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.
Washable tempera paintPaint brushesWashable finger paintWatercolors
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.
Occasionally we grab the finger paint and watercolors, too.
Crayola drawing tools
Washable markersCrayonsColored pencils
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).
The Crossover GripThe Pinch GripThe Original Pencil Grip3-Step Training Kit
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 paperCardstockConstruction paperTissue paper
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
Glue sticksSchool glueTacky glueScissors
Truthfully, I avoid glue bottles whenever I can and opt for glue sticks instead. But we pull out our trusty school glue when we need it.
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
Do-a-Dot markersGoogly eyesPom pomsCraft sticksGlitterPlay dohPipe cleanersCraft gems
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!
I put together an art supply gift box with all of the above suggestions for a 4 yo and included a ruler (so cute with 3D images on it and there was an accompanying funny 3D notebook too), stencils, construction and doodle paper as well as foam sheets and reusable resin animal figurines for painting. For kitchen art I included cookie cutters and decorating supplies. The premade icing bottles are the best! Along with the chenille pipe cleaners, some textiles were added such as felt sheets, embroidery floss, plastic large-gauge needles for lacing yarn and embroidery. Forgot to include a plastic grid mesh that would have been fun. Did add a Styrofoam wreath and yarn for embellishing (wrap-around and home-made pom poms) though. Wish I had remembered to add pencil grips to the stash of sharpeners, funny erasers and pencil cases! That was a good suggestion. Finally, also included some storage boxes and baskets, including some in wood that could be customized with paint and stickers. I had a hard time parting with some of the stickers! LOL They’re so stinking cute, especially the 3D versions! Plenty of fun for making dioramas in the DIY ornaments. Should bring the little one and the parents plenty of indoor fun during the coming winter months. Thanks for all of your wonderful suggestions. It helped me to get the shopping list in order! Been a minute since we had “Littles” to shop for.
Wow, this sounds like an amazing gift, Stephanie!! Way to go! I’m sure the little one – and her parents – (will) LOVE IT!
I should I check this list before.
I have really supplies for my son.
You have a great list here.
I’m excited about both the prize! My daughter is 4 and she is loves art so much and wants to be an artist when she grows up. I’m sure she will love the set of Kwix Stix to create colorful & wonderful art. a She will be starting kindergarten in few months. As a mom I love a Pencil Grip training set which will help the little hands to get started with writing in a fun n safe way. Thanks for the lovely ideas, reviews and giveaway!
I would like to try the pencil grips with my oldest – she has recently started putting her thumb all the way around her pencil!
I’d love to try the kwix stix! Been hearing so much about them!
I keep seeing these everywhere, I would love to try them!
We recently bought Kwik sticks at Target. My four year old really likes to use them, he says “They are slippery, like glue.”
You have been so busy!! I am loving the new books! I told my kinders you wrote SHE just for them – they said it was very nice of you and that you filled their bucket! 🙂
The grips look great – I have so many friends that can’t figure out that grip this year….
Keep up the good work!!
Ah, thank you, Lynn – that made my day! 🙂
Kiwi sticks sound fun!
My boys will love to have the 12 -pack of Kwix Stix! They are so much fun and it’s a quiet activity they both can do during our quiet time.
Thank you for the opportunity to win! We love hands-on projects here!
We don’t paint as often as I’d like because it’s just so messy! So I’m excited about the Kwik Stix.
Two very valuable giveaways. Most kind of you to arrange this for readers. The paint sticks were new to me. How clever. And we do not have that brand of pencil grips. Eager to give both a try.
You forgot yarn, glitter GLUE, stickers, and brads! 😉
I think I am most excited about the Kwik Stix. I’ve not had the chance to try them yet and they sound Amazing!
I cant wait to try the new paints. I use about everything else y ou mentioned. I would love to win the paints and pencil grips!
Oh my goodness! I would love the opportunity to use Kwik Stix with my Special Ed students. I have tried so many different tools, products, methods, and measures to allow my students the experience of painting, but they always end in disaster! No, really, DISASTERS!! I am looking for a magic solution to the paint disasters and Kwik Stix just might be the answer.
Loved the pencil grips! A few of my 4 year old students still struggle to with their grips. Thanks for sharing the new grips that I had not heard of. Would love to win a set for my PK classroom.
I have heard great things about Kwik Stix. I would love to give them a try.
I would really like to try the Kwix Stix. Thanks for the giveaway, Anna!
KwikStix…what a great new product! Thanks for sharing!!!
Wow, great giveaway and my 6 yr old twin boys would love to use the kiwk sticks! Thank you for the opportunity.
Great list! I love art supplies. I may have an addiction. I haven’t used pencil grips before, and I think they would help my little ones. Thanks!
the kiwk sticks for sure~
I am excited about the pencil grips. Constantly trying to get my kiddos to hold pencils correctly. Would love these!
My kids would love the Kwik Sticks and also the pencil grip. My oldest has issues with holding pencils correctly so this would be a big help!!
