at pre- and elementary schools and there’s good reason. It’s a lot sturdier than copy paper, and you can use it for sculptural projects, cutting and pasting, and drawing.

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