Those that know me, know that I love myself a stocked craft closet. My “closet” is more a room at this point, but holy moly I love well stocked craft supplies. I get asked often about what supplies I have on hand to keep the kids busy. Rather than isolate just a few craft supplies, I put together a comprehensive list of basic (rainbow) craft supplies that I keep on hand that will keep your kids busy till the kids are off to college.
Markers – If there is one thing that we always have on hand at our house, its markers. These babies are the ultimate in boredom busters. We love to color all throughout the day, we take them to restaurants, and are always on hand when traveling. Some of Made with HAPPY uses
Colored Paper – Whether its construction paper or card stock, having a variety of colored paper on hand is key. So many crafts, art projects, letters, and more can be made with colored paper. Some of Made with HAPPY uses
Pom Poms – These little fuzzy little bundles add some great dimension and texture to any project. Some of Made with HAPPY uses
Tempura Paint – I don’t know about your house, but we do a ton of painting. The kids love painting on paper, cardboard or our outdoor easel. There are so many crafts that can be done with a small variety of paint. Some of Made with HAPPY uses
Washi Tape – If I’m going to be honest, I would say we use washi tape at our house at least once or twice a day. We use it for EVERYTHING. Some of Made with HAPPY uses
Yarn – While I don’t necessarily knit, I love having a variety of yarn in the house for all kinds of crafts, garlands, and projects. If you knit, even better! Some of Made with HAPPY uses
Pony Beads – These larger colorful beads are so much fun. They add bright colors to any project and great for little ones in sorting, threading and other find motor skills.
Tissue Paper – While it might seem like having some on hand for your next gift is reason enough, there are lots of fun uses for tissue paper that will keep you and your family plenty busy. Some of Made with HAPPY uses
Buttons – What I love about having buttons on hand is that they add color and fun to not only sewing projects, but can be applied with glue for fun bling and faces.
Cupcake Liners – We all know they can add colorful flare to your cupcakes, but there are lots of fun crafts that can can use cupcake lines including garlands, flowers, and decorations.
Crayons – Just like markers, these are a must with kids. So many hours spent coloring, drawing, and writing using these beauties. In terms of colors, Crayola is by far my favorite. Some of Made with HAPPY uses
Finger Paint – This is sort of a no-brainer on its uses, but what is great about finger paint is that it can be used by kids from toddlers up. What kid doesn’t love getting their hands dirty? Some of Made with HAPPY uses
Satin Ribbon – Ribbons are great for gifts, weaving, wind crafts and so much more.
Pipe Cleaners – Pipe cleaners are a very versitile craft supply. You can make things out of the pipe cleaners like pumpkins and animals, but you can also use them for antennas, or when making costumes.
Craft Sand – Sand art can provide the kids a number of crafts from art work, to home made gifts. We love sand and definitely need to do more crafts with it.
Googly Eyes – We love googly eyes, and who doesn’t love these rainbow googly eyes?
Sticker Gems – These are great when decorating frames, or making cards, or any gifts of any kind. What kid doesn’t love stickers?
Crepe Paper Streamers – These are not only party decoration favorites, but they can be used in some fun crafts making flowers, pinatas and so much more.
Embroidery Thread – Emboridery is a fun art and there are so many great patterns and stitches, but these beauties can also be used in craft for jewelry, friendship bracelets, and diy pom poms.
Chalk – Another one of those kid staples, chalk can provide great outdoor fun on the drive way, hopscotch, and we even use it for party decorations leading into the parties.
Straws – These are great for summer drinks and parties, but also fun for crafts, kid building activities, etc. I find it very useful to always have a package on hand.
Curling Ribbon – Again, another gift wrapping specialty, but these colorful ribbons can be used when decorating parties, kids craft and lots of other fun
Popsicle Sticks – I feel like there are a 100 and one different crafts you can use these for. Flowers, trees, fans, puppets, etc. I always have a package on hand for the next craft.
Foam Sheets – These are great for making cards, cutting out different items for art project and general kid crafts can be had with simple foam sheets.
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