Art Materials for Kids

Art materials for kids, including kid-friendly paints, drawing materials, papers, collage art materials, sculpture materials, and dough modeling materials and tools.

My Favorite Stubby Pencil Studio Kids Art Supplies

Our Favorite Kids Art Supplies from Stubby Pencil Studio

As you know, I buy our art supplies from a variety of places, both locally and online. One place I return to again and again is Stubby Pencil Studio, for the quality of the art supplies offered and because of the eco-friendly focus. I’ve also worked with Kate, Stubby Pencil’s owner, as a blog sponsor for years in the past and I consider her a friend (although we haven’t met in person yet!).

I’ve been wanting to write a post of my favorites from Stubby Pencil for a while now, and as I just received my most recent order of art and school supplies in the mail, I decided now would be a good time!

Some things I buy from Stubby Pencil Studio, year after year

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What to do with Water Beads

What to Do with Water BeadsWe love water beads. LOVE them!

I’ve been sharing some of our water bead play on Instagram and Facebook lately and have been surprised by how many people are either not familiar with them or ask what to do with water beads.

So, I thought I’d put together a post with

  • where to get water beads
  • how to hydrate them
  • and some of the fun things we do with them.

I’ll also link to some other posts around the web at the bottom of this post with even more ideas for what to do with water beads.

A quick note about safety: These water beads are safe for touching and playing with but NOT for eating. If you have a little one who still puts things in his mouth, then supervise very closely (as I’m sure you would anyway) or save the water beads for when he is older. I’ll include a couple of edible water bead ideas at the end of this post that might be better for children who mouth things…

Where to Buy Water Beads

We have bought water beads from a variety of places over time. I’ve found them in the toy section of a local drugstore for $1.99. Most recently, I’ve bought them through Amazon for a little over a dollar (with free shipping!). Those are the ones you see pictured here.

You can also apparently find them at the Dollar Tree (with a more limited color selection) or at a Michael’s craft store in the floral section (water beads are used as a vase filler).

You can buy a color assortment as you see here, single colors, or clear water beads.

You can buy a little packet like ours (plenty for family fun or a small sensory tub) or you can buy a large packet of water beads (if you wanted to fill a kiddie pool or use them at a party, maybe).

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Shaving Cream Marbling with Liquid Watercolors

Shaving Cream Marbling with Liquid WatercolorsWe LOVE shaving cream marbling. Love it. Love any marbling, really, but shaving cream marbling is especially fun (it involves shaving cream, after all) as well as beautiful (the colors are just so vibrant).

We’ve done shaving cream marbling so many times over the years, both on our own and with friends, for no special reason and in order to make handmade gifts. We’ve even done it with a variety of paints.

A couple weeks ago, when Maia was sick and sleeping away most of the day, she even requested a shaving cream marbling session during a brief awake and not-too-feverish period.

When I looked back at my old posts on shaving cream marbling, though, I realized that they were way overdue for an update.

So here you go.

Shaving Cream Marbling with Liquid Watercolors

With better photos, added tips for success, and years of experience under our belt…… 

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Whats in Our Kids Wooden Art Supply Caddy

Kids Art Supply Holders and More from Rustics RebornWhat do a kids’ wooden art supply caddy and a wall mounted iPad holder have in common?

Not much, you say?

Well, I have been coveting both of these useful items for years now and finally asked my woodworker friend Doug to make them for me.

And both handy-dandy organization devices are now fully integrated into our household.

We’ve set up the wooden art caddy to be our portable art box—to take our art outside (to the teepee, for example, or the patio), to the porch, and even around the house.

Since the art supply caddy has four compartments, it’s a great way to keep a selection of kids art materials handy in one place. And the carry handle means it can be grabbed and taken to the bedroom floor or to the backyard at a moment’s notice.

What’s in Our Kids Art Supply Caddy

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Art with Rocks :: 18 Ways to Use Rocks in Kids Art

Kids Art with Rocks - 18 Ways to Use Rocks in Kids ArtEverybody loves a rock, right? Byrd Baylor would say Everybody Needs a Rock.

Maia went through a phase as a toddler and preschooler where she would pick up and collect rocks anywhere we happened to be.

Piles of rocks.

Now it’s usually just a special rock here or there. And a budding interest in geology.

We like our rocks au naturel, but we also have a soft spot for rock arts and crafts.

