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Essential Craft Items for Kids to Encourage Creativity

The benefits of artistic activities in children is undeniable. Not only does it help them develop their fine motor skills, it also boosts their self-esteem and encourages self-expression.

These traits are invaluable as kids grow.

So, which supplies should you have in your craft closet to get your child’s creative juices flowing? Let’s look at the essential items for art projects that kids enjoy!

Remember, when you need to keep your child occupied, pipe cleaners and construction paper can only go so far.

While egg cartons and a glue gun can spark the imagination, DIY kits provide craft projects that have a useful end product.

Keep browsing our Purple Ladybug store to purchase some super-fun kids' craft supplies!

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Incredible Benefits to Crafting With Children

Let’s face it — coming up with new and fun arts and crafts ideas can be an exhausting task, especially when you have limited time.

In an effort to let kids entertain themselves, it’s so easy to revert back to letting them watch television. However, encouraging your kids’ craft activities is an excellent way to combat screen time.

Creating arts and crafts using various textures and craft supplies encourages children to develop in various ways. Some essential areas include:

  • Self-expression
  • Dexterity
  • Fine motor skills
  • Planning and problem solving
  • Confidence and pride

Basic Kids Craft Supplies

Every craft closet should contain basic art supplies to get started on any project. If children have access to these basic items, they’re all set to create a masterpiece.

  • Glue stick or school glue
  • Construction paper
  • Pom Poms
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Tissue paper
  • Glitter or glitter glue
  • Kids paint (acrylic or watercolor paint)
  • Felt
  • Markers
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Washi tape or masking tape

Create a New World With Stickers

Stickers are a favorite craft basic for many kids, opening a world of possibilities to any project. With an extensive variety of designs and textures available, they’re enough to spark many craft ideas.

Grab a few sheets of construction paper, felt, cotton balls, paint, and any other material to create beautiful scenery with vibrant colors.

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The stickers available from Purple Ladybug encourage creativity using various textures, styles, and scents to keep kids occupied for hours. 

Decorate Your Stuff Kit Super Scent Scratch and Sniff 3D Puffy Stickers 40/80 Sheets
Pack Size 11 sheets of stickers 45 sheets with 675 stickers 40 sheets with approximately 1000 stickers OR 80 sheets with approximately 2000 stickers
Descriptions A variety of vinyl, foil, gem, and glitter to inspire craft ideas in any project. Individually wrapped stickers to maintain scent freshness. The vivid fruity smells are long lasting and provide a pleasing sensory experience. This pack contains unique designs bringing crafts to life.

Extra tip: If you’re aiming to create a scenery project bursting with texture, you won’t find anything better than nature. Add a few leaves, twigs, grass, and sand to bring your stickers to life.

Endless Possibilities With Playdough

Making play dough at home is an enjoyable experience for many children. Testing different recipes gives them the chance to get messy and experiment with various ingredient combinations.

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Whether buying Playdough or making it, it’s one of the most versatile kids craft supplies around. Not only does it open a world of possibilities for kids craft projects, it also presents numerous combinations to use.

Extra tip: Add food coloring, glitter, or scents for a sensory experience, or bake it and allow the kids to paint their creations.

Back to Basics With Coloring

Coloring pictures is one of the most basic forms of arts and crafts for kids. Not only is it an effortless activity, it can also provide hours of uninterrupted entertainment.

Setting up is as simple as grabbing some crayons, pencils, or markers, as well as blank paper, coloring books, or free printables.

Of course, coloring isn’t limited to a standard picture anymore. Craft kits like Color In Puzzles merge fine motor skills with problem solving. 

Color In Puzzles - 2 Puzzle Pack
Color In Puzzles - 2 Puzzle Pack

Create Beautiful Projects With Resin Craft Kits

DIY Resin craft kits are best for children nine years and older. These crafts require adult supervision, making it the perfect project for a bonding experience.

Each kit includes resin, hardener, measuring cups, molds, mixing cups, stirring sticks, safety glasses, gloves, and a smoothing file.

Our full Photo Charms Craft Kit includes everything kids need to learn about resin crafts. These photo charm crafts are perfect for creating key fobs or Christmas Tree ornaments. Use the stencils for your desired shape and add some glitter for extra sparkle.

There are two variations for the resin unicorn horns:

  • Resin Horn Craft Kit: Includes all the materials needed to create a standalone unicorn horn. The final product is perfect for storing scrunchies.

    Resin Crafts: Unicorn Horn Craft Kit
    Resin Crafts: Unicorn Horn Craft Kit

  • Unicorn Headband Craft Kit: Choose between the three glitter options included, or use all of them when creating this headband.

Mesmerize With Scratch Paper

Scratchy Scratch Paper is a favorite among craft supplies for kids. The magic of scraping the surface off to reveal the colors underneath is near mesmerising. Some children even find it soothing.

The Scratchy Scratch Paper 36 Combo from Purple Ladybug includes a variety of stickers, stencils, and scratchy sticks to create interesting pictures.

Extra tip: When they’re done scratching their preferred pictures, add a few kids craft supplies for a personalized twist to the project.

No Fuss Wax Craft Sticks

For many parents, the potential mess after a session of arts and crafts induces stress. If this sounds like a familiar scenario to you, then Kids Wax Craft Sticks are the perfect addition to your craft closet.

These sticks contain yarn and wax, making them flexible and ideal for creating 3D designs or 2D crafts. 

Kids Wax Craft Sticks
Kids Wax Craft Sticks

Extra tip: These strips come in a variety of vibrant colors and with endless possibilities. If you don’t like the final product, just take it apart and reshape it.

Tips for Choosing Suitable Kids Craft Supplies

While arts and crafts are an incredible opportunity for children to explore and learn new skills, not all kids have the same interests. Some learn certain skills faster than others, or have different preferences.

This is a crucial factor to consider when planning crafts or purchasing art supplies. Here are a few other points to consider while shopping:

  • Age: Consider the child’s age and what their capabilities are. Ensure that you buy age appropriate supplies relevant to the child’s development.
  • Materials: Ensure that the materials used are non-toxic and of the highest quality for any budding artist. While encouraging creativity, it’s essential to provide the correct materials for their specific project.
  • Cleaning up: Think about how easy it will be to clean up those supplies when the project is done. Will it potentially leave stains or damage furniture? Should you keep the work area contained, or covered in newspaper?

Get Crafting

Whatever your skill level, get your hands dirty and join in on the kids craft ideas. With various craft supplies for kids at your disposal, the possibilities are endless.

Kids crafts are an essential part for every developing child. So stock up and have some fun!

Now that you’re ready to purchase some craft supplies for kids, browse Purple Ladybug or visit us on for inspiration for your next project.

And, even though these kits have all the kids craft supplies included, don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit with some additional craft store staples.

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