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Pot of Gold Craft for St. Patrick’s Day

Pot of Gold - Rainbow Twirler Craft for St. Patrick's Day from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Alright, here is a fun craft that is great for the coming of spring as well as St. Patrick’s Day! With a colorful rainbow, a fun twisty twirly motion, and a pot of gold at the end!

Pot of Gold Craft for St. Patrick’s Day

Supplies:

  • Plain white paper plate
  • Paint in a rainbow of colors (you could also use markers or crayons)
  • Black and yellow construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • String or yarn

Directions:

  1. Start by having your child paint (or crayon, or marker) rainbow stripes across the front of the paper plate.
  2. If using paint let it dry. (A hairdryer or fan are great ways to speed up the drying process.)
  3. Flip over and repeat step one on the back of the paper plate.
  4. Once both sides are colored and dry, take scissors and starting at the outside edge of the plate, cut spirals.
  5. Cut out a black pot of gold and glue it to the end of the spiraled plate. Glue some yellow circles on to the front of the black pot for the gold.
  6. Poke a hole in the top of the spiral (the opposite end of the pot of gold) and insert a string for hanging!

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Color Mixing Fun For Little Ones

Color Mixing Fun For Little Ones from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Yellow and blue make green. How many times did we hear that as kids? But besides yellow and blue, what other colors can you mix together to make a new one?

Little kids love working with paint and smearing it about. This activity capitalizes on that by turning painting into a fun and educational color mixing activity.

Color Mixing Fun For Little Ones

Supplies:

  • red, blue and yellow paint
  • paint brushes
  • white paper
  • optional – a chart or image of the primary colors and color mixing
  • gallon Ziplock bag

Directions:

1. Take some time to talk about colors. You can check out the book, The Wonders of the Color Wheel by Charles Ghigna. With catchy rhymes and colorful illustrations this book is a great way to start!

“Three bright colors for me and you. Primary colors: Red, Yellow, Blue!”

2. Print out a color wheel chart and have fun painting and exploring with the mixing of colors.  You can have your children create a final color wheel of their own to use as a reference as they move through and explore painting.

3. Have your kids paint something using specific color combinations. Introducing terms like complimentary and supplementary colors, this fun and hands on way can help kids to more easily retain the information.

4. A mess free version – For a no mess way to have even the littlest aspiring artist play with mixing colors, you can use a Ziplock bag. Take one bag and lay it out flat. Put one large drop of each of two different colors. Be sure to have them separated in the bag. For example yellow and blue spaced out so they are not touching. Seal the bag and then give it to little hands to smush and play with. Watch as the colors mix to create a new color!

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Crayon Heart Valentine

Crayon Heart Valentine from Standard Deviants Accelerate

One of the most fun things about Valentine’s Day is making and receiving Valentine’s from your friends. Throughout the years my kids have participated in many fun Valentine exchanges. The ones they have loved the most are the homemade ones. There is always so much creativity and fun in them!

Crayon Heart Valentine

I have collected a large bag of stray crayons over the past year. They have been sitting in the cupboard just waiting for a project to use them in. Well, this is the project for stray crayon usage!

What You Will Need:

  • Silicone heart mold
  • Baking Sheet
  • Crayons

Directions:

  1. Place mold on baking sheet. This allows for a rigid surface and easy transport in and out of the over.
  2. Sort the crayons by colors that go together. For example: pink/purple, blue/purple, blue/green, yellow/green, orange/yellow, etc.
  3. Peel the paper off the crayons and break them into small pieces.
  4. Put the pieces into the heart mold.
  5. Bake at 250 degrees for 15-20 minutes (or until the crayons are completely melted)
  6. Remove from oven and cool until they are hard and cool all the way through.
  7. Remove the crayons from the mold by pushing them out from the bottom.

