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Art supplies can get expensive but making your own homemade art supplies can not only save you money but can also help you when you are in a pinch. It’s also a lot easier than you may think and they can be used in a variety of ways running a home daycare.
Daycare Art Supplies
Making your own art supplies can come in handy when you want to spend less on supplies, if you forget to grab some at the store, or if you want to create your own reusable supplies at home.
These homemade art supplies are easy to make. They also don’t require too many supplies so you can easily make them when you need them.
Art Supplies for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Arts and crafts help children express their creativity, problem solve, hone fine motor skills, and have fun. A priceless way to create memories, strengthen bonds, and have lots of interesting conversations over sticky fingers, glittery messes, and unique creations. Creativity rocks! And having free use art materials on hand is imperative to develop it.
Did you know that art is not introduced in schools in my state until 5th grade? Did you also know that creativity is developed in children by age 8? So what are we missing here. Having art supplies for toddlers and preschoolers in daycare is super important.
But art supplies can be expensive. You can save a bundle by making them with what you have on hand. I’m going to be sharing some of our favorite products that you can make for daycare!
These products that I have listed are just some of our basic staples to get you started on some DIY fun. These products are perfect if you’re needing a quick activity for your kids that won’t break the bank and they are great gifts to give too! Click on the links to get the recipes and get ready to create!
Homemade Shrinky Dinks
You can make your own shrinky dinks at home with used takeout containers. Check out what kind of plastics work and how to do it here.
Homemade kinetic sand
This homemade kinetic sand recipe is simple and inexpensive and will provide hours of fun, fine motor skill building, and sensory stimulation for your kids.
At Christmas time you can make your own gingerbread to decorate, find out here.
Green Tea Playdough
Another great sensory activity is this DIY green tea playdough you can make with your kids. It smells great, it feels great, it strengthens fine motor skills too! Check out all these sensory activity ideas for daycare too.
Slow Cooker Homemade Playdough
So easy to make, this playdough is made in the slow cooker and does not require any cream of tartar.
DIY Finger Paint
Finger painting is a huge hit when it comes to young children and the kids will love using this homemade finger paint.
Make your own stamps with pumpkins, potatoes, or apples for kids to do stamp art.
Pasta can be used in a variety of different ways and if you are working to make some creative art, this colorful pasta is easy to make.
Make your own paper at home for your art activities with this easy-to-follow make your own paper tutorial.
Make these paper sculptures and use them in a variety of different activities and lessons.
Fruity Scented Playdough
An easy 2 ingredient playdough recipe that has a fruity scent to it. The kids will love working on their projects with this fun playdough.
No need to go out and buy chalk, you can easily make it at home so that you have it on hand. You can make colored chalk for even more fun.
Play Art Tiles
Get creative with your homemade supplies and create these tiles. After they are finished, the kids can use them in different activities or games.
Make your own paint at home using colorful natural items so that the kids can create their own fun painting projects.
Colored rice is perfect for sensory play, and you can easily make your own colorful rice at home with this tutorial.
Similar to playdough and sand put together, this moon dough is easy to make and can be used for a variety of different learning activities.
Fill the sensory bins with these colored chickpeas. You can easily make these at home and have them on hand when you need them.
You can also find art supplies even in your yard, like the ones we used to make these twig star ornaments.
These homemade art supplies are going to help you keep your art shelf stocked and many of them can be used in tons of different activities too! Check out these home daycare set ups for ideas on how to store your art supplies too! You are going to have so much fun!
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