Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Best Toy Buy--Craft Supplies

I have yet to meet a kid who doesn't enjoy arts and crafts in some capacity. Craft supplies are my go to gifts for birthday's, for gift bags at parties, and they're always on my kid's Christmas lists. Here are a few of our favorite daycare craft supplies:

Do-A-Dot Markers: Do A Dot Art Marker Rainbow, 6-pack  

Color your own puzzles: Frozen Olaf Color Your Own Puzzle with Crayons - 20 Piece or Inovart Puzzle-It Blank Puzzles 28 Piece 5-1/2" x 8" - 24 Per Package (Michael's has puzzles like these from $1-$2)

Canvases for painting: Canvas Panel 8x10 Pack of 6 

Oil Pastels: Crayola 28ct Colored Oil Pastel Sticks  

Crayola paints: I prefer having the kids use Crayola 4ct Washable Fingerpaints Primary (Bold, primary colors in red, blue, yellow, and green) 4 oz.  (can be found at Walmart or Target for around $6) for it's thicker consistency, but we also buy Crayola Washable Kid's Neon Paint Set, 2-Ounce, 10 Count
  Metallic and Neon Markers: Crayola Metallic Markers, 8 Count Up & Up brand at Target carries a pack of markers that contains both metallic and neon markers.

Paint brushes pack: Starter Kit Brush Set  

Figurines for painting:
Melissa and Doug make several sets of figurines sold in two packs  (Melissa & Doug Horse Figurinesor check out Michael's.

Glue sticks: Elmer's Disappearing Purple School Glue Sticks, .21 oz, 6 Pack (E1560)  

Googly eyes: Peel & Stick Wiggle Eye Sheets: Black 49 Piece Set  

Glitter Pens: Skip regular glitter because it gets everywhere, use these instead Crayola 16ct Washable Pip Squeaks Glitter Glue

Brown Paper Lunch Bags: Brown Kraft 100% Recycled Lunch Bags (Medium: 5 x 9 3/4 x 3) - 25 bags per pack So many things can be created with these!

Paint Brush Pens: Crayola Paint Brush Pens Pack set of 5  

Project Scissors: ECR4Kids Kraft Edger Rotating Scissor Rack with 18 Scissors  

A few things I always keep on hand and easily accessible to the kiddos:

  • Crayons-thousands of colors
  • Washable markers (Crayola is our favorite brand, but Target's Up & Up brand is a close second is can be cheaper)
  • Colored pencils
  • Plain white paper of all sizes (8x10 and 11x17 are the popular sizes here)
  • Construction paper
  • Poster board
  • Tape
  • Ribbon/yarn (we rarely use this, but it's always nice to have some on hand for when we do need it for our projects)