Art gives your child a creative outlet and helps him gain confidence. Don’t rely on school art class to handle his artistic talents. Arts and crafts at home are a great way to bond with your child and encourage his creativity. Use these tips to build up a collection of art supplies that allows him to try a variety of different art techniques.
Assess What You Have
Before you buy anything new, take a look at what you already have. Most homes at least have crayons. Pull out any other craft and art supplies you have. Write a list of the items so you have an inventory. Make sure what you have is still good. Toss out any dried out markers or other materials that are no longer good.
Start With the Basics
My kids use a lot of paint, so I bought several bottles of tempera paint in different colors. It washes off easily so it’s great for kids. Watercolor paints also work well. You’ll also want child scissors and glue. If you don’t already have crayons, markers and colored pencils, add those to the list too.
Build Up Gradually
Once you have the basics on hand, you can gradually add other craft supplies to your collection. Don’t worry about buying everything at once. You can buy a few things here and there. The new items will get your child excited about the next crafting session. When you come across new craft ideas, you may need a few new supplies. This is a great way to build up your collection. Ideas for other craft supplies include:
- pipe cleaners
- craft sticks
- construction paper
- glitter or glitter glue
- decoupage glue
- scrapbook paper
Save on Supplies
One of the best times to stock up your art material cupboard is right after school starts. All those back-to-school supplies go on sale and you can get a steal on the basics. Buy enough glue, markers, crayons and other basics to last you through the year.
Another cheap way to save on craft supplies is to stock up at garage sales. You’ll often find old craft supplies for sale. You can also ask friends and relatives if they have any old craft or art materials they no longer want.