There's nothing that we love more than art supplies, and today we are sharing our list of favorites for the 2-4 year old crowd! These make perfect gifts and stocking stuffers for all of the toddler and preschoolers on your list. Plus they're perfect for little hands and strengthening fine motor control.
Tempera Paint Sticks: The best mess-free supply for littles! We personally love the Kwik Stix brand, but there are so many of these on the market that you really can't go wrong with any of them.The Shuttle Brand sticks are a good option as are these extra large sticks that can be found at Michael's (don't forget to use one of their coupons too). We use tempera sticks on literally everything from paper to canvas to wood, and on lots of natural materials like sticks, leaves, pumpkins, and pinecones. But the best part about tempera sticks is that they dry within minutes and leave virtually zero mess, plus they come in the most vibrant colors!
Crayons: These are not your ordinary crayons! Try something different by giving your 2-4 year old these sweet smelling Stockmar Beeswax Blocks or this cute little velvet bag of crayon rocks which are designed to teach children the proper pencil grip. What we love most about these two types of crayons is the fact that you're sneaking in fine motor practice without them even knowing it.
Drawing Stencils: Great for imaginary play, hand-eye coordination, and building muscle control in their hands and fingers! These plastic stencils are a must-have for littles. Not only do we love using them with tempera paint sticks, crayons rocks, and chalk, but they are easy to clean and come in the most magical shapes. This set of 48 is filled with dinosaurs, animals, fruit, vehicles, and more! And what toddler or preschooler isn't amazed by bugs?
Collage Materials: A playful way to explore different textures, colors, and shapes! We love putting out a collection of items, along with some glue, and letting the littles explore. Some of our favorite collage items to offer the toddler and preschool crowd are mini flowers, pre-cut tissue squares, metallic paper, and paper shapes. These large acrylic gems are fun too, as long as you're right there with kids under 3 to make sure the gems don't go in their mouth.
Glue Tip: Where there's glue, there's usually a little one just dying to squeeze out the entire bottle. Using glue can be really messy (which we happen to love but also realize that many parents don't). Plus, the act of squeezing a glue bottle is not only fantastic for building hand and finger strength but the glue itself provides a sticky sensory experience that some littles (not all) crave. But if using the entire bottle of glue in one sitting makes you cringe, simply pour some into a shallow bowl and let your little use a foam brush or small paint brush to paint it on. They won't get the full on squeezing effect, but using the brushes is still a great way to exercise fine motor control.
Many of these supplies can also be found in our Exploring Bugs! box which makes a great curated art gift for your toddler/preschooler (and the best part is that we've already done all the work for you - you just add the bow).
Have questions about which supplies to choose? We are here to help!
Nicole & Raygan
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