If you are a parent or a teacher sooner or later you will need to think about what kind of art supplies to get your children or your students. You want to make sure that the supplies that your children have to work with are non toxic and safe for chewing on. Very small children will need someone to watch them as they play with crayons, or the crayons may very well end up in their mouths.
Read all the labels of the art supplies you purchase. If the supplies do not have a label or an indication of their safety, it is recommended that you buy the more expensive brand which has followed safety measures rather than spend less but put your child’s health at risk.
Art is a great way to interact with your children. Starting around age one, kids will enjoy doing art along with you or their older sibling. At a very young age, kids will generally like looking at giant crayons. You need to get large sized crayons rather than smaller crayons since smaller crayons may be a choking hazard as well as break fairly easily.
When choosing kids art supplies you need to make sure that the produces are created according to safety standards in your particular state. Find products that have been tested rigorously and have conformed to the United States toy safety standards. If you are in Europe, make sure the products you purchase abroad conform to the strict European health standards as well.
Older children will need more than crayons. School age children will usually need a pair of blunt plastic scissors, non-toxic glue and colorful paper. Popsicle sticks are also a good idea for them to be able to make crafts.
One idea you can use for having small kids create art and crafts is letting them stack popsicle sticks on top of each other and glue the edges together. This make a nice little holder for their parent’s keys or other knick knacks.
You may be able to get more for less if you buy in bulk. Some coloring books, for instance, let you purchase just the coloring book and give you free crayons. There are also packages you can get such as pencils, crayons, a ruler and blunt scissors that you can pay less for. This way your child can have complete art supplies without your having to spend too much.