The Ultimate Kids Arts & Crafts Box Checklist

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Want to make an arts and crafts station for your kids, but don't know where to start? How about an empty box, and our handy Ultimate Arts and Crafts Checklist? Here are forty of the most common, popular items used in kids' craft projects, almost half of which you probably have lying around the house already.

PAINTS/MARKERS ETC.

  • Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Watercolors
  • Poster paints
  • Stamp pad

TOOLS

  • Scissors
  • Decorative scissors
  • Hole punchers
  • Cotton tips
  • Brushes
  • Stamps

STICKY STUFF

  • Tape
  • Double-sided tape
  • Glue
  • Glue stick

PAPER

  • White paper
  • Watercolor paper
  • Colored paper
  • Colored card
  • Crepe paper

FUN BITS & BOBS

  • Wool
  • Googly eyes
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Beads
  • Matchsticks
  • Buttons
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Cotton wool
  • Clay/dough
  • Felt
  • Balloons
  • Glitter
  • Cellophane
  • Pompoms
  • Feathers
  • Pegs
  • Foam stickers/shapes

FROM AROUND THE HOUSE

  • Plastic bottle tops
  • Magazines
  • Newspaper
  • Paper plates
  • Tissue paper
  • Empty matchboxes
  • Empty jars
  • Bubble wrap
  • Rubber bands
  • Plastic cups
  • Plastic spoons
  • Cardboard egg cartons
  • Magnets
  • Paper bags
  • Old yoghurt containers
  • Paper towel rolls

See something we've forgotten? Add your favorite art and craft supplies below!

(Image credits: Meg Spaeth / ​Meg's Room for Three)