Craft Supplies

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It's hard to know what basic art supplies you'll be needing when it comes time to do craft projects with the daycare kids. I've been doing craft projects for years now, so I can share a complete list of things every good craft cabinet should have!


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The best part of ordering from Discount School Supplies is that it's free shipping for orders over $79.  I just keep a list of supplies I need and order all at once so I always get the free shipping.


Basic Craft Cabinet Supplies

Colorations Simply Washable Tempera Paints 16 oz. - Set of 11 Classic Colors Colorations Simply Washable Tempera Paint - Case
Lots of projects call for tempera paint, so buying a variety pack of colors is a good way to start. This set of 16 ounce bottles comes in 11 classic colors. Colors can be mixed together for even more variety.


Colorations Simply Washable Tempera Paint - 16 oz. Colorations Simply Washable Tempera Paint - 16 oz bottle
As you use your craft supplies, you're eventually going to run out of the most popular colors of paint. Replace individual bottles here.


9 x 12 Colorations Heavyweight Construction Paper 9 x 12 Colorations Heavyweight Construction Paper

28 different colors to choose from that come in packages of 50 sheets. This heavy duty paper cuts clean and folds evenly, making it ideal for your craft projects.


Small Colorations Washable Glue Sticks in a Tray .32 oz. Each - Set of 12 Coloration Glue Sticks - Set of 12

Whenever possible, I use gluesticks with the kids' projects because it's easier for the kids to handle and less mess for me to clean up. Glue sticks are available in small size or large size, but I always buy the small size to make it easier for little hands to handle.

Fiskars 5 Blunt Tip Scissors Fiskars 5 Blunt Tip Scissors

Preschool kids can practice their cutting skills while staying safe with the blunt-end blades. Good for open-ended practice or helping to cut out project pieces.

Wood Craft Sticks - 1000 Pieces

Wood Craft Sticks - 1000 Pieces

Craft sticks, also called Popsicle sticks, are a necessary staple for your craft cabinet. They can be used in crafts or for paint sticks or for multiple other uses.

Large Wood Craft Sticks - 500 Pieces

Large Wood Craft Sticks - 500 Pieces

The jumbo sticks are just as important in your craft cabinet are just as important as the smaller counterpart. There are a lot of craft projects that call for the jumbo sticks.


Colorations Plastic Chubby Paint Brushes - Set of 10 Colorations Plastic Chubby Paint Brushes - Set of 10

These preschool paint brushes are great for little hands. There are two sizes of this brush. This is the smaller size for those projects that the paint surface is a little smaller.


Colorations Plastic Handle Jumbo Chubby Paint Brushes - Set of 12 Colorations Plastic Handle Jumbo Chubby Paint Brushes - Set of 12

This larger version of the Chubby Paint Brushes works well for the larger paint projects. They hold a lot of paint!


Colorations Super Washable Classic Markers - Set of 16 Colorations Super Washable Classic Markers
Set of 16

The box of 16 gives a good variety of colors for the kids to choose from. And then every once in awhile, I buy the larger variety box to give them even more colors to choose from.


Colorations Washable Classic Markers - Set of 256 Colorations Washable Classic Markers - Set of 256

I, personally, go through a lot of markers in my daycare. The kids love coloring with them. Price per marker is the same whether you buy the pack of 16 or the classroom pack, so it's just a matter of whether you will use this many before they dry up.


Mini Pom-Poms - 500 Pieces Mini Pom-Poms - 500 Pieces

I use quite a few of the mini pom poms on projects so I'm including it in the basic supply list. I rarely use the large sized pom poms, but if you think you would you might want to consider a variety pack.


Elmer's Washable School Glue - Gallon Elmer's Washable School Glue - Gallon

I buy Elmer's glue by the gallon not only because of all the projects I do, but because I make Glurch for the kids which takes a lot of glue.


Pipe Cleaners - 100 or 1000 Pieces Pipe Cleaners - 100 or 1000 Pieces

Pipe cleaners are also known as chenille sticks. They are used in quite a few projects. It's good to have a variety pack so you have color options.



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Just for Fun Craft Supplies

Repositionable Clear Con-Tact Cover Clear Contact Paper

In all the years I have been a daycare provider, I have never purchased a laminator. Anything that I would laminate, I use clear contact paper. I think it works great. I actually had a hard time deciding if this was a basic supply or a fun supply. I use it a lot!


Krazy Cut Scissors - Set of 12 Krazy Cut Scissors - Set of 12

I call these edging scissors, but they're both the same. I originally bought these for the kids to have fun cutting. It's really to hard for them to use them, but I use them for a lot of projects to give interesting edge cuts.


Foam Sheet Super Pack- 100 Sheets Foam Sheet Super Pack- 100 Sheets

I enjoy working on projects with craft foam. The secret to making it easy is to use a very sharp pair of scissors to cut it. I use my embroidery scissors.


Black Regular Wiggly Eyes - Pack of 100 Black Regular Wiggly Eyes - Pack of 100

Lots and lots of projects call for wiggly eyes. This variety pack of 100 range in size from 1/4" to 5/8" in diameter to cover many different crafts.


Colorations Liquid Watercolor Paint 8 oz. Colorations Liquid Watercolor Paint 8 oz.

I have never purchased bottled watercolor paint because I make my own. But it is available if you choose to go this route.


Mod Podge Gloss - 16 oz. Mod Podge Gloss - 16 oz.

This is not a necessity in your craft cabinet, but I use it enough to make sure I always have a bottle on hand. It puts the "finishing touch" on many projects!



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Marcia Reagan is the creator of DaycareAnswers and lives in Central Minnesota with her husband and two children.  She's been an in-home daycare provider for over twenty years and loves to share her experience and passion for daycare with other providers.  


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