Getting crafty

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.
3D art
  • 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 .

Everyday materials
  • 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.
  • Scissors.
  • 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.

Image Child uses leaves to create a colourful print work of art

Published — 30 August 2016 Last updated — 19 June 2017

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