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Art Supplies for Kids

Updated on November 2, 2015

Basic Art Supplies for Creative Kids

As an art teacher, I am asked what to include in an art kit for school-age children. Which markers, colored pencils, and paints do you need? What about paper and brushes and something to carry them all in?

This lens will give you some ideas for quality art supplies for your children and some ideas for how to organize them once you have them in your hands.

Start with the basics and then add some of the fun stuff as you can afford them! Quality art supplies are always a great investment and give great results.

Basic Drawing Supplies - See the Amazon links below for more details.

Here are the basic items to include to get your child started.

  1. Drawing pencils
  2. Kneaded erasers
  3. Sketchpad
  4. Tortillion
  5. Watercolor colored pencils

Art Supplies for Kids
Art Supplies for Kids

Why Buy Quality Art Supplies?

I like to buy higher quality supplies so they last all year and the results tend to be better. The initial investment is well worth the extra dollars. Training the children to respect the art supplies is part of the process of learning how to draw.

Storing your art supplies properly and keeping the accessible are both important aspects of getting the most our of your quality art supplies.

In our family I usually have a small art supply budget that I will divide between buying something new to try with the children as well as restock our favorites. Year by year our art supply closet has been stocked with a wide variety of art supplies that we love and know how to use well.

Creative Space

Pencil blending
Pencil blending

How to Use a Tortillon (Blending tool)

Question from a reader answered.

Tortillons are made of paper and they are used to blend pencil, charcoal, or pastels for shading and shadows. You use them like you would use your finger to blend as you draw. After you put down your pencil, use the tortillon to smudge the graphite to blend and shade.

Al alternative to using a tortillon is to use a kneaded eraser or your finger. The paper tortillon is just another choice that artists can have on hand and children love to play around with them. They are so inexpensive that you can have several on hand at all times.

Quality Markers From Prismacolor - Artist Quality - Double-Ended for More Options

These are our special art markers that we use for art projects. If you train your children to use them properly, they will last a long time.

Two different tips on each marker stretch the variety of lines and shades you get with these quality markers. This means you get twice as many options for your money well spent. Be careful though, these will bleed through your paper so don't attempt to draw on both sides of a sheet.

Prismacolor Premier Double-Ended Art Markers, Fine and Chisel Tip, 12 Pack
Prismacolor Premier Double-Ended Art Markers, Fine and Chisel Tip, 12 Pack

This set will give you great results right from the start.


Markers Can Be Used With All Ages - Art Copywork for Edward Hopper with Markers

Grant Wood - Recreated with Markers
Grant Wood - Recreated with Markers

My sons enjoy recreating great artwork with markers. In fact, they enjoy using Crayola Brand markers for most of their projects. The artwork above was done with Crayola Silly Scents linked above. Read more about art copywork on my blog Harmony Art Mom.

Playing With Color

Colored Pencils
Colored Pencils

Colored Pencil Tutorial - Here is one of my video tutorials.

Fun Stuff Beyond the Basics

Prismacolor 92805 Sanford Scholar Colored Pencils, 24-Count
Prismacolor 92805 Sanford Scholar Colored Pencils, 24-Count

These are a great starter set for young hands. I highly recommend them for working in color. They are perfect for working in Dover Coloring Books inside the small lines of the more complex coloring pages.


Watercolor Colored Pencil Tutorial - My Prismacolor Tutorial on

Painting Supplies - Just a few Ideas

Look for all these sorts of products at your local art supply store. Try Hobby Lobby or Michael's or Joanns for the best prices. I always use a coupon!

Dixon Prang Oval Watercolor Paint Set, 8-Color Set, Assorted Colors, Clamshell Case, Brush Included (00821)
Dixon Prang Oval Watercolor Paint Set, 8-Color Set, Assorted Colors, Clamshell Case, Brush Included (00821)

These particular paints in the set are our favorite to take on the trail for our nature journals. They have lots of color and are easy to use.


Keep Your Supplies Handy!

Keep Your Supplies Handy!
Keep Your Supplies Handy!

Watercolor Crayon Demonstration - My Own Watercolor Crayon Tutorial on

A short demonstration showing how to use watercolor crayons.

Oil Pastel Demonstration - My Oil Pastel Tutorial on

Short demonstration showing beginners how to use oil pastels.

Oil Pastels for Young Hands

Sakura XLP16 16-Piece Cray-Pas Expressionist Assorted Color Oil Pastel Set
Sakura XLP16 16-Piece Cray-Pas Expressionist Assorted Color Oil Pastel Set

This set will give you lots of color choices for art projects with your children. These are a little messy but the blending ability of the oil pastels makes them a great choice for beginners.


Oil Pastels or Cray Pas - Artist Reproduction with Oil Pastels

Oil Pastel Project - Degas's Ballet Dancers
Oil Pastel Project - Degas's Ballet Dancers

Degas is the perfect artist to recreate with oil pastels. You can see how they do a great job of blending and covering. Give these a try with your next art project.