My students would love these!
We have a huge supply of manilla paper
Those Kwik stick sound awesome!!! They will be great for my 2 year old. My 3 year old might benefit from pencil grip, too!
My daughter would love the Kwix Stix, and I would love the fact that they are mess free!!
I’d love to have the pencil grips for the Children’s Reference desk at my library.
My 4-year-old loves to paint. I’m sure he would love if Mama let him paint more often, with something less messy like Kwix Stix. I hate paint everywhere! We do use the pencil grips already and they do help.
I’d love to try to Kwix Stix, I’ve never even heard of them!
Kwix Stix !!! So cool. My 2 boys will love them.
I don’t know if you can send them to France. But it’s also the occasion to tell you that I’m always eager to read your newsletters.
Thanks for sharing! I love the BIG sets of everything- wish I would have used these when I had lots of littles doing school at one time. Now I have my 4 yr. old and she loves everything about art. Would love to try the Kwix Stix 🙂
I am so excited about the kwix stix because my preschool class would love them. I have personally used pencil grips, they are important but not exciting for most students.
I am so excited to try the Kwix Stix! With a class of 27 Kindergarten students, we make messes easily!
I would love to have the pencil grip training set to help my daughter with her pencil grip.
I have never even heard of Kwix Stix! I so need these because I usually freak out about paint messes! I really should get the pencil grips for my boys too, as I’ve been a bit lazy about teaching them proper grip. You’re awesome!
I know all of my kids (4, 5, & 9) would love the Kwik Stix! The pencil grips would be very helpful for us too.
My children LOVE anything art! Give them some paper, crayons, glue sticks etc…they will sit for hours! Their favorite medium right now is water paint. However, my daughter has showed a great interest in finger paint.
I love the idea ofKwik Stix for my 18 month old!
Thank you for sharing. I have heard of Kwik Stix but have yet to try them. There is certainly something to be said for the sensory experience of painting but the idea of less clean up is very appealing on some days. Cotton balls and beads are additions to my art supplies.
I am most excited about the Kwik Stix. My kids love to paint, so I think this would be a great addition to our art tools and it would give a new spin on painting!
I love the pencil grips for my fourth grade resource students. It helps them hold their pencils in the right position with an appropriate amount of pressure to produce smoother more legible handwriting. The added bonus of minimizing hand fatigue keeps them writing longer, which is good for everyone. I am guessing that since the grips are great products, the kwix stix are super cool products too! I am really excited about trying them out in my classroom for art and then seeing where they can replace other products that we may be bored with.
My 3 yo and 2 yo would love Kwik Stix! They have only painted at the homes of friends because I can’t stand the extra hassle and mess!
I am very excited about the Kwix sticks, they are new to me and with a 3 and a 4 year old they would make our life easier!
Love those grips! Thank you for the giveaway!
I need Kwix stix. I shook a bottle of paint to mix it and when I opened at 8:10am I covered in a spray of red. I had to go the whole day with a red tint on my face and ruined clothes. I also liked that you showed a picture of where to find them in Target.
I like the grip training pencils to help the little ones with handling their writing tools properly ?
I love both of them. These sound very cool to use!!
We have a kwix stix set! Love them! Need to replenish though as most of our colors are almost gone. Those Halloween pumpkins really used up the orange for sure!
We already own the pencil grips (thanks to a previous recommendation from you). So, we’d love to try the Kwix Stix. Thanks for the reminder to get the paint out and let my kids create!
Thanks for sharing the list and telling us about the Kwix Stixs.
The pencil grips sound like exactly what my little one needs. Thanks for the giveaway!
As a kindergarten teacher, I could use ANY of the the art supplies, but I’m most excited about the pencil grips and Kwix Stix. Many of my students struggle holding a pencil so the pencil grips would be very helpful and the paint issue. Oh man! I’d love some fast dry paint!
I’m most excited about trying the pencil grips to correct my son’s grip. It’s nice when you can find a product to aid in fixing an ongoing issue in a positive way!
The Kwix Stix look amazing!! They would be perfect for my six year old daughter who loves to paint: she would get to pain a bunch more because I would not have to worry about a mess! And I would love to try them with my four year old son. He will not paint because he does not like the mess that normally goes with it, but maybe with these he would give painting a try.
The pencil grips because I am a fanatic about that.
The paint things just seem like markers to me. Maybe if I saw them in use I’d get it but I don’t see the difference right now.
Have never seen Kwix Sticks, but I am intrigued and really want to try them! We had a fantastic paint mess in our dining room today. 😀
I really need the Do A Dot Art! Markers !
My 7 year old nephew would think these were the most amazing thing ever! Thank you for sharing.
The kwik sticks. My boys love coloring and painting.
My 7 year old would love to have some Kwik sticks. That way he won’t have to ask me for permission before painting.
I definitely need to get some Kwix Stix. My 2 year old loves to do projects. A less messy option would be great! I’m adding that to my Christmas shopping for sure!