At our church, we are blessed to have an entire room devoted to art. Countertop, cabinets and bookshelves are devoted to art supplies and items kids can reach to be creative. Yes, our art room has cabinets with closed doors and signs that say “STOP” on them, reminding kids to ask permission, but there are supplies we also keep out for kids to use whenever they want to use them. Kids are naturally creative and artistic (you are, too, by the way. It’s just that as you got older, you probably started to doubt that about yourself and it’s likely you’ve convinced yourself you’re terrible at art), so letting them have space and supplies to create often yields exciting results.
Here are ten art supplies that our kids are always reaching for:
1. Markers (and crayons…but kids almost always choose markers)
2. Hole Punches (we have various sizes and shapes)
5. Popsicle Sticks
6. Play Doh (Confession: This item is kept behind closed doors, but we do try to get it out regularly!)
7. Foam shapes and letters
8. Stencils for tracing
9. Perler Beads (Probably the best supply investment we make. We’ve ironed approximately 3,843 bead projects in our art room.)
10. Paper of various weights and types
Add to this list glue, scissors, tape and an iron (for the Perler Beads), and you have a fun afternoon!
Now I wonder, what’s the last thing you created?