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Art and Craft Supplies for the Classroom and Home

Art and Craft Supplies for the Classroom and HomeClassroom art and craft supplies makes teaching art to young students a joy, not a hassle. Art and craft supplies can act as tools for capturing student interest and imagination. These supplies can also be used to develop fine motor skills, help students envision concepts, and encourage active participation.

Fine Motor Skills

The creation of art and craft projects demands movement. Students must interact with supplies in order to achieve goals. The actions they perform can develop fine motor skills. For example, threading Fancy Stringing Rings onto a string to create a necklace requires a series of actions: sorting beads by color and shape, placing the rings in an attractive arrangement, knotting a ring onto the end of the string, slipping the beads onto the string in the proper arrangement, and securing the ends of the string together.

Understanding Concepts

When threading rings, asking students to spell out their names or other words with Lowercase Manuscript Letter Beads can add another level of complexity to the project. Students engage in identifying letters and using them to spell. They then take pride when others view their necklaces and recognize the words that the students spelled. Asking students to create patterns with the rings or beads engages them with math and they can visualize concepts such as single numbers, pairs, and groups. This is just one example of an art and craft project that can help students understand basic concepts in various subject areas.

Art Activity Kits

Art Activity Kits target certain topics with preplanned activities that are easy to put into action. Try using the Culturally Diverse 24 People Tag K kit as part of a unit about community and diversity or using the series of Scene-a-Rama diorama kits to teach students about the natural landscape. There’s a kit for every topic and activity – for example, the Mosaica kit is a great addition to a unit about patterns. Teachers who are interested in a general all-purpose kit will find many of their art and craft supply needs met by The Colossal Art Kit by Chenille Kraft.

Supplies and Arts and Crafts Resource Books

Basic supplies such as craft sticks, beads, sponges, Sculptamold, and Styrofoam balls, can be used for many activities. Arts and Crafts Resource Books can help teachers develop effective educational activities using these and other supplies. Art and Craft Resource Books for Teachers and Home Use cover a wide variety of topics and grade levels. Fine Motor Projects by Carson Dellosa contains activities, tips and ideas for developing motor skills and can be used in conjunction with art supplies, including stamps, play dough, paint, and crayons. Art with Anything by Gryphon House contains activity ideas that can be implemented with everyday objects, including buttons, cardboard, and junk mail.

Encourage Active Participation

Arts and crafts capture the interest of students because they must interact with supplies in order to create something. Physical action requires attention and gets students involved. Students must perform actions to complete their project, such as picking up chalk to form letters, applying adhesive or paint, and organizing objects to form patterns. Art and craft projects require students to strategize in order to achieve their goal and to think analytically about each task they encounter, such as arranging objects. When their art and craft projects are finished, students are often left with meaningful visual interpretations of academic topics -- the creation of which has developed fine motor skills and brought a new understanding.



Art  and Craft Resource Books for Teachers and Home use
Art Activity Kits
Adhesives
Aprons
Art and Craft Resource Books for Teachers and Home use


Art Activity Kits


Adhesives


Aprons


Art Straws
Beads
Bells
Bowls
Art Straws


Beads


Bells


Bowls


Buttons
Canvas
Casting Compounds
Chalk for the Chalkboard, Anti-Dust Chalk, Sidewalk Chalk,Pastello Chalk and More
Buttons


Canvas


Casting Compounds


Chalk for the Chalkboard, Anti-Dust Chalk, Sidewalk Chalk,Pastello Chalk and More


Clay and Clay Tools
Clothes-Pins
Colored Pencils
Contact Paper
Clay and Clay Tools


Clothes-Pins


Colored Pencils


Contact Paper


Cord
Craft Bags
Craft Kits
Craft Puffs
Cord


Craft Bags


Craft Kits


Craft Puffs


Craft Sticks
Crayons
Dispensing Pump
Dollies
Craft Sticks


Crayons

CRAYONS
Dispensing Pump


Dollies


Doll Pins
Dough & Dough Tools
Dry Erase Boards,  Dry Erase Markers and Dry Erase Answer Paddles
Easels
Doll Pins


Dough & Dough Tools


Dry Erase Boards, Dry Erase Markers and Dry Erase Answer Paddles


Easels


Face Paint
Feathers
Felt
FlannelBoard &  Felt Items
Face Paint


Feathers


Felt


FlannelBoard & Felt Items


Foam
Glitter
Gloves
Glue
Foam


Glitter

GLITTER
Gloves


Glue

GLUE
Glue Gun
Graphing Products for School and Home
Holiday and Seasonal
Incentives and Motivators
Glue Gun


Graphing Products for School and Home


Holiday and Seasonal


Incentives and Motivators


Inspirisational
Laminating
Markers
Precut Mat Frames
Inspirisational


Laminating


Markers


Precut Mat Frames

matframes
Mirrors
Misc.
Needles
Noodles
Mirrors


Misc.


Needles


Noodles


Oil Pastels
Paint
Paint Brushes
Paint Cups
Oil Pastels


Paint


Paint Brushes


Paint Cups


Paint Tools
Paint Trays
Paper Mache
Paper
Paint Tools


Paint Trays


Paper Mache


Paper

PAPERPRODUCTS
Pipe Cleaners
Pom Poms
Rubbing Plates
Sand
Pipe Cleaners

PIPECLEANERS
Pom Poms


Rubbing Plates


Sand


Scratch Art Sheets
Sculptamold
Sponges
Stencils
Scratch Art Sheets


Sculptamold


Sponges


Stencils

stencils
Sticky Shapes
Styrofoam
Wax Works
Wiggle Eyes
Sticky Shapes


Styrofoam


Wax Works


Wiggle Eyes

Wiggle Eyes WIGGLEEYES
Wooden Shapes
Yarn
Wooden Shapes


Yarn



Art and Craft Supplies for the Classroom and Home