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“I’m boooooored” “There’s nothing to do!” “What can I do?” Sound familiar? Yeah, same here! Here is a list of supplies for last minute kid crafts and craft ideas to go with the supplies.
My oldest is only 4 and it seems like he always needs to be entertained. I have a board on Pinterest dedicated to his entertainment, but the problem is, is that I never have all the craft supplies available at the time I need them.
Some of the ideas on Pinterest are so cute but require specific crafting supplies to make it as cute as the picture featured.
My son is a visual kid. He likes to make the projects look exactly like the examples. If I don’t have the supplies needed, he’s not happy with his creation.
Having the supplies on hand helps with the days we’re stuck inside or I needed for our home school preschool.
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Here are 15 crafting supplies every mom needs in a closet for last minute kid crafts.
1. Coloring Supplies (Crayons, markers, colored pencils)
Of course, this one is a no-brainer! If you’re going to make a craft, you’re going to need some coloring supplies! That’s like if you give a mouse a cookie….
2. Washable paints and paint brushes
Washable paints are the key! You’ll want them in at least the primary colors so that you can mix and make your own colors! Paint brushes you can get away with not having since you can use numerous items as a “paint brush” (q-tip, empty toilet paper cardboard, potatoes, fingers)
3. Unwaxed paper plates (the really cheap ones that you have to have 10 for it to be sturdy enough to eat off of!)
Make sure to get the unwaxed. This will make it easier to color on. They’re cheap, you get a bunch in a pack so you’ll likely only need 1 pack for the entire span of his or her crafting career.
These make great accessories to any craft. The child can get creative with the pom pom balls and make them into anything!
Stickers are so easy for crafts! It makes anything pretty to a child and it works on fine motor skills taking each sticker off the sticker sheet!
You never know when you may find a craft that requires a feather. These are also great to use as a paint brush!
Buttons make great eyes for projects. You never know when you might need a button to decorate your projects with. Kids love gluing items, and buttons make for great wheels, dots, or the sun in the sky!
8. Googly Eyes
My son loves the googly eyes on his animals he makes. Drawing them on is boring for him. He likes gluing these eyes on and watching the eyes move around.
9. Various Papers (Construction, printer, cardstock, large pieces of paper)
You never know what kind of paper you could use. I keep all my scraps of used paper in a separate bin that we can rummage through when we need only a small amount of paper.
One thing I never had was large pieces of paper when I needed them. Now I keep the large pieces of paper. Or I also use the backside of wrapping paper (that does not have the cutting grid on the back)
10. Empty toilet paper cardboard rolls or empty paper towel rolls
Keep the old toilet paper rolls to make crafts out of. Pinterest is filled with craft ideas that require toilet paper rolls. I never used to have them when I wanted them, so I started keeping a container of them so I had them when I needed them!
11. Pipe Cleaners
You never know when you may come across a craft that requires a pipe cleaner for an antenna or a Christmas craft to make a candy cane. We use our pipe cleaners more often than I thought we would.
12. Glue (stick, rubber cement, and liquid)
Stick glue is better with paper. Liquid glue is best for the heavier objects you add. Rubber cement is best to let dry on your fingers and peel it off…just kidding (but honestly, I used to do this when I was younger, and our teachers always let us do this!) Rubber cement is great for paper also so you don’t get the wrinkles in the paper!
I think the lesson on how much glue is underrated and a very important lesson teachers would love for parents to work on at home! It’s hard for a teacher to regulate 20 students, if some of the students know the proper way to use glue and the proper amounts, it’ll help more than you think!
13. Child scissors
Great skill for kids to learn! Practice cutting along lines, or cutting simple objects out (depending on the skill level of your child) Make sure to teach safety with scissors while you’re using them!
You probably already have these for the bathroom. You never know when you might need some to make some fluffy snow!
15. Glitter (if you dare) or my preference Glitter glue sticks
Make things extra sparkly with glitter! Every child loves glitter on their crafts!
Bonus: Barbasal Shaving Cream
This shaving cream can be used for so many puffy paint activities or just table fun making shapes!
Next time you have a whining child saying, “There’s nothing to do,” you’ll be prepared with craft supplies to ensure they’re not left with nothing to do. And remember, these are great supplies to have on hand if you plan to do preschool at home with your child!
Are there any other must have supplies you keep in your stock?