How To Sharpen Prismacolor Colored Pencils - Short Information Video from

You can find the featured sharpener on

Prismacolor Oval Pencil Sharpener

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      acreativethinker 5 years ago

      This is a very informative lens and very helpful for kids. Thanks for sharing. Take Care :)

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      click2CYtoday 5 years ago

      Thank you for all of the great ideas! I personally love Prismacolor pencils and kneaded erasers, but will have to try some of these others too!

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      Great information on art supplies for kids. I've added this as a related lens on my lens regarding art easels since it has a lot of added value for my visitors.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      love this web page now because it give me lots of ideas of art by your fan Ally

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      ArtMan1 5 years ago

      I wish more kids were into art these days rather than Xboxes and Nintendo Wii's. How can they develop a creative outlet from video games?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wonderful....,Awesome products.!

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      rottenpixies 6 years ago

      Wonderful post! I really enjoyed it. A lot of useful information and very inspiring. Squid-Liked!

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      Ann Scaling Tucker 6 years ago from Enid, OK

      This is a really great lens with tons of information. How about some SquidAngel dust as I leave. Have a great year.

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      leeleon 6 years ago

      good article

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      Mar1anneC 6 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      Awesome products. I love art. Nice lens.

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      bossypants 6 years ago

      I saw this lens on Squidoo's front page and was attracted to it because, like your son, I think kids' art supplies are wonderful source of creative fun, even if you're not a kid. It's great that you've featured such easy to find and economical choices. Congratulations on the front page feature for a terrific lens!

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      cleanyoucar 6 years ago

      Great list, art is a great way for kids to explore and learn =)

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      lilymom24 6 years ago

      Great resources here. My son has just started to enjoy drawing so I am always looking for more supplies.

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      WorldVisionary3 6 years ago

      My kids love to draw -- nice collection of art supplies!

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      Wendy Leanne 6 years ago from Texas

      You have a great resource here. My 5 year old loves art. *~blessed~*

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      See the color of 7 colour, the person's mood is changing for the better.

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      ViJuvenate 6 years ago

      I love having all sorts of art mediums and materials at home. I bought a very nice set of pastels once, but never got to use them. When an artist friend's house burned down I knew why I'd bought them. For her to begin her collection again. I'd still like to learn to use pastels.

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      dannydeu 6 years ago

      Thank you for your hard work that you put into this lens. Great information on art. Nice job.

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Nice lens

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Great ideas for art for kids!!!! (and grownups, too)... :) Blessed!

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Great ideas for art for kids!!!! (and grownups, too)... :) Blessed!

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      funwithtrains lm 6 years ago

      Great lens, thanks for the info!

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      queenofduvetcover 6 years ago

      My daughter is very artistic as well. Thank you for sharing such a great lens. =)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My daughter is always finding something creative to do.

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      baby-strollers 6 years ago

      My kids would go nuts for a collection like this.

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing.

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      lindseythomas lm 6 years ago

      I have a niece who really likes collecting pencils and she likes to draw too.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 6 years ago from Northern California

      Beautifully done. I keep a lot of art and craft supplies around for my girls. New Year's Blessings

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      Edutopia 6 years ago

      Depriving kids of the arts is a terrible, terrible thing. Great lens to help people get kids involved!

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      curious0927 6 years ago

      Exquisite! Really love it! Thanks!

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      Came back today to leave you a blessing on this very nicely done art supplies page!

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      Delia 6 years ago

      Great lens with a great subject and information, well done ~a d-artist Squid Blessing~

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      JoleneBelmain 6 years ago

      My kids love their art supplies. They have so many and it is so much fun to watch them being creative and bringing out their artistic talents. They are not quite as good as you yet though lol.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      Exploring art is important for children. They need to explore that aspect of their nature.

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      sukkran trichy 7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      nicely done. ~blessed~

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      Lace9 7 years ago

      Very cool lens, I also homeschool & really value good: like this lens! My own kids prefer creating digital art the moment so I've let them open a store on zazzle just like mommy..:) which is great as it's proving to be a truly productive project for them.

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      Lace9 7 years ago

      Very cool lens, I also homeschool & really value good: like this lens! My own kids prefer creating digital art the moment so I've let them open a store on zazzle just like mommy..:) which is great as it's proving to be a truly productive project for them.

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      Karnel 7 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      What an awesome lens so much great information...

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      JanieceTobey 7 years ago

      So I've got it all planned out. Your boys can come here for some outdoor fun, and then we'll come there for some art! ;-)

      I always enjoy your art lenses so much! Love the youtube demonstrations!!

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      tiff0315 7 years ago

      I love your lens! You found some great supplies!

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      WebIsFun 7 years ago

      You're right about quality supplies making a difference .. they can help motivate one to get even better!

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      squid-janices7 7 years ago

      Love the clear totes and rolling cart for organizing the supplies...clever idea!

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      AmateurAtHTML 7 years ago

      Good lens here. It really is amazing how often good supplies in young hands can improve results dramatically. Thank you for the information.

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      Susanne Iles 7 years ago from Canada

      This is a wonderful lens! Thank you so much for creating it. I particularly appreciated how you expressed the importance of getting quality supplies for children. To instill the joy of creating art requires proper products just end up in unhappy and frustrating results.

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      Annamadagan 7 years ago

      Wow! Thanks! I love to draw!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thank you so much for this great list. I really appreciate it!



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