You can also create paper cards to glue the hearts onto that say things like:

  • Hoping Your Heart Day is Colorful!
  • Color Your Heart Out!
  • Have a Colorful Valentin’es Day
  • For “Crayon” Out Loud, Won’t You Be My Valentine?
  • You Color My World
  • You Make My Heart Melt

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Scrapbook Photo Mosaic Art Project

Scrapbook Photo Mosaic Art Project from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Using photos from a trip, party, year, theme, etc. you can create a fun memory piece for yourself or as a fabulous personalized gift! Making a Scrapbook Photo Mosaic art piece is simple to do, while at the same time it can preserve precious memories for a lifetime!

Photo Mosaic Art Project

This is a great project for teens to preserve things like sports/team memories, prom, family vacations, best friend collages, etc.

Supplies:

  • stack of desired printed photos (obviously this will depend on what size your project is)
  • acid free canvas panel (whatever size you want to use)
  • scissors
  • Mod Podge

Directions:

  1. Spend some time selecting your photos.
  2. Print one copy of each photo you have selected.
  3. Cut photos into smaller sizes and shapes.
  4. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to a section of the canvas (you may not want to do the whole thing at once as it might start to dry on you).
  5. Place photos in desired locations on the canvas.
  6. Once all the pieces are secured down let the piece dry completely.
  7. After the piece is dry, apply a thing layer of Mod Podge over the top of the entire piece. Once this layer is dry your project is complete!

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Mosaic Art Project – Paper or Fabric

Mosaic Art Project - Paper or Fabric from Standard Deviants Accelerate

I have a thing for mosaics. Problem is, I am no good at tiling – and that can get pricey! Instead of using tile you can make fun, artsy mosaic pieces using paper or fabric. This is something that can be done at almost any age – young to old.

Mosaic Art Project – Paper or Fabric

Supplies:

  • fabric scraps, or scrapbook paper scraps depending on which you intend to create
  • acid free canvas panel (whatever size you want to use)
  • scissors (possibly jagged art scissors)
  • Mod Podge

Directions:

  1. Spend some time selecting your fabric or scrapbook paper scraps. You might want to choose a color theme, or a pattern, or you may want to just have any random combination.
  2. Cut your fabric or scrapbook paper scraps into small pieces. You may want to use jagged art scissors to make the edges more interesting.
  3. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to a section of the canvas (you may not want to do the whole thing at once as it might start to dry on you).
  4. Place fabric or scrapbook paper scraps in desired locations on the canvas.
  5. Once all the pieces are secured down let the piece dry completely.
  6. After the piece is dry, apply a thing layer of Mod Podge over the top of the entire piece. Once this layer is dry your project is complete!

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5 Tips for Teaching Homeschool Music

5 Tips for Teaching Homeschool Music from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Music and art are subjects that can often get lost in the hub bub of our day to day and the core subjects we are teaching. In our homeschool I find that I need to be intentional about keeping these things in our schedule otherwise they might get lost. (Needless to say I don’t have any starving artists in my house!)

5 Tips for Teaching Homeschool Music

1. Play a Musical Instrument

Each of my children play an instrument. Not only do they learn to play that instrument, but they learn to read music, play by ear, and learn about different styles and time periods of music.

2. Incorporate Into Other Subjects

Include something about music when studying other things. History is a good place to do this. When learning about a time period, include music from that time period. Listen to pieces from that era, learn about the composers who lived and wrote during that time.

3. Use a Curriculum

There are wonderful resources out there for teaching homeschool music. Squilt, Easy Peasy, Khan Academy, Harmony Fine Arts, Maestro Classics, and Zeezook are just a few you can look for to help you teach music in your homeschool.

4. Unit Studies

Do mini unit studies along the way. We have done a unit that teaches about the instruments of the orchestra, or studied a specific style of music or composer. We have even picked up and tried to play new instruments, learning about them and experimenting with playing them.

5. Take a Musical Field Trip

Attend a live performance of an orchestra or symphony. Go see a play that is a musical. Attend a performance of a local band – choose different types if you can. Experiencing music first hand and applying some of the knowledge you may have picked up in your book studies is a great way to bring it all together.

