A huge part of the prep, is what supplies you have on hand. Here are all the goodies we keep in our school room…
- Construction paper
- Craft (popsicle) sticks
- Fun Foam
- Glitter glue (the best of both worlds)
- Googly eyes
- Hot glue gun and sticks
- Paint (washable & non-toxic)
- Paint brushes (all different sizes)
- Paper plates
- Paper sacks
- Pipe Cleaners
- Pom pom balls
- Scissors (child size, start early)
Some not so common craft supplies:
Things to Collect
The best craft supplies are those that are free. Here are some things I tend to squirrel away for when we need them…
- Toliet paper rolls
- Paper towel rolls
- Egg cartons
- Egg shells (hollowed out)
- Baby food jars
- Oddly shaped containers
- Pringle containers or similarly shaped packages
- File folders
- Magnetic paper
- Printer paper
- Lots of computer ink
It sounds totally dorky but one of my favorite craft supplies is my laminator. Maybe it’s the teacher in me, but I love being able to laminate things. Once I got it, I couldn’t stop. 🙂 They make small ones that are are very affordable. If you are planning on doing a lot of crafts, especially if you are going to be making file folder games for you little ones, you might consider getting one.
From Around the House
And there are a few other things from around the house that I find us using constantly:
- Cookie trays
- Shaving cream
We love our felt board! I decided to make one on a lark and it has become one of our favorite activities. The girls enjoy the stories and playing with the pieces and I enjoy making them so it’s a win, win.
You can certainly buy felt boards and special felt board sets, but it is cheaper to make it all yourself (and very easy). All you need is a thin piece of board cut the size you would like. Most hardware stores–Home Depot, Lowes, etc.–will cut your plywood to size for you if you don’t have tools at home. Then just cover the board in flannel (odd but it’s not felt) preferably in a dark color such as black or navy blue.
When it comes to making the pieces you have three options really.
- You can cut the pieces out of solid colors of felt. This is quick and easy, especially if you need the piece to be one color.
- You can draw/trace pictures on pellon (purchased at a fabric store) using a black sharpie and color the pictures in with oil pastel crayons.
- You can print pictures out (and laminate them) then glue felt to the back so that the pieces will stick to the board.
Personally I do a mix of all three depending on the project and the time I have.
Want far more detailed directions and tips for making your own felt board and pieces? Check out Felt Board Fun.