Kids can use their imagination and try out new ideas through arts and craft activities.
You can encourage your child to get involved with craft activities by providing a space (throw down a drop sheet so mess can be easily cleaned up) and a few materials. Here are some suggestions for materials that kids love to get crafty with.
- Red, yellow and blue watercolour paint (or use food dye/powder paint in water).
- Red, yellow, blue, black and white acrylic/homemade paints.
- Painting tools: paint brushes (if possible with short, thick handles), sticks, cotton buds, string, spray bottles, rollers and sponges.
- Plastic containers or tubs (recycled food containers are ideal) and mixing palettes to hold paint and water.
Try making your own paint at home with this paint recipe.
- Crayons: thick, wax crayons or oil-based pastels.
- A variety of drawing/writing pencils (for example, 2B, 2H, HB).
- Coloured pencils.
- Felt pens.
- Eraser and pencil sharpener.
- Playdough: bought or homemade.
- Clay or plasticine for creating sculptures and connecting materials like matchsticks and straws.
- Collage materials and boxes.
Try making your own playdough at home with these playdough recipes .
- Paper and card of different sizes and shapes (for example, white paper, recycled paper and cardboard, coloured paper, newspaper).
- Glue: glue stick/homemade glue and PVA glue recommended for collage and construction.
- Sticky and masking tape.
- Wool and string for threading and weaving.
- Magazines and catalogues.
- Recycled materials such as wood off-cuts, bark, leaves and fabric off-cuts.
- An apron or old t-shirt to protect clothing from paint and stains.
- Pegs, washing line, drying rack, wire fence (for drying those amazing creations!).
Try making your own glue at home with this glue recipe.
- Computer and internet.
- Paint programs or photo software.
- Digital camera to create images, photograph artworks, and record learning.
Other arts materials
- Chalk/charcoal/pastels: for drawing.
- Aquarelle pencils: apply water to drawings (with a paint brush) to create a water colour effect.
- Building/construction materials (for example, wood off-cuts, hammer and nails, manipulative blocks/toys).
- Pipe cleaners: for painting with or creating sculptures/box construction.
- Coloured ice-block sticks/matchsticks, drinking straws: for collage/creating sculptures and designs.