It’s easy to become overwhelmed with all of the art supplies to sort through to build your at home studio for your little artists. So, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite “go-to” kids art supplies for you from a variety of suppliers. We use these materials for our virtual art labs and keep these in stock at home at all times.
If you are just starting to introduce art materials at home, you can also purchase Curated Essem Art Starter Boxes for toddlers (18+ months) and little artists (3+) in our shop. Our curated boxes have a wide selection of starter materials for you to explore with your artists at home.
Tempera Paint Sticks – love the buttery rich texture of paint sticks for layering and cardboard crafts.
Watercolors– the fluid and free blending nature of watercolors can be so much fun.
Tempera Paints – basic tempera paints for
Color Pencils– these pencils are water soluble and they are dynamic to use as dry/wet medium.
Oil Pastels – these are water soluble pastels which also make them dynamic as a wet/dry medium while being super rich in texture.
Crayons – The twist crayons are great for avoiding broken crayons and come in some super fun colors.
Toddler Crayons – Egg shaped crayons are perfect for little hands to explore mark making.
Paint Brushes – This set of brushes is a great starter set for little artists.
Scissors – these are blunt tipped kids scissors great for small hands.
Toddler Scissors – These toddler scissors are great as starters, super safe
Mixed Media Paper – this sturdy paper holds up so well for various projects including water based projects and also layered craft projects
Construction Paper – love the colors of this construction paper… this paper stands out against the typical bland construction paper
Origami Paper – this colorful variety of paper and paterns is dynamic for adding colors and textures with any and all projects.
Some of our favorite crafting materials are: Foam Stickers, Boogly Eyes, Buttons, Rhinestones, Pom Poms (large and small).