15 Art Supplies Every Toddler Mom Should Have!

I have been an arts and crafts lover for as long as I can remember. Coming from a big family, we used to make so much fun decor for everyone’s birthdays. I have always dreamed about working on art projects with my own kids and have a craft room full of fun stuff. I want to foster their creative minds….in a cleaner way. (Hide the glitter). This post will include art supplies you should have on hand for the toddler in your life.

Disclaimer: In the name of full transparency, please be aware that this blog post contains affiliate links and any purchases made through such links will result in a small commission for me (at no extra cost for you). The commission will help fund my coffee drinking habit. You find cool new stuff on amazon, and you’ll keep me supplied in caffeine. It’s a win for everyone, really.

Large Washable Crayons: Crayons are a great place to start for a kid at any age. We started with Jumbo sized crayons because they fit perfect in their little hands.

Tip: A Bonus must have to go with crayons are Magic Erasers. Kids inevitably color on things they’re not supposed to, like toys, furniture and walls. Magic Erasers really are magic and do the trick every time.

Watercolor Paints: Watercolor paints are the perfect introduction to painting for a toddler. They’re cheap to buy, easy to use, and the best part – easy to clean up. My son Nico loves to paint. We even made fun wrapping paper this past Christmas.

Paintbrushes: This Melissa & Doug Jumbo Paint Brush Set has four paint brushes with jumbo tips and easy-to-grip handles packaged in an easy to store pouch. They are easy to clean with warm water and soap.

Large Paper Pad: What else goes with paint and paint brushes…this Melissa & Doug Finger Paint Paper Pad. This pack includes 2 50 sheets pads. It is extra-large glossy paper designed specifically for finger painting. It is made with nonabsorbent paper with a smooth surface and is coated on both sides.

These Markers are so much fun to have in your Art Supplies storage.

Do-a-Dot Markers: These markers are perfect for little ones. They are easy grip bottles for little hands with a large sponge tip that makes them mess free. They are easy to set up and clean up.

Stamps and Stamp Pad: Stamps are a great easy thing for kids to use. These Melissa & Doug art supplies are great for kids to help explore their creativity. They feature washable ink, making cleanup convenient and easy.

Construction Paper: Construction paper is definitely one of the art supplies everyone should have in their craft closet. The paper is great quality and there are many projects that can be made with it. There are so many colors to let your little one’s creativity go crazy.

Safety Scissors: These scissors come with a Melissa & Doug Scissor paper cutting practice book. This encourages children to learn how to use scissors safely. These are also great for the development of fine motor skills and cognitive skills.

Stickers: These are Reusable Sticker Pads that include multiple backgrounds and repositionable stickers. It is a nature-inspired theme with scenes that include a desert oasis, prehistoric landscapes, farm, jungle, and deep blue sea. This sticker pad helps kids develop strong fine motor skills and promotes creative play.

Chalk: Chalk is such a fun item to have in your art supply caddy. They are so much fun to use outdoors and the best part is that you can just hose down the sidewalk to clean it up.

Elmers Washable Glue: There are so many projects that would require the use of glue. This disappearing purple formula helps kids see where the glue is and then dries clear.

Glitter Glue: Having a glitter glue stick is a much better option then having loose glitter. These sticks are great for adding color and glitter in an easy way.

Popsicle Sticks: These colored craft sticks are so much fun to use for arts and crafts. They have rounded edges that make them safe for kids.

Pipe Cleaners: Pipe Cleaners are so much fun. These are made of high-quality wire which are soft and flexible making them easy to bend, twist, curve or wrap into shapes. They are a great tool for identifying colors.

Coloring Books: What kid doesn’t love a coloring book? This book has large and simple illustrations that make it easier to stay in the line, focused, and entertained. You can introduce your child to the alphabet, counting, number tracing, and even shapes.

How many of these items do you already have in your art supply storage? Kids have a great ability to be creative without much guidance. If all you can ever get your child is a pen and paper, they will come up with some amazing masterpieces. If you are able to grow their art supply stockpile, then use this list as your shopping guide.

