Put Down the Crayons! Creative Art Supplies for Kids

As an art-aholic, I knew I wanted to flood my daughter's early years with creative opportunities. I still love the smell of Crayola crayons and the childhood memories associated with them. But I quickly realized that I needed to find some other kid-friendly art-making materials too. Let me show you some of the arty things we keep around our house.

This isn't a complete list, because we also make sure to have lots of colored pencils, markers, stickers, and paper! But those things are a little easier to find, even at Target. Instead I want to share some of the items I've discovered along the way that enrich my daughter's art projects and random 7:00 am creative moods!

  • Begin Again On the Go Art Set - This on the go set is perfect for any trip in the car, and holds everything you need for mess-free creating with lots of pockets.
  • Reeves Watercolor Tin, 12 colors - Reeves creates quality watercolors, and the classic tin is a perfect starter set. We use ours regularly, and I love that it's a low-mess way to paint for younger kids.
  • Yasutomo Pearlescent Watercolor Set This is on my wishlist, who wouldn't want pearlescent watercolors?
  • Lime Sparkle Lap Tray I found our lap desk for even cheaper at the local craft store, but wherever you go, these are great for kids who want to create beyond the dining room table.
  • Non-Spill Paint Cups We use our no-spill cups for holding watercolor water, but they also work well for tempera and acrylic too.
  • Neocolor Watersoluble Crayons Exploring what you can make with water soluble crayons is such a fun project - I've heard they work well as face paints too.
  • Pentel Oil Pastels Pastels are messier than crayons, but the vivid colors and rich palettes are so beautiful, it's worth mixing it up and trying these out too.

(Images: As credited above.)

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Mari Richards is a product designer, shiny object addict, writer, and professor. With 400+ designs and 30+ industry awards, she is a freelance designer and design blogger at SmallforBig.com. She is also a contributor at Houzz.com and LetsNeighbor.com.

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