Art supplies are essential for any homeschooling family. We aren’t the most artistic of homeschoolers, but even we go through (probably more than) our fair share of art supplies.
If you are just starting out, or if your kids have used up all the supplies from last year, you may find the selection of art supplies in the back to school section of your store overwhelming.
However, you don’t need everything (but you might need something the standard Walmart or Target doesn’t have). We’ve found the following essential supplies for homeschooling art to work great for our family without breaking the bank:
Essential Supplies for Homeschooling Art
- Crayons (this case of 152 crayons is awesome)
Scissors (after Bo cut her hair, we’re moving to kid-safe scissors)
Glue sticks (we prefer sticks to runny glue)
Colored pencils (Prismacolor is our favorite brand )
Watercolor pencils (last year was our first year to try these and they were surprisingly addicting. You can transform a simple pencil drawing into a watercolor painting by adding a few strokes of water)
Non-toxic watercolor paints (we like the old-fashioned boxes)
Butcher paper(big rolls are awesome)
Assorted stickers (put them on math assignments. Math is more fun with stickers)
Baking clay(we prefer this to air-dry clay, which crumbles easily)
Acrylic paints (not to be used when toddlers/babies are awake! We had a horrible incident involving Bo, a tray of acrylic paints, and the rest of my day)
Pom Poms(maybe not essential for all families, but they are staples in our projects!)
Hot glue gun and glue sticks (you can use low-temp for safety, but I prefer the effectiveness of the high-temp guns)
Regular sticks (for some reason Money and Bo are crazy about ordinary sticks found in the yard)
Paintbrushes (we use both traditional and foam brushes)
Items that are nice to have, but not essential
Playdough (or you can make your own, which is a project in itself. This is our favorite recipe)
Paint cups to prevent drips
Shrinky dinks– my girls love watching their creations change shape, and I confess I love it, too!
Things you will not find in our art supplies
Markers (we’ve had far too many marker accidents)
Clay that never dries (it’s too difficult to remove from cloth)
Finger paints (Bo is a mess terror and I am not subjecting myself to this)
Art “kits” (for the most part, we prefer open-ended art supplies)
If you need inspiration for art projects, hop on over to our art Pinterest board. I almost always pin crafts and art projects that are EASY.
Our favorite art books
Our Pinterest Arts and Crafts Board
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