With rainy days and spring break on the horizon, you’ll hear the phrase, “I’m bored!” more than you ever thought was possible. Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could pull out a box filled with awesome art supplies, to make a rainy day turn into a magical one? Today, we want to share a secret with you. A secret that will help you and your child combat the rainy day, stuck in the house with nothing to do blues: The Little Artist’s Toolbox. Parents and children can put together a box of art supplies kids can use to do a range of arts and crafts projects.
Brainstorm Art Supply Ideas
Filling your little artist’s toolbox is exciting! You and your child can to brainstorm an unlimited number of ideas of what to include in your toolbox. Get creative! You want to add items that are big and small, various textures, shapes and colors.
Here are some contents we suggest. Remember, your list may vary depending on how old your children are and their interests:
- Plastic Containers
- Watercolor paint
- Colored pencils
- Assorted color construction paper
- Play Dough
- Paint brushes
- Tissue paper
- Pipe cleaners
- Craft jewels
- Scraps of fabrics
- Safety scissors
- Assorted buttons
- Egg cartons
- Craft sticks
- Fabric paint
- Glitter pens
- Card stock
- Wiggly eyes
Keep a budget in mind. You can create your little artist’s toolbox for as little as $25!
Plan an Arts and Crafts Shopping Adventure
Make supply shopping a family affair! Load up in the car and head to your local arts and crafts store or to a discount retailer, such as Target or Walmart. You may have to visit more than one store to get all of the supplies. Before you go shopping, save money by checking your home and garage for potential supplies.
Get Messy and Make Art!
Here are just a few activities your child can do:
1. Gather old socks to create puppets with wiggly eyes, sequins, craft jewels and pipe cleaners. Let the puppets dry, then help your child create a puppet show stage using a cardboard box, fabrics and paint. Put on a show for family members
2. Use glue, fabric scraps and buttons to create collages.
3. Use fabric paint to create one-of-a-kind t-shirt, tote bag and shoe designs.
4. Create greeting or thank you cards using blank card stock, watercolor paints, colored pencils, stickers and stampers.
How do you combat rainy day blues? Tell us in the comments.