Top 10 Craft Supplies for Kids

  • Polymer Clay 1 of 10
    Polymer Clay
    Polymer is the perfect medium for older kids to sculpt with. It’s affordable, comes in a rainbow of colors, and bakes in the oven. Sculpey offers a variety of polymer project ideas, tips, and techniques.
    Get it from Blick, $17.25 for 30-color pack »
  • Crayola Color Wonder Markers 2 of 10
    Crayola Color Wonder Markers
    These markers are amazingly mess-free! The ink is clear on most surfaces but magically shows up on Color Wonder paper, so make sure to pick up the accompanying Color Wonder activity and coloring books!
    Get it from Crayola Store, $7.99 for 10-pack »
  • Pony Beads 3 of 10
    Pony Beads
    A large selection of pony beads in a variety of bright colors offers endless possibilities for all skill levels. Download free patterns, templates, and project ideas for all ages over at Making Friends.
    Get them from JoAnn, $6.99 for 1-pound bag »
  • Shrinky Dinks 4 of 10
    Shrinky Dinks
    Shrinky Dinks have been around for years, but kids of any generation will be amazed to watch their creations shrink in the oven! Note: Parent supervision needed.
    Get them from Goe Stores, $5.18 for 10 sheets »
  • Play-Doh 5 of 10
    Play-Doh
    Play-Doh brings out the kid in all of us, doesn’t it? It’s easy for young children to handle, and the creative possibilities are endless. Buy a selection of colors, or even make your own!
    Get it from Hasbro Toy Shop, $12.99 for 24-pack »
  • Fabric Paint 6 of 10
    Fabric Paint
    With a little supervision and some dollar store tee shirts, kids of all ages can channel their inner fashion designers using fabric paint. Have older kids sketch out their ideas first on paper before painting on shirts.
    Get it from Amazon, $6.65 for 6-bottle starter kit »
  • Origami 7 of 10
    Origami
    For older kids with a little patience, origami is a rewarding, mess-free craft. This book contains more than 100 sheets of paper, complete with how-tos and embellishments.
    Get it from Amazon, $12.75 »
  • Scratch Magic Deluxe Kit 8 of 10
    Scratch Magic Deluxe Kit
    Scratch art is a unique way for children to create striking “masterpieces” with very few supplies. This kit contains scratch paper in a bunch of colors, a stylus for scratching, and different templates.
    Get it from Barnes and Noble, $15.95 »
  • Embroidery Floss 9 of 10
    Embroidery Floss
    Friendship bracelet-making is a fun, portable craft that requires few supplies. Once you’ve stocked up with this big bag of colored floss, you can download free patterns depending on your kid’s skill level.
    Get it from JoAnn, $19.99 »
  • Liquid Watercolor Paint 10 of 10
    Liquid Watercolor Paint
    Forget the chalky watercolor palettes you had in school and invest in these vibrant liquid watercolors. Have children draw a picture using a black permanent marker and fill in with paint. (Use watercolor paper for best results.)
    Get it from Discount School Supply, $23.92 »
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