Here are our must-have art materials for preschool and kindergarten!
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The ultimate list of art materials for preschool and kindergarten
Are you looking for the best art materials to have on hand for preschool or kindergarten?
Whether you’re at home or in the classroom, you’ll find the best of the best in this list of must-have supplies!
Solid paint tempera sticks
Kwix Stix are the new art supply that everyone is talking about … and no wonder! If you’ve ever cringed at a painting mess, you need to get a set of these solid tempera paint sticks. Kids apply paint like they’re using a glue stick – and it dries in 90 seconds! No spilling, no water, no mess. And you can’t beat the variety of vibrant colors.
Click on any of the above images to order a set for school or home.
Bonus! You can use Kwix Stix on wood, canvas, poster board, and many other media.
As much as I wish we could stick with Kwix Stix and avoid the mess all the time, kids need to experiment with a variety of art supplies. We pull out our washable tempera paint at least once a week. Here are good paint brushes.
Crayola drawing tools
Crayola crayons, markers, and colored pencils are the very best. That’s why I recently bought an entire case of each – just for home! These giant sets are perfect for classrooms (and big families whose toddlers are hard on art supplies).
I know we’re talking about art supplies here, but The Pencil Grip is a must for kids learning to hold their tools correctly. It fits right on pencils, crayons, colored pencils, and even skinny markers. Plus, it comes in three different styles for different levels of support.
If you think about it, it makes sense to use the pencil grip on art supplies before teaching kids to write their letters using a grip. Learning to form letters and hold the pencil correctly at the same time can be overwhelming. Why not teach kids to hold their tools correctly while they’re doing something they already know (and love) – coloring!
As a teacher, I bought an entire classroom set of the The Original Pencil Grip (out of my own pocket) because I knew these were the very best grips for helping kids hold their tools correctly. I love that you can get additional styles, now… like the crossover grip – to help kids who tend to cross one finger over the other.
- The Crossover Grip prevents children from crossing over fingers.
- The Pinch Grip allows children to see the way they’re holding the pencil while still providing some structure.
- The Original Grip provides freedom while maintaining comfort and control.
I seriously can’t recommend these enough for school or home!
Ultimate art paper is a great purchase because kids can use it for drawing, painting and collages. Of course you’ll also want to have some sturdy cardstock (we use ours almost every day), a large supply of construction paper, and a stash of tissue paper for special projects.
Glue and scissors
For tougher gluing jobs, this is our favorite tacky glue.
As for scissors, I prefer the Fiskars pointed scissors, not blunt scissors – even for my preschoolers. (I guess we like to live dangerously.) If you have a lefty, you might want to invest in a lefty scissors. We like this one for our lefty cutter. (Not all lefties cut left-handed, so don’t jump to buy a lefty scissors too quickly.)
The fun extras
Don’t forget these!
- Do-a-dot markers – Even though they’re messy and can stain clothing, we use them nearly every day (with extra supervision). Instead of using them for traditional art projects, we use them with our learning tools. Try them with our dot sticker pages, letter find pages, Math bingo games, and more!
- Googly eyes – Can you ever have too many?
- Pom poms – Not just for crafts! Get fun pom pom ideas here.
- Craft sticks – Not sure what to do with this classic craft item? Get some inspiration in this post.
- Glitter – Okay, truth. I don’t like glitter. It’s not allowed in my house. But if you can be a little less Type A, your children will thank you!
- Play doh – Does play doh count as a craft item? It’s certainly a tool for creativity, so we’ll go with it. 😉 Choose from over 100 free play doh mats to use with your stash.
- Pipe cleaners – These colorful, bendy stems have so many possibilities… here’s some inspiration in case you need it.
- Craft jewels – Add some bling to your art projects with these fun little gems.
Did I leave anything off the list? Let us know below!