An art bag is a really important item and needn’t cost you anything. You’re going to want a bag or large pencil case of some sort to be able to get out and about with your art materials. You can use a bag you already have or find something at a second hand shop. Something that can carry an art diary or journal and some pencils or watercolours so that you can get out into nature and amongst the inspiration!
Clay, Air dry clay or Play dough, depending on the age of the children is a fantastic art material to have in your resources. Being able to work with items that promote creativity in 3D is really important and there is something really earthy about building something out of clay or dough.
Air dry clay allows children to be able to make something permanent which sometimes changes the way they look at an art project which can be an interesting learning experience.
This is one of my favourite and most popular additions to art supplies! Cardboard! Cardboard boxes, cardboard rolls etc etc. Add in some washi tape and you will have given someone hours of fun and creativity. It sounds so simple but that’s the thing about creative gifts, the more simple they are the more open-ended the possibilities are and the more room there is for creativity. Here is a marble run we created from cardboard rolls and washi tape but cardboard also lends itself beautifully to any kind of sculpture or 3D creations.
A black fine liner pen or marker is a great addition to any art kit. It doesn’t need to be a permanent marker but some kind of thin black pen, texta or marker will add to illustrations and journaling. You will need to consider the age of the artists when you are deciding what type of marker or pen you add to your art supplies and make sure it is suitable and safe for them to use.
Acrylic paints are a fantastic addition to any creative space. Buy the best student acrylics you can. I recommend 5 basic colours as your first choice, anything beyond that is a bonus. The three primary colours, red, blue and yellow and a black and white will allow endless creativity when it comes to mixing colours. Letting kids mix their own colours is an excellent learning experience and teaches them a lot about painting.