Since Ava has officially begun art class I have decided that I would be more purposeful about including art into our weekly routine. Every other day we would do a small art project with one main objective: how to glue, finger paint, one color, stickers, a shape, explore a paint brush etc. So off I went and loaded up necessary items along with some of my favorites! Here is my priority list of art supplies for toddlers! All supplies can be found at Michael’s or Target. NEVER go to Michael’s without first printing a coupon online! They are always there 40-50% off one item saves a TON!!!!
1. Jumbo Crayola Crayons: I like these better than the beginners because you can see the individual colors and they are very difficult to break
2. Washable Crayola Markers: I use these very sparingly will ALL AGES but kids LOVE them!
3. Washable Crayola paint
4. Crayola water color paints: do not expect these to stay clean. The colors will get mixed but again they will love it!
5. Dot Paints: They are paints in a bottle with a round sponge on the end so that you just dot the paint onto the paper. A lot less messy and FUN!
6. Colored construction paper: I cut all the colors into various shapes and sizes of shapes and put them in a baggie ready for future projects!
7. A wipeable tablecloth: They make a great, inexpensive drop cloth to either sit on to do art or lie under a table
8. Glue Stick: I prefer glue sticks to elmers although some projects need elmers!
9. PAPER! If you can find it white card stock works great for painting!
10. Art Clothes!
** yarn, puffs, stickers, foam stickers, stamps, coffee filters, tissue paper etc. are cherries on the sunday of exploration!
Remember art is about the kids exploration the final product is just a result of that exploration and will often be abstract! It will be messy and rarely follow a path that you choose… so be prepared to go with the flow~
I will always have Ava “sign” her work in crayon or marker. But I also found this melissa and doug rainbow stamp pad and letter A stamp so she can stamp her A just to have a fun final step to each work of art! Older children can also date and title their work!