School has started, and while the kids seem healthy enough I’ve been sick. Which means it’s a good time to pull out the emergency craft supplies – things I keep on hand to make sick days and rainy days with kids a happier experience. Of course, this is a topic I think about a lot when I am sick, which is how the photo above has sat in my drafts folder for the past three and a half years. That’s one-year-old Lily, who had quite a bit more hair than two-year-old Anna! All of the items in this list keep my kids engaged for a while, with minimal supervision. The scissors and small jewels do require extra supervision for little ones. Links are affiliate links; any item purchased through them may earn me a small commission at no cost to you. Thank you for supporting my site!
Adhesive back craft jewels are probably my favorite “luxury” crafting accessory for kids. They are easy for kids to use, and stick to most object – even fabric. My kids love using these to fancify their craft projects.
Craft foam sheets are another great craft material! They bend easily, but don’t rip unless you want them to. They are very easy for kids to cut with scissors, and if you get them wet they will stick to windows and other smooth surfaces until they dry out!
My kids use chenille pipe cleaners in all sorts of fun ways – from crazy hair day ‘dos to wand making! Emma has played around with making animals out of these, and my babies and toddlers have enjoyed sticking them through colander holes.
Fiskars children’s scissors are my absolute favorite scissors for kids. They cut materials easily and are easy for kids to control.
My kids create all sorts of things by combining scissors, paper, and Scotch Magic Tape. Do you remember the yellow tape that everyone had before magic tape? I still remember how amazed I was the first time my parents brought home a roll of this clear matte tape!
Glue Dots are a fun craft supply for kids, although I tend to save them for the older kids since they can be tricky to use. Glue dots can be used with craft foam, paper, and other materials, and provide more flexibility than tape.
What are your go-to craft supplies for rainy days and sick days?