Friends and family members always say they would do more art with their children if they knew where to start and had the tools they need.
I have been working on setting up a art and craft area in my house that has access to items that are specifically for little ones. I want the littles to make art choices about what they will make and create. Items can inspire.
What basic tool should all we all have in our studio/ house:
- Scissors– Purchased at any art store in a variety of sharpness. We have some very blunt plastic ones that come in pinking sheers (Zigzag cut), wavy and normal. These plastic scissors do a surprisingly good job at cutting paper and thats about it.
- Glue stick– not as messy as paste and works on paper, card and fabrics.
- Drawing tools– Pencils, markers, crayons, paint pens. Choose a range that suits your child.
- Tape– Washi tape is my tape of choice. Good for little fingers, can be removed if stuck on walls or other items that have gotten in the way of the creative space and can be purchased in a range of fun patterns and colours.
- Paper– new or used or both. I like to encourage children to have a visual diary or scrap book to work in when creating but other paper scraps are perfect to be cut up, stuck down, ripped, folded, glues and anything else that the budding artists think of.
You will be surprised at what is created with these few basic tools that more families have laying around the home. Children don’t need to most expensive of art tools. Using recycled items works best and give them some space to think creatively.
Other items you might like to invest in are:
- Craft foam
- Wet paint
- Paint brushes
- Air dry clay
- Art easel
Through out this blog you will see reference to other items that I have found and may be testing our or have had experience with however I will try to give some suggestions on alternate items or tools that may be more accessible to everyone.