1. Paper I buy cheap printer paper just for the kids, as well as good art paper-like Strathmore 300 series-the yellow pads at Michael's go on sale a lot. But don't forget junk mail, magazines, catalogs.
2. Paint, markers, pencils. What can I say about them? They're worth the time and mess. Buy washables when you can.
3. Adhesives Liquid glue, glue sticks (for making stamps), hot glue (for our gift bookmarks and flower hair clips), glue dots...tape, painters tape, masking tape, packing tape...good grief.
4. Felt We love felt projects-like the iPhone covers and cameras. Felt is great for simple sewing projects with kids'-no raveling! This is what I give Belle to practice her sewing-she's made phone cases, eyeglass cases, doll clothes-it's inexpensive and very easy to use large stitches on.
5. Toilet Paper Rolls I keep these and tissue boxes, and any other materials that you would ordinarily recycle to toss. See this unbelievable Toilet Paper Brick House, try keeping Memory Jars, and mix science into art with a Tissue Box Marshmallow Catapult.
6. Natural Elements Sticks, stones, seeds, beans, leaves, shells. Remember our rustic stick stars? Craft has an entire archive of crafting with nature-love this Stick Weaving. Linda of Natural Suburbia gives a great tutorial on how to weave with sticks.
7. Beads Larger beads-or cereal oh's are great for improving small kids' fine motor skills. But Belle and I love using beads for fun uses-like postcards.
8. Food I don't think I've met a child who does not love to cook and create with food. Damaris and Kitchen Corners has some really cool little foodie ideas-like Nutella Play Dough and Stained Glass Jello.
9. Inspiration We have a collection of art idea books-and check out others from the library regularly. I buy every Usborne Art book I find at used bookstores -so worth the money.
10. What would you add?
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