What To Have In Your Child’s Art Box
Aly asked whether I could put together a post on “Must have essentials for any Craft Box”. I like to make crafting cheap and cheerful. It shouldn’t cost the earth, so here is what is in MY craft box. I have highlighted in RED, things you “have to” spend money on.
1) Paint brush set; cotton wool and cloth pegs; sponges – all for painting with.
2) Poster Paint AND a set of acrylic paints (acrylic paints can be more expensive, so hunt around for special deals or “sets of”. I do prefer them, as they don’t crumble like poster paints do and “rub off hands”; they don’t however wash out of clothes, if you do get some on clothes scrub off immediately)
3) A set of crayons
4) A set of chunky pencils
5) Pencil, sharpener & eraser
6) A fine marker pen (black)
7) Artist bib (for your child) – doesn’t have to be a fancy one – or a set of old clothes!
8) PVA glue
9) Sello tape, masking tape
10) Scissors (child scissors AND adult scissors)
11) Stacks of white paper (my mother in law salvaged a whole box of old header paper at her place of work that was being thrown out. If you are not lucky enough for that, then you can get rolls of paper at IKEA or ELC).
1) More card stock if you can’t scavenge any, in a variety of colours and textures
2) A set of coloured paper
3) Googly eyes
I have yet used these, but I know I will come to one day:
1) Pipe cleaners
2) Paper plates (though I often used normal paper
3) Lollipop sticks (though I often used normal sticks)
And for Mummy’s crafts, I have things like:
2) Needle and thread
3) Air drying clay
4) Bias binding
5) Wonderweb (no sew crafts!)
8) Some “nice” fabric
This feels like an awfully long list, I hope it doesn’t put you off, but basically makes you realise, that the basics, really are basic! (Paint, Paper, Scissors, Glue) and that you can recycle and salvage and enormous amount and that the things you do buy, don’t have to cost an arm and a leg!
I hope this has been helpful!! Do go and get crafty!!!
Wow! That is an excellent list of what to have in your child’s art box, thanks Maggy.Here are a few of my crafty extras
- old tooth brushes can be used for splatter painting
- plastic forks and spoons can glued on to cardboard etc or for printing
- wrapping paper/ bags you get given with presents
- cotton reels
- old candles
- glass jars
- metal bottle tops
- yoghurt pots
I hope this inspires you to give crafting with your kids a go.