The Ultimate Art Supply List For Kids

November 5, 2020

Parents, if you’re wondering what art supplies you need to keep your kids’ creative juices flowing, you’ve come to the right place.


Columbia Art Center Director Liz Henzey knows art could be a saving grace in this screen-heavy time.


“The benefits of these activities are abundant and include providing fun and educational experiences, awakening one’s curiosity and imagination, and giving one a means for self-expression.” Liz Henzey, Columbia Art Center Director


Need to revamp your kids’ arts and crafts supplies?

Here are some of Henzey’s favorites (and kids’ favorites too) that you can have always on hand:

  • Tempera paints
  • White and colored construction paper
  • Paint brushes
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Watercolors
  • White glue
  • Tape
  • Stickers
  • Blunt tip scissors
  • Recyclables and found objects are also fantastic for art projects! That includes cardboard boxes and paper tubes, plastic container lids, egg cartons and magazines. 
  • Incorporating nature – like leaves, stones and twigs – is also a great option!


The case for crafting

Before you buy in to this art supply list, consider the pros of these artsy activities:

  • You can do them as a family or individually (or individually with a show & tell session).
  • You can take art inside or outside.
  • Creating something themed can be fun!
  • Working with various art mediums and materials can provide a fun tactile experience for children who are otherwise busy looking at a screen and using a mouse and keyboard. 

“With fall here and the holidays around the corner, there are many art projects that can be created and displayed throughout the home.” Liz Henzey, Columbia Art Center Director


Need more ideas?

We have projects separated by age group on the CA at home page (just scroll all the way to the bottom of the page). Henzey also recommends checking out The Artful Parents supply suggestions.


CA insider info: Did we mention the Columbia Art Center is back open?!? You can check out the new and revamped program schedule by clicking here.


Now, get to creating!



For more tips, check out the CA Parents’ Corner blog.

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