Getting Started with Art

We first started doing art projects almost 2 1/2 years ago, when Love Bug was just over 2 years old. I had gotten ideas for different art activities and sensory fun from several blogs and had found lists of essential art supplies to have on hand. It seemed a little overwhelming with all the potential craft supplies, but we’ve just added little by little over time as we’ve found new things that look fun.

If you’re interested in getting started on doing fun projects, here are some good things to have.

The essentials:

  • washable finger paints (We like Crayola. The washable part is really important. These wash off with just water and don’t stain.)
  • washable markers
  • paintbrushes
  • a large roll of paper and a pad of painting paper
  • construction paper
  • tempera paint
  • watercolor paints
  • crayons
  • glue
  • glue sticks
  • kids’ scissors


Other little things that are fun to use:

  • googly eyes
  • pipe cleaners
  • pompoms
  • cotton balls
  • ribbon
  • buttons
  • popsicle sticks
  • beads
  • tissue paper
  • sequins
  • glitter
  • felt

From around the house:

  • paper towel rolls
  • empty recyclable containers (for storage and for crafts)
  • egg cartons
  • shaving cream
  • empty boxes of all sizes


We also have squeeze bottles for some of our tempera paint projects. We use plastic containers to organize and store our craft supplies in our “project closet.”



About Kelly

I'm a stay-at-home mom to two boys and a girl. My Love Bug is 4 and has been doing art projects since just after turning 2. My Sweet Pea is 2 and tries to do everything his brother does. Little Flower is 4 months and has no idea of all the fun she has ahead of her.
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