My daughter Hannah turned 8 years old last month. For her birthday, I assembled the ultimate arts and crafts kit for her which will hopefully inspire hours of creative fun. She is always asking to use my art supplies and loves making art with me, so I thought it would be perfect if she had her own art stash she could keep in her room. A couple months ago we redecorated her room and she has lots of bins above her desk that were perfect for storing all kinds of art supplies, so I thought getting her her own supplies would be a good idea (and save mine from wear and tear as she never washes my brushes out after using them!).
I bought most of her art supplies from Amazon as they are my go-to since we lost our local Hobby Lobby earlier this year and our closest Michael’s is more than 40 minutes away. We have a Prime membership and you can’t beat the two-day shipping!
So, what’s in Hannah’s art supply stash?
Crayons, pencils & markers
Crayons: Crayola Ultimate Crayon Collection – 152 Colors ($13.10)
These are the classic Crayola crayons you grew up with – only in more colors than you can imagine! This box set includes 152 Crayola crayons, organized in a durable caddy with lid. Bonus – it even includes a crayon sharpener!
Markers: Sargent Art 50-Count Fine Tip Classic Markers Pack ($6.87)
This is a great set of 50 markers with tons of shades per color. Their tips are conical and can be used to draw thin lines with the tip, or wider lines if held at an angle.
Watercolor Pens: Ohuhu 20 Colors Watercolor Brush Marker Pens ($24.99)
These are my favorite and I ordered some for myself for art journaling after seeing Hannah’s! These marker brush pens can create beautiful watercolor effects by simply dabbing a plain brush into water and then on your page to thin out the ink of the marker. Their soft, flexible tips are great for broad and fine strokes. They come with a convenient organizer tray to store them in.
Colored pencils: Ohuhu 48-color Colored Pencils ($13.99)
I really love this brand for quality art materials and these colored pencils are amazing. They are made with sturdy, quality wood, rich pigments and soft core so you can write, draw or stretch your work of art at ease.They blend easily without smudging and are non-toxic.
Paints and supplies
Acrylic paints: Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Set, 18 Piece ($17.82)
I don’t tend to get too picky with acrylic paint, especially at the rate Hannah goes through it. Apple Barrel has a nice selection of colors and are good for projects large and small. They have a creamy consistency and are perfect for brushing, stamping and stenciling on a variety of surfaces. They are also non-toxic.
Watercolor Pan Set: Artists Loft Fundamentals Watercolor Pan Set ($9.98)
This simple set of 36 watercolors will give your child plenty of colors to create beautiful works of art. The pigment paints are a great value for the price and last a long time.
Brush set: Loew-Cornell Brush Set ($5.26)
I love this inexpensive brush set. They feature wooden handles and come in an assortment of sizes. The package contains 25 brushes in a variety of nylon, bristle, sponge and camel hair brushes as well as two foam brushes.
Plastic Paint Palette: Generic Round Plastic Paint Palette Tray ($1.97)
Every budding artist needs a palette and this basic tray is perfect. Paint cleans up easily out of the lightweight plastic tray.
Construction paper: Pacon Tru-Ray Construction Paper ($6.11)
Every kid needs your basic pack of construction paper. This is a heavyweight paper made with longer, stronger fibers for extra durability. It is tough enough to handle scoring, folding and curling without cracking and tearing. It is also fade-resistant. The package contains 50 sheets in 10 colors – black, blue, brown, green, orange, pink, red, sky blue, white and yellow. Sheets measure 9×12-inches.
Artist paper: Strathmore Mixed Media Pad ($10.19)
I believe in getting good quality art paper for kids as their projects seem to hold up longer. This 11×14-inch 15-sheet pad features 140-lb heavyweight paper perfect for watercolor, acrylic, pen, ink, pencil, crayons, charcoal, marker and collage. The pad features flip over sheets that tear out easily. Paper is acid free.
Canvas panels: Phoenix Canvas Panels for Acrylic Painting ($4.26)
I like giving Hannah materials that make her feel like a true artist and these cotton canvas panels do just that. They are ready to paint, acid free and provide a hard surface for her paintings. They are easy to display once finished on a shelf in her room. I chose to go with the 6-pack of smaller 5×7-inch panels, but they are available in larger sizes as well.
These are a couple of packs of fun 12×12-inch scrapbook paper, perfect for collage or card-making. I love how inexpensive these are – each pack has 50 sheets with 25 unique designs.
Fun additions and basics
Alphabet stamps: Alphabet Stamps – Vintage Wooden Rubber Letter And Number Stamp Set ($12.59)
I have a few sets of alphabet stamps I use for collaging so I thought Hannah needed her own set as well. This set is lovely and comes in a wooden storage box. The stamps are large enough that they can easily be held and maneuvered by her small hands. They feature upper and lower case letters as well as numbers.
Ink pads: Craft Ink Pads – 15 Colors ($9.99)
These ink pads are perfect for her stamps and come in a variety of colors. They haven’t dried up easily like some do and the lids stay on nice and tight.
Craft scissors: Decorative Wave Lace Edge Scissors ($4.19)
I thought it would be fun to get Hannah some craft scissors for cutting scrapbook paper and this set of six wavy-edged scissors was perfect! The scissors are 5-inch and feature a variety of lace edges.
Glue sticks: Elmer’s Disappearing Purple School Glue ($2.99)
My standard, go-to glue sticks. This pack of six is washable, which are perfect for a kid!
Elmer’s glue: Elmer’s School Glue ($3.42)
Your standard white school glue. A crafting staple.
Scissors: Fiskars 6-Inch Softgrip Big Kids Scissors ($5.50)
Every kid needs a pair of scissors and Hannah had outgrown her blunt-tipped child safety scissors, so these comfort grip scissors were perfect!
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Pencil sharpener: X-ACTO XLR Electric Pencil Sharpener ($17.99)
Unless you want to be sharpening endless colored pencils by hand (or any other pencil for that matter), save yourself some time and energy and invest in an electric pencil sharpener. Ours gets a workout!
I store all of Hannah’s art supplies in these wire baskets ($14.27 for a pack of 6) on shelves above her desk, high up where the baby cannot get them (always a challenge keeping things away from Ella!). Almost everything fits really well, with the exception of the 12×12-inch paper pads. They make it easy to get to her supplies when she wants to create something and they’ve worked really well so far!
So, there you have it – the perfect arts and crafts kit for your young budding artist! Tell me, what are your favorite craft-related items for kids?