Crafting memories and engaging in educational activities as a family can be immensely rewarding. These DIY projects and activities not only entertain but also provide opportunities for learning, bonding and building lasting memories. So, gather your supplies and embark on these creative adventures with your children, turning ordinary moments into extraordinary ones.

**BONUS TIP** - If you are looking for a good and useful birthday or general gift for kids and don't want to try and second guess at the store, grab a bucket and fill it with DIY craft supplies, this allows kids to use their imaginations and parents will appreciate the restock!

To make the most of your crafting adventures, it's a good idea to have a well-stocked craft supply arsenal. Here's a breakdown of essential craft supplies I aim to keep on hand for a wide range of projects:

1. Paper Galore:

  • Colored construction paper
  • Cardstock in various colors
  • Patterned scrapbook paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Craft paper in rolls
  • Notebooks or sketchbooks for doodling and journaling

2. Adhesives:

  • Child-safe glue sticks
  • White school glue
  • Sticky dots or glue dots
  • Craft adhesive putty for temporary fixes
  • Kid-safe Stapler

3. Drawing and Coloring Tools:

  • Crayons
  • Colored pencils
  • Washable markers
  • Watercolor paints and brushes
  • Acrylic paint
  • Chalk and chalkboard paint

4. Cutting and Shaping:

  • Child-safe scissors
  • Craft scissors with decorative edges
  • Paper trimmer
  • Craft knives (for adult use only)
  • Hole punchers in various sizes and shapes

5. Crafting Basics:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Pipe cleaners (chenille stems)
  • Googly eyes
  • Buttons and beads
  • Craft foam sheets
  • Pom-poms
  • Sequins and glitter

6. Textile and Decorative Elements:

  • Assorted ribbons and fabric scraps
  • Yarn and embroidery floss
  • Fabric markers and paint
  • Sewing needles and thread (for older kids and adult supervision)

7. Tools for Sculpting and Modeling:

  • Air-dry clay (MY FAVORITE)
  • Mod Podge
  • Playdough or modeling clay
  • Modeling tools and molds

8. Recycling and Upcycling Supplies:

  • Old magazines and newspapers
  • Empty cardboard boxes and containers (My oldest preferred way of crafting)
  • Bottle caps and lids
  • Egg cartons
  • Recycled materials for eco-friendly projects

9. Safety Gear:

  • Aprons or old shirts to protect clothing
  • Nontoxic and washable craft supplies for younger children
  • Safety scissors for little hands

10. Storage and Organization:

  • Craft storage containers or bins
  • Labeling materials for organizing supplies
  • Ziplock bags for keeping small items together

Having a well-stocked craft supply stash at your fingertips ensures that you're ready to dive into a variety of creative projects at any time. It also encourages spontaneous crafting sessions and allows for easy cleanup and organization. With these supplies, you and your family can explore, create, and learn together, turning ordinary moments into extraordinary ones filled with laughter, discovery, and cherished memories.