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Build A Snowman – Without Snow

Build a Snowman Without Snow from Standard Deviants Accelerate

While we live in a state that get snow, I am very aware that there are many who have never seen snow. So for those of you that never get it, or if you are like us and don’t have it right now for some strange reason, you can still build a snowman without it. Now it might not be cold and frozen, but it will still be fun and entertaining!

Build A Snowman – Without Snow

I don’t love the snow myself, so an alternative to the cold frozen kind of snowman seems appealing to me. Throughout the years the kids and I have done many snowman crafts and creations along the way. Here are two of our favorites:

1. Felt Snowman

I love this activity because it can be used over and over again. So not only can you and your children have fun in the initial making of the felt snowman and accessories, but you can come back to it over and over again.

Supplies:

  • felt – in oh so many colors! White, black, red, green, blue, purple, etc. You really need white and black for the snowman himself and then any colors you want to use as accessories.
  • scissors

Directions:

  1. Cut out three circles in a small, medium and large size. I don’t give an exact size because you can make your felt snowman as big or as little as you wish.
  2. Use black felt to cut out a top hat, boots, eyes, and buttons.
  3. Use brown felt to create stick arms. {You could also choose to use brown pipe cleaners for the arms.}
  4. Beyond the basics let your kids be creative. Add scarves, hats, mittens, clothes, necklaces, whatever they like! You can make various wardrobes for different occasions and the kids can change out clothes whenever they choose.

We actually tacked ours to the wall and changed his clothes with the weather outside!

2. Contact Paper Window Cling Snowman

While this activity is supposed to be reuasable, I found that trying to remove the contact paper from our sliding glass door after it was on for a bit proved to be the death of it.

Supplies:

  • clear contact paper
  • acrylic paint: white, black, red, orange, etc
  • paint brushes
  • black permanent marker

Directions:

I love this one because you can make it life sized!

  1. Lay out the contact paper and draw out the basic 3 circles for the snowman, as well as the eyes, nose, hat, boots, scarf and buttons with black permanent marker.
  2. Paint each piece with acrylic paint.
  3. After the paint dries carefully cut out each piece. (Even the acrylic paint can scratch off so be careful with it.)
  4. Then peal the backs and put your snowman together on a glass door!

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Button Wreath Ornament Craft

Button Wreath Ornament Craft from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Throughout all the years I have spent with my children, one of the many things we have always done is to make things at Christmastime. Homemade gifts, decorations, and ornaments are always fun to make and create a very personal and meaningful touch to the holiday.

Button Wreath Ornament Craft

What I love about this craft is that even younger kids can participate using slight variations. You can make these big or small and in any colors you choose! It makes each one unique!

Supplies

  • buttons in any colors you choose (for younger kids you can use bigger buttons that have larger holes)
  • crafting wire or pipe cleaners (Depending on the size of your buttons and the age of the kids you can use a variety of things to string the buttons together.)
  • ribbon
  • scissors

Directions

  1. Make a small loop at one end of the wire or pipe cleaner.
  2. Thread the buttons onto the wire or pipe cleaner until you have enough to form the size of the wreath you want.  (9 inch lengths of wire or pipe cleaners make nice sized ornaments.)
  3. Bend the plain end of the wire or pipe cleaner around the looped end. This will form the wreath.
  4.  Use the ribbon to make a loop for hanging the wreath; tie the ribbon in a knot about 3 inches above the wreath.
  5.  Tie a bow from a separate piece of ribbon  to decorate the wreath.

You can easily choose to do these in Christmas colors like red, white, green, gold, silver, etc. or make fun and funky ones with any colors you choose. My kids like to make ones of the colors of favorite NFL teams or the colors of the sports teams they play for. As gifts they might make a Christmas themed one or one that incorporates the favorite colors of the person receiving it as a gift.

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Toilet Paper Roll Turkey Craft

Toilet Paper Roll Turkey Craft from Standard Deviants Accelerate

My kids have always loved making craft and doing activities that are holiday related, and when there is a great way to show them off, even better! We have loved making and using these toilet paper (or paper towel) roll turkey napkin holders to decorate our holiday table.

