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Art supplies and resources

Art supplies for 12 months – 24 months

This age group does not need any formal art supplies. What they need is plenty of outdoor play and freedom to engage in sensory play. My kids used to play with cloud dough, do finger-painting made from yoghurt + food colouring, engaged in plenty of scooping activities, did some chalk-drawing, sand play, water play etc.  I am not a fan of using food as play items but if that is something you might be interested in, you can also explore using coloured pasta, coloured rice or other types of grains and beans to create sensory bins. If you are doing painting its best to use plain canvas fabric instead of paper – think outside of the box in terms of using items that is okay for them to put in their mouths, would not get easily destroyed and easy for them to manipulate since their motor skills are still developing.

If you are still not sure, consult Loose parts 2: Inspiring play with infants and toddlers on how to get your infants and wee toddlers exploring.


Art supplies for 24 months and up

Disclaimer: Many items here are shipped using courier services or helped by friends traveling overseas. You can get the same items but of different brands/sizes locally or through cheaper means.  I tend to buy in bulk because I have four kids so I found that despite paying for overseas shipping, economies of scale works to my advantage.

Drawing supplies

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Example of how to use sharpie for drawing


Painting supplies


Sculpting supplies


Collage/crafting supplies

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Craft punchers are fun to punch and great for making shapes for collaging

  • Daiso pom poms
  • Daiso ice-cream sticks
  • Daiso googly eyes
  • Daiso washi tape
  • Daiso sticker labels
  • Stickers


Inking and printing


Sewing and weaving

Alex toys craft simply needlepoint flower

Alex toys craft giant weaving loom

Janome kid’s sewing machine (for ages 5 and up though I feel the best age to learn a sewing machine is 7; I only have a US link version, so find one that has voltage for Singapore)


Other accessories


Organising tray for crafts and loose parts

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Using an Ikea cutlery tray for organising play dough sculpting tools and molds

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Art trolley from Taobao (I used EzBuy buy-for-me service to get it shipped here, assembly was simple)


NOTE:  You can also get your art supplies from local e-store Overjoyed which ships free after $50. Thank you @jarfulplenty for reminding me about this.  


Guidebooks on doing arts and craft with kids

If you are not sure where to start to help your kids get going with their art supplies and how to get their creative juices going, you might want to consult these books/websites which gives plenty of ideas to help your little ones familiarise themselves with different art mediums and start creating:

Art lab for little kids

Paint lab for kids

3D Art lab for kids

Animation lab for kids


Art workshop for children

The artful parent (she also has a blog)

Playful learning How your child’s sense of joy and wonder (I also follow their webby subscribe to their mailing list)

Imagine childhood

Loose parts: Inspiring play in young children

The Art Pantry website and Instagram gives excellent visual examples on how to design arts and craft rooms for your kids

Meri Cherry’s blog


Further reading

Why typical preschool crafts are a total waste of time? – A good article outlining that the process is more important than the product when it comes to exploring art for little kids. So don’t get too involved in over-preparing and finding Pinterest projects for kiddos.  Its more crucial to allow them to freely explore art materials and mediums and at the appropriate ages, introduce proper techniques, which are shown in the guide books I highlighted above.

Also read my blog post on Tidy Play Spaces on how to help your kids learn to clean and tidy after playing and doing arts and craft.

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