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Gift Guide: Arts & Crafts Supplies for Kids

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Note: This Arts & Crafts Supplies for Kids Gift Guide includes affiliate links and was sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

This time of year we have a lot of gift-giving occasions– several kids' birthdays and of course Christmas is just around the corner. I'm teaming up with a LARGE group of FABULOUS bloggers for the 2013 Ultimate Gift Guide! Each blogger is presenting a different gift guide for all your gift giving needs!

I love to give simple gifts to kids that offer an outlet for open-ended creativity and fun so I chose Arts and craft supplies for my gift guide. They can make for a unique gift option and can be customized to the child's personality!

For money saving coupons to use at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, check out their coupon page– perfect to save money on great kid's arts & crafts supplies!

2013 Ultimate Arts & Crafts Supplies for Kids Gift Guide

Here are some fun gifts to give to the children in your life, whether they are brand new crafters or total craft experts! Of course with any new material, please be sure to supervise children with these items.

My First Arts & Crafts Supplies

If you are looking for some basics to give to a child who is new to arts & crafts, check out these fun materials that are a great start:

Finger Paint Set 
Easy Grip Triangular Crayons
Some super smooth Crayola Twistables 
Dot marker style Paint Dabbers
Drawing Pad
Construction Paper
Craft Sticks
Kid scissors
White glue
Basic paint brushes
Basic watercolor set

Easels for Kids

There are so many options when it comes to easels and they make such great gifts! We love this double-sided wooden easel and paper roll from Ikea, which is affordable but does take up some space. For something more compact, but just as versatile, check out this Alex magnetic desktop easel or this cool looking door-mounted easel!

Beyond the Basics: Arts & Craft Supplies for the Next Steps

If your little crafter has got the hang of all the basics and would like some fun new materials, try a mix of these items:

Glitter Glue Mega Set or Starter Set
Pom poms
Pipe Cleaners (AKA Chenille Stems or Fuzzy Sticks), which you can get in regular or hilariously large
Googly Eyes

Or for a mix of the three items above, this Sm'art Parts Craft Pack is a great mix!

Sometimes it's fun to mix up the kind of paper you craft with too! These are some unique picks that make great gifts because you don't think of them for every day crafting!

Origami Paper
Bleeding Tissue Paper (“Paint” on them using only water and watch the colors bleed and mix!)
Glitter Cardstock

Craft Storage: The Gift of Organization

One tricky thing about arts & crafts supplies is that they can get scattered and lost easily. I try to think as if I was buying the gift for my family…how would I like to store it? Why not give those arts & crafts supplies along with a container to keep everything together? Of course you'll want to check that the items you're giving will fit inside but here are a few examples of handy styles and sizes for craft supply storage.

Scrapbooking tote– I like these if I am giving paper and paints, this way they can be stored all together.

Multiple compartment box– I like these if I am giving small pieces like googly eyes and pom poms.

Multiple level box– I like these if I am giving items that really vary in size.

2013 Ultimate Gift Guide List

If you want more options for your gift giving pleasure, hope on over to the master list for the 2103 Ultimate Gift Guide, where ALLL the Gift Guides are linked up! You can also check out the Pinterest Board for this Gift Guide. There are so many awesome gift guides…here are just a few of my favorites:

Books for Arty Kids (Pair with Arts & Crafts Supplies!)
Art Kits to Give as Gifts


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  1. I don’t know if we have a favorite craft supply (there are so many we like), but our most used supplies are construction/scrapbooking paper, paints, googly eyes, and pom balls 🙂

  2. It is hard to pick a favorite! I think we use more paper than anything and they come in such great colors, materials and designs now.

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