18 Essentials for Every Child’s Craft Supply Box

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Crafts tend to be fun no matter what your age, especially when they can be shared with your kids. Do you hear the question, “Mom, can we do a project?” Well, I think I do about several times per week. My son has always loved doing crafts, and you can only do so much with construction paper, scissors and glue.

After looking around on the internet for kid’s crafts and thinking up a few on my own, I came up with a nice little list of items that should be in every child’s craft box. With these items you have many options and variety when deciding which projects you wish to do.

  1. Construction Paper
  2. Scissors
  3. Glue
  4. Tape
  5. Writing Instruments – Markers, Crayons, Pens & Pencils
  6. Googly Eyes
  7. Paper Lunch Bags
  8. White Paper Cups
  9. Popsicle Sticks
  10. Pipe Cleaners
  11. Stickers
  12. Yarn
  13. Cotton Balls
  14. Paper Plates
  15. Ruler
  16. Washable Paints
  17. Sponges and Brushes for Painting
  18. Lace or Ribbon

These 18 items will greatly open up possibilities for your child’s imagination, as well as your own. A few other things you may consider adding to your box are simple items found around your house.

  • Empty Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Empty Paper Towel Rolls
  • Egg Cartons
  • Old Magazines
  • Coffee Cans
  • Small Boxes
  • Remnant Fabric
  • Odd Buttons
  • Don’t forget to include an old shirt or smock for painting

I keep our craft supplies in a large plastic Rubbermaid box, but there are many other ways you could store your supplies. A large plastic tool box, toy storage bins, or drawers in a small dresser would all work quite nicely as well.

Soon I hope to share with you some of the crafts that my son and I have come up with using some of these items. Until then, check out my favorite site for finding great children’s craft ideas, Enchanted Learning.

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Posted on March 6th, 2009 in Kids and Family | 2 Comments
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  • I was nodding as I went down your list of items. I have a small, free-standing cabinet that I keep all of our craft supplies in. I LOVE to foster creative thinking in my daughter and it really helps to have these things on hand.

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  • Amanda says:

    Nicki – Yeah, it’s pretty amazing how creative you can get when you have these simple supplies on hand.

    I love coming up with new ideas, even if it is just a really easy craft. Besides, that’s what kids need anyway.

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