12 Innovative Art Supplies to Keep Handy
If you've got a kid over the age of 2, chances are you have a collection of basic art supplies such as paper, crayons, markers and finger paint. But what if you want to kick your art kit up a notch? Try these items:
Dried leaves, flowers, petals, and branches collected from the great outdoors.
A stack of old newspapers and magazines.
Scraps of wrapping, tissue, or wallpaper.
Potatoes or apples—we're not kidding! These edibles are great for using as stamps that can be dipped in paint and pressed onto paper to create cool, colorful patterns.
Sponges in different shapes and sizes. These also can double as stamps or be used to add a 3-D effect to your kid's creations.
Feathers for gluing or painting.
Fabric, including old socks and mittens so you can try this Mateless Monster
Pasta and beans (uncooked).
Colored sand (if you can deal with the mess).
Any kind of scrapbooking supplies, such as stickers, stencils, glue dots (low mess and easy for young kids to use), labels, decorative hole punches (hearts, flowers, stars, etc.), and of course, favorite photos.
Save all of your used tin foil. Seriously. Then make this Tin Man
Stones and rocks. After you've created something amazing with them, put them to use by setting up a tic-tac-toad board