Toilet Paper Roll Turkey Craft

Supplies:

  • empty toilet paper (or paper towel) roll
  • construction paper (orange, yellow, brown, red)
  • wiggle eyes
  • pipe cleaner
  • glue
  • scissors

Directions:

  1. Cut toilet paper (or paper towel) roll so you have a 2 inch segment
  2. Use the colored construction paper to cut out a handful of different shaped feathers. Each feather should be between one and two inches long.
  3. Lay the roll down on it’s side and glue as many feathers as you would like to one side.
  4. To make the turkey’s head, cut a piece of brown construction paper in the shape of an oval, approximately 2-inches tall by 1-inch wide. Glue it to the toilet paper roll on the opposite side as the feathers.
  5. Glue wiggles eyes onto your turkey’s head.
  6. Cut a beak and waddle our of orange and red construction paper and them in place below the google eyes.
  7. To make feet for your turkey: Start by cutting two 4-inch pieces from an orange pipe cleaner. Fold each pipe cleaner piece into quarters and shape them into a smushed v shape.
  8. Glue the feet to the front edge of the turkey (the bottom of the roll beneath the head).
  9. Set aside and let glue dry.
  10. Add your napkin of choice and place at each table setting to decorate your Thanksgiving table.

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Pumpkin Parts – A Science & Art Project

Pumpkin Parts A Science & Art Project from Standard Deviants Accelerate

The months of October and November are all about fall, leaves, pumpkins, Halloween and Thanksgiving. We see all kids of crafts, education, art and more with these themes. What I love about this easy to do project is that it is a little bit of art and science all rolled into one project!

Pumpkin Parts

A great time to do this is right after you have carved your pumpkins because then you can investigate them easily and check out their parts. Otherwise you can purchase small pumpkins specifically for this project. (Especially after Halloween when they get really cheap to buy!)

Before opening up the pumpkins you can read about them (see book list below) and talk about the parts you will be looking for and labeling. Specifically be looking for the rind, ribs, and stem on the outside, as well as the seeds, pulp, and fibrous strands on the inside.

Pumpkin books to go along with this project:

  1. The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons
  2. How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin by Margaret McNamara (also a great idea for more science and math exploration)
  3. From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer
  4. Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell (This book inspired us to try growing pumpkins of our own!)
  5. Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper (This includes a recipe to make the soup!)

Supplies:

  • pumpkin
  • carving supplies (like a knife or carving kit)
  • paper plate
  • scissors
  • paper
  • glue
  • marker
  • paint and brush

Directions:

    1. Cut a circle in the middle of a paper plate then glue it to a piece of paper. 
    2. Paint the plate and paper combination so it looks like a pumpkin.
    3. Once it dries glue the fibrous strands, pulp, and seeds inside the hole of the paper plate onto the paper.
    4. End with labeling it.  You can either print or write the parts onto strips of paper, or have your kids write them on the strips of paper themselves.

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5 Halloween Paper Plate Crafts

5 Halloween Paper Plate Crafts from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Plain old white paper plates can be turned into the most fun and creative things! Whether you choose to make a decoration or a mask you can make these simple and easy Halloween Paper Plate Crafts.

Halloween Paper Plate Crafts

Supplies:

  • plain white paper plates (The really thin cheap ones. We actually keep a stack in our craft supplies at all times because they can be used for so many different things!)
  • construction paper in various colors (black, white, purple, orange, green, red)
  • paint in various colors (black, white, purple, orange, green)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Yarn (This can be used to turn any paper plate creation into a mask to be worn for Halloween!)
  • black Sharpie
  • toilet paper

5 Halloween Paper Plate Ideas

1. Ghost

  1. To create a ghost you will need one paper plate, black and white construction paper, toilet paper and if you have it glitter.
  2. On the back of the plate glue on two large black eyes cut from the black construction paper as well as a large oval shaped mouth in a vertical direction.
  3. You can use glitter at this point on the eyes and mouth.
  4. Using 3 strips of toilet paper taped to the other side of the paper place, cut them down the middle to make smaller strips.
  5. Cut two arms out of white construction paper and glue to the backside of the ghost.