Here are 18 ways to use rocks in kids art

(some we’ve done; some of these we’d like to do):

 

Melted Crayon Rocks

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7 Watercolor Techniques for Kids :: Experimenting

Watercolor Techniques for Kids - Experimenting with Different TechniquesWe’ve been experimenting lately with different watercolor techniques for kids, adding new twists to our favorite tools and techniques as well as trying out new ideas.

Our experiments include dropping, spreading, adding rubbing alcohol and salt, using the watercolors with water and without, and painting on the light table. I have lots of photos and (super simple) instructions to share with you.

But first, a few notes about art materials:

WATERCOLORS

Liquid watercolor paints are one of our all-time favorite art materials and most of what you will see in this post was done with liquid watercolors.

However, we used watered down food coloring for some watercolor painting and experimenting yesterday and the results were surprisingly hard to distinguish from the liquid watercolors. So if you haven’t made the plunge to order liquid watercolors yet, give the food coloring a try.

I’ve also heard that you can make your own liquid watercolors from old dried-up markers…… 

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25 Creative Easter Basket Ideas for Kids

25 Last Minute Easter Basket Ideas for Kids - Lots of creative ideas!It’s only a week until Easter!

Do you know what’s going into your children’s Easter baskets?

If you need a little help, here are 25 creative Easter basket ideas…

No candy in the bunch!

(But if you wanted to add a chocolate bunny or a few chocolate eggs, I’m sure your kiddos won’t object.)

This selection will promote creativity, imagination, and active play long after the Easter candy is gone.

Last minute Easter basket ideas for kids

Note: These items are all sold through Amazon.com. If you have Prime membership, as we do (love it!), you’re receive your Easter goodies super quickly. If you don’t have Prime, you can likely pay a little extra to get them in time for Easter. Or sign up for a free trial membership…. 

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Easter Gift Ideas for Kids (+ A GIVEAWAY by Stubby Pencil Studio)

Stubby Pencil Studio Easter Case GiveawayWhat do artful parents such as you and me like to see in Easter baskets?

Why art supplies, of course!

The creative experiences they inspire will live on long after the chocolate bunny is gone.

Stubby Pencil Studio, one of my longest standing blog sponsors, is where I often shop for fun and artful holiday gifts, whether I’m looking for stocking stuffers, Valentine’s gifts, or Easter gift ideas for kids.

Here’s what I ordered this year for our resident Easter bunny to put in the baskets (Shhh…):

If you want to order some creative supplies for your own kids’ Easter baskets, or just want to buy some eco art supplies this spring, Stubby Pencil Studio is offering 15% off for Artful Parent readers through April 30th with the discount code APSAVE15.

Eco Art Easter Gifts for Kids from Stubby Pencil Studio

Easter gift ideas for kids from Stubby Pencil Studio

These are each priced under $10 (pictured clockwise from top left):

By the way, if you want an artful Easter basket for your kids or grandkids, but don’t know what to include or don’t have the time to shop, you can select a felt flower basket OR  a cute felt bunny basket that she’ll fill for you according to your child’s age and gender.

Artful Easter Giveaway

Stubby Pencil Studio Easter Case Giveaway

Stubby Pencil Studio is offering a giveaway case of inspiring Easter gifts, including:

Value = $55+

a Rafflecopter giveaway

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment to this blog post by Wednesday, March 26th at 11:59pm EST answering this question: What creative supplies would your children be most excited to see in their Easter basket? Giveaway open to US readers.

Good luck!

A Slanted Kids Drawing Table :: Ergonomic and Portable!

A Slanted Kids Drawing Table

I bought a new kids drawing table a couple months ago (that one from Imagine Childhood that I said was on my wish list when I wrote about the best art tools for kids) and wanted to share our experience with it.

The table itself is simple, sturdy, and highly functional and I thought the price was very reasonable for a drawing table of this quality. The paper roll that attaches to it is purchased separately and is not quite so inexpensive, but it’s good paper and worth it to be able to use this table. Although you can also use the table without the paper roll…… 

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Forget Crayons :: 11 Best Art Materials for Toddlers

Forget Crayons - The 11 Best Art Materials for Todders

Crayons are the ubiquitous art material for young children, right? If there’s one art material every family has on hand, it’s probably crayons. But as widespread as they are, I don’t feel they are one of the best art materials for toddlers.

Why not?

You have to press hard to get bright color, the paper wrapper is a pain, and the skinny crayons just break so quickly.

So, what are the best art materials for toddlers?… 

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