Art and craft equipment




What do you need for art and craft activities with very young children?

Painting

Paints:

Most children love painting. Very young children love the feeling of it, so it is often a sensory activity.

Ready mix poster paints are easy to prepare and mix. They give bright results and are very versatile- great for printing hand prints etc.  These paints are washable, and are wheat and gluten free, just in case there are children with allergies.

Paint blocks are very economical, you just wet a paint brush and start painting. These are not as good for mixing colours or doing printing. Great for a quick picture, and they are less messy.

Painting accessories:

Brushes- the thicker, the easier to use. I like these easy grip brushes because they are rounded a the end. Paint drying racks are great for baby groups and nurseries. At our group we have a clothes line, but it’s not great- paint drips off and sometimes they get leaned on. Long sleeved aprons are a must, but I do find that these are a little big for the younger ones. I use these waterproof feeding bibs for the babies.

paint-blocks

Paint blocks

covered-paint-pots

Covered paint pots

easy-grip-brush

Easy grip paint brush

paint-pallets

Paint pallets

ready-mixed-poster-paint

Ready mix poster paint

eco washable paints

Eco gluten free washable paints

paint-drying-rack

Drying rack

long-sleeved-apron

Long sleeved apron

long-sleeved-baby-bib

Long sleeved baby bib

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Printing:

Rollers and stamps can be used by even the very young. You can buy them, but you can also make potato stamps and vegetable prints. Hand prints are great fun too.

Paint-tray

Paint tray printing

rubber-texture-stamp

Rubber texture stamps

sponge-rollers

Sponge rollers. Paint tray for mixing and rollers

texture-stamper

Texture stamper

roller trays

roller trays

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collage

Glue sticks are less messy, but work out more expensive and aren’t as effective. PVA and glue spreaders are best really. Then you needs bits to stick on!

Collage-Feathers

Collage feathers

Coloured-Mini-Tissue-Squares

Coloured Mini Tissue Squares

Washable-PVA-Glue

PVA glue

Glue-Spatulas

Glue spreaders for PVA glue

Pritt-Stick-Glue-Class-Pack

Pritt sticks

Mini-Washable-PVA-60ml-Glue-Bottles

Mini PVA glue


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Display

The children love to see their work on display- also something to do with all the art work that’s left behind!

Tip- if using a staple gun, try using it at a slight angle. That way, the staples are much easier to take out when taking the display down.

Giant-Photo-and-Artwork-Wall-Hanger

Photo and art wall hanger

Backing-paper

Brightly coloured backing paper

Decorative-Corrugated-Borders

Boarders- these can be re-used

staple-gun

Staple gun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glue-Spatulas

Glue spreaders for PVA glue

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