2. Vampire

To create a vampire you will need tan and black paint (we mixed white with brown and a little red to make a lighter skin tone), black, red, and white construction paper.

Start by drawing the outline if the vampire’s hair line and painting it black. Paint the rest with the tan colored paint.

Use the construction paper to cut out eyes, eyebrows, a mouth, teeth and a nose. You could also use paint for the facial features.

Cut out black pointy ears and a collar from black construction paper and glue on to the back, as well as a large red bow tie for the front.

3. Witch

  1. To create a witch you will need one paper plate, green paint, purple black orange and white construction paper, and a black Sharpie.
  2. Paint the paper plate green and set it aside.
  3. To create the hair you will trace your child’s hand on top of two pieces of orange construction paper folded so you will end up with 4 hands.
  4. Using black construction paper cut out the share of a witches hat and add a purple strip.
  5. Use white construction to cut out two eyeballs.
  6. Glue the hat on the paper plate with 2 hands on either side for hair.
  7. Use the Sharpie for pupils and to draw a nose and mouth.

4. Bat

  1. To create a bat you will need two paper plates, black paint, red and white construction paper and 2 brads.
  2. On the back of one plate draw two triangular shaped ears in the ribbing of the plate and cut around them to create ears on the top.
  3. Cut plate number 2 in half to look like bat wings.
  4. Paint all three pieces black and let it dry.
  5. Use the white construction paper to create eyes and teeth, and red to create a thin mouth and glue them on.
  6. Punch a whole in one corner of each of the half plates (wings) in such a way that one will attach to the left side and one to the right.
  7. Insert the brads in the holes to create moving wings!

5. Pumpkin

  1. To create a pumpkin you will need orange paint and black and green construction paper (you can even use a green or brown pipe cleaner if you have one).
  2. Paint the pumpkin orange and let dry.
  3. Cut out the eyes, nose and mouth in black construction paper and glue them on.
  4. Use green construction paper for stem and leaves at the top. This is were you could also add pipe cleaners as little curly cues from the top.

You can easily make these Halloween Paper Plate Crafts into masks but cutting out the eyes and adding yarn to either side to tie it onto your child’s head.

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Crayon Drip Pumpkin Craft

Crayon Drip Pumpkin Craft from Standard Deviants Accelerate

I have so many old crayons in our house. I started collecting them into a zip-lock bag to intentionally use for crayon drip crafts throughout this year. This pumpkin is the first of them we are going to try. So grab you pumpkins and your crayons and let’s get started on this fun Crayon Drip Pumpkin Craft!

Crayon Drip Pumpkin Craft

Supplies:

  • any sized pumpkin (the medium sized ones work well for this)
  • Tacky Glue
  • Crayons (remove all labels before beginning)
  • Hair dryer
  • Trash bag to do the project on

Directions:

  1. Begin by spreading out a trash bag over your work space. This will protect your table from any melting crayon gone rogue!
  2. Be sure your crayons are about half size. Break them if needed.
  3. Glue your crayons around the stem like rays of sun shining out from the stem.
  4. Using a hair dryer apply heat to the crayons in a downward direction. It takes about 30 seconds to a minute for each crayon to melt and drip. Experiment with more or less drip making some longer or shorter, wider or more narrow.

Variations:

  • Try using sparkle crayons
  • Try painting the pumpkin first. For instance you could paint the whole pumpkin black, then after it drys drip crayons down it for a cool nighttime/darkness/Halloween feel. Or paint it white and then use orange and yellow to create a candy corn looking pumpkin.

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Leaf Art and Crafts for Kids

Leaf Art and Crafts for Kids from Standard Deviants Accelerate

Fall is coming and in many places the leaves will be changing color and falling to the ground. It is a great time of year to get out and learn first hand about the changing of the seasons and the cycle of the leaves.

Here are some leaf books to get your started on your adventure: 12 Kids Books About Leaves

After you have gotten outside and enjoyed the fall leaves, you can head in and create some fun leaf art and crafts projects with the nature you have collected.

