23 kids craft essentials

There are a few craft items that every household with kids seems to inevitably end up with over time. These craft essentials are usually accumulated over multiple holidays and numerous trips to the craft store, with parents refining their kids craft stash as they quickly learn what kids craft items are appropriate (glue, crayons) and what MIGHT not be such a good idea (permanent markers, sharp scissors).

Kids Craft Essentials

Jot this down, people! Every kids craft supply kit should include five main types of items:

  • Things to draw with: markers, crayons, pencils and pens (stay away from permanent stuff!)
  • Something to draw on: construction or printer paper, cardboard, paper towel and toilet paper rolls, paper plates
  • Adhesives: Liquid glue, glue sticks, glue dots work best
  • Building materials: clay, pipe cleaners, pom poms, ribbon and popsicle sticks
  • Decorative items: stamps, glitter, stickers, googly eyes and beads

With just these limited supplies, kids can use their imaginations to create endless crafty things. They can even personalize items with thumbprints or handprints, their names and photos.

While you're at it, you may want to create an art station for them! Gather an easel or a table, or even more advanced things like a pottery wheel. For really little kids, bath crayons or Water Wow pads can help pique their interest and get them engaged in the exciting world of art.

What are your go-to kids craft essentials?