Summer Bucket List for Toddlers

These are the start of the toddler years for us, and the days are so fun. Toddlers may be super curious about everything and have the ability to find joy in the smallest things. As my little one develops, I am treasuring these moments of learning and curiosity with a Toddler Friendly Summer Bucket List.

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How do you channel that never-ending supply of energy into exploration and discovery? A good summer bucket list can really help get your mind wrapped around what to do each day. This is the most fun and creative summer bucket list for toddlers organized by type of activity. You can skip ahead to the bottom and get a FREE printable bundle.

Outdoor Activities

Indoor Activities

Things to Eat

Things to Make


Water Fun

Places to go

  • Plan a Play Date
  • Go to an outdoor Movie
  • Visit the Farmer’s Market
  • Visit a New Playground
  • Visit a Children’s Museum
  • Attend storytime at a library
  • Go to a Gymboree class or a toddler yoga class
  • Visit relatives (or at least FaceTime them!)
  • Take a trip to the aquarium

Get your Toddler Summer Bucket List PDF Below!!

What’s on your toddler’s summer bucket list? If you have a great activity idea, comment below so I can add it to the list.

10 Craft supplies you should buy at Dollar Tree

I always love wandering aisles of Michaels to see all the new things. If you have seen my craft room you would know the obsession. It gives me immediate happiness and I’m sure that’s the same for so many people. My cart starts to fill up with lots of fun items and leaves my mind with so many new project ideas. That can add up quickly and get expensive.

In order to save my budget however, there are certain craft supplies that I do not purchase from Michaels because I can get them from Dollar Tree for less. Of course people will have quality concerns with these products from Dollar Tree but I have personally tested all of these products time and time again and can tell you they are worth it!

This is why I’m spilling my secrets on the 10 Craft Supplies you should buy at Dollar Tree. This list will save you a lot of money so you can buy more of those cute supplies you want without breaking the bank or your budget.

1. Wood Beads

I saw these and now I want to go back and buy all of the colors. These are great for making jewelry. Our nieces come over often and I want to have a full supply so we can make fun matching bracelets together! What a great price- 260 pieces for only $1.

2. Jute Twine

I used to buy this at Michaels and Hobby Lobby. When I saw this in the automotive aisle at Dollar Tree I was changed. I couldn’t believe I found this 3 roll pack! I have been buying it there ever since. Always remember to look in all of the aisles, you might be surprised by what you can find.

3. Foam Brushes

I was so pumped to find this 8 pack of foam brushes! You can’t beat spending a dollar on these. I tend to go through them quickly so it’s awesome to be able to have them on hand when I’m working on a project.

4. Poster paint

This is such a great thing to buy to stock your craft closet. These are great basic colors to have on hand. I can’t wait for all of the fun projects!

5. Hot glue sticks

You can never have enough hot glue sticks! I use them for so many projects. Dollar Tree carries regular and glitter hot glue sticks. These are so fun to use. If you have never used glitter glue sticks you should pick these up and try them out.

6. Bakers Twine

I know I already shared some twine earlier in this post but the options are just too good. While the jute twine adds a perfect rustic touch to any project, bakers twine can definitely add a cute and whimsical feel to a craft.

7. Burlap Ribbon

There are so many things you can do with burlap. It could make a pretty bow or add a nice touch to your wreath. No matter what you choose to do with the burlap it will make a great addition to your craft stock pile.

8. Mod Podge

These may come in small bottles, but that’s great because most of the time you don’t need that much when crafting. I like to add a few bottles to my craft pile when I head to Dollar Tree.

9. Tacky Glue

I have another adhesive on my list but it is completely necessary to me. This is such a great all-purpose glue. It is great for paper, wood, felt, foam and so much more. I love having it on hand for any project I want to make.

10. Decorative tape

I love washi tape. This is great to use in so many ways. I love using it in my planner or to decorative a plain card. It is another great item to have stocked in your craft pile.

Now that you have finished reading my list of craft supplies that you should be buying at the Dollar Tree what do you think? Are you surprised by what you can buy there? Do you have any others to add?

Comment Below!