Leaf Art and Crafts for Kids

1. Leaf Coasters

What you need:

  • bathroom tiles
  • leaves
  • modge podge

What to do:

Simply create a collage of leaves to place on your tiles and use modge podge to hold it on the tiles. These are simple to do and make great decorations as well as gifts.

2. Leaf Rubbings

What you need:

  • a variety of crayons with the paper off
  • a variety of leaves
  • construction paper or cardstock

What to do:

Simply lay the leaves right side up on construction paper or cardstock and rub with a crayon. You can do multiples on one page, or use different color papers and crayons to create a fun and color project to frame!

3. Leaf Animals

What you need:

  • a variety of different shaped and sized leaves
  • twigs and other fallen plant scraps
  • glue
  • cardstock

What to do:

Gather leaves of different sizes and shapes. Larger leaves can be used for the body and smaller ones make great ears, wings, etc. Small twigs and plant scraps can be used for legs and other animal details. Have your children arrange the leaves to create animals like owls, birds, bugs, foxes, rabbits and more!

4. Leaf Lanterns

What you need:

  • mason jars
  • modge podge
  • fall leaves
  • small candles or clear Christmas lights

What to do:

This is and easy craft for kids of all ages that makes a beautiful fall decoration or gift. Simply use the modge podge to hold your leaves in place on the jar. You kids can make a specific pattern or just cover the jars completely in leaves (this makes a pretty stained glass look). Small candles or clear Christmas lights can be inserted inside the jars to light them up!

5. Leaf Books

What you need:

  • a collection of leaves
  • a book to help you identify them
  • markers
  • glue or tape
  • white cardstock
  • page protectors

What to do:

You can create a leaf book with fall leaves or any leaves. Simply gather a collection of leaves and use a guide book to identify them. Your kids can arrange their leaves on cardstock and secure with glue or tape. Then they can write the type of leaf and any identifying or special characteristics on the page. We like to use page protectors to keep it all safe and secure. To keep it all together you can use a folder or brads to make a nice book.

6. Leaf Bunting

What you need:

  • pages from an old book
  • leaves
  • twine
  • scissors
  • modge podge

What to do:

Bring your leaves home and  press them in a book, leaving them for a few days until completely dried. Then using pages from an old book, cut out pennant shapes. Be sure to leave extra length at the top to be able to fold over and staple to create a space to string your banner with twine.
Use modge podge adhesive to attach the pressed leaves to each pennant. (One larger leaf or a few smaller ones per pennant.) The fold down the top portion of each pennant, secure with staples leaving enough space to thread the twine through.
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Essential Art Supplies For Your Homeschool

Essential Art Supplies For Your Homeschool from Standard Deviants Accelerate
I am very aware that many of us are not artistic ourselves and may have trouble getting our heads around having art in our homeschool. {Note that I am one of those people.} This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive to include art in your homeschool and with that provide quality art supplies for your homeschool.

While the temptation is to buy the cheap stuff, this can burn you in the end with crayons that break and don’t give good color, glue that doesn’t stick properly, markers that run out too quickly, etc. So when purchasing art supplies take a look around and be sure to buy something with a little more quality than with the cheaper price tag.

In our house we have a bin with the “special” art supplies. It has become a big deal to do an art project and be able to use these supplies. They are all higher quality and are treated with care because they have been deemed “special” in our house.

Art Supplies For Your Homeschool

So now what types of supplies should you keep in your homeschool?

  • scissors
  • crayons
  • washable markers (thin and thick)
  • permanent markers (thin and thick)
  • colored pencils
  • glue sticks
  • liquid glue
  • modgepodge
  • watercolor paints
  • a variety of paint brushes (size and bristle type)
  • watercolor paper
  • acrylic paint
  • paint trays
  • chalk and or oil pastels
  • drawing paper

While the amount of supplies you can purchase are endless, the above supplies cover a large variety of types that will get you and your children through hours of fun art projects.

Not sure where to find these art projects? Do a quick search online and you will find tons of fun and creative ideas to get you started.

What are your “go to” art supplies?

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