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Unleash Your Child's Creative Genius: Our Favorite Art Supplies for Kids Ages 3-8

Art is not just a form of self-expression; it's a fantastic way for kids to develop their fine motor skills, boost their creativity, and have loads of fun while doing it. If you're a parent or guardian of a budding young artist aged 3-7, you're in the right place! In this blog post, we'll guide you through our top picks for at-home art supplies to inspire your child's imagination and foster their artistic talents.

Washable Crayons and Markers:

  • Safety is a top priority when it comes to young children. Opt for washable crayons and markers that are easy to clean off walls, clothes, and hands.

  • These colorful tools are perfect for little hands to grip, making it easier for them to create their first masterpieces.

Our top teacher pick is these Magic Stix Markers: These vibrant markers are designed to last up to 7 days without drying out with the cap off – guaranteed!

Paints Sticks:

  • Painting is a sensory-rich experience that allows kids to explore texture, color mixing, and self-expression.

  • It is important to use non-toxic, washable paints to ensure safety and easy cleanup.

Our favorite material for mess-free, easy clean up are Kwik Stix Tempera Paint sticks, they take the mess out of painting while keeping all the fun. These quick-drying paints dry in under 90 seconds, providing mess-free fun for kids of all ages. They come with a variety of colors and also have an option of Pastel Colors.


If you have perused the art supply section at any local craft store you understand there are a variety of different papers that are used for art.

  • Having a variety of paper options is not always an option. A rainbow of basic construction paper provides the perfect canvas for your child's creativity for use with markers, paint sticks, pencils etc.

  • It will also encourage them to cut, glue, and create collages for hours of artistic fun.

If you are wanting to explore wet media like watercolor or other painting we have one go-to paper that we cannot live without in the studio. Canson XL Series Watercolor Paper. This paper is heavyweight and perfect for all media. No more wrinkly art papers.

Modeling Clay:

  • Modeling clay is a versatile medium that allows kids to sculpt their own three-dimensional creations.

  • It's a great way to introduce them to basic shapes and encourage imagination, and develop fine motor strength.

For our younger artist we think that Crayola Model Magic is the perfect option. Model magic has a nice soft feel that is easily workable by young artists hands. It is non-toxic and air-dry. Model magic comes in a variety of color and size options. In the studio we prefer to use white and allow the students to add color with either washable markers or watercolor paint. It adds an extra layer of creative freedom to projects.

Below are a few links for Model Magic:

Watercolor Paints:

  • Watercolors offer a different painting experience compared to crayons and markers.

  • Invest in a set of quality watercolor paints and brushes to introduce your child to the world of blending and shading.

Our top pick as art teachers for affordable watercolor sets with vibrant pigment quality for young artists goes to Faber-Castell Watercolor Paint Set With Brush - Premium Washable Watercolors for Kids.

An alternative option with a larger color variety is this 36-color Watercolor Paint Set. It gets bonus points because it includes a brush set.

Art Apron or Smock:

  • Don't forget to protect their clothing with a cute, easy-to-clean art apron or smock.

  • It will save you from countless stained shirts and dresses.

We suggest saving your money here and just using an oversized t-shirt or button-down shirt borrowed from a family member or friend.


  • If you have the space, consider investing in a child-sized easel.

  • Easels encourage good posture and make it easy for kids to explore different artistic techniques.

We love this Delta Children MySize Kids Double-Sided Storage Easel because it comes in a variety of color options, is recommended for ages 3-8. This easel is DOUBLE THE FUN with a two-sided easel that features a chalkboard side and a magnetic, dry-erase whiteboard side. WHAT'S INCLUDED: Easel; bins and pull-down paper roll with 33' feet of paper.

Art Supply Storage:

  • Organize your child's art supplies with bins, boxes, or a dedicated art caddy.

  • Teach them the importance of tidying up after creating their masterpieces.

This Giantex 10-Drawer Rolling Storage Cart Scrapbook Paper Office School Organizer comes in a variety of color options and is both mobile and versatile.

Encouraging your child's creativity through art is a wonderful way to support their development and boost their self-confidence. By providing them with the best art supplies tailored to their age group, you'll be fostering a lifelong love of art and creativity.

- Teresa Hogan Keene

Kreeayt Art Studio

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