When you have a budding Renoir in your family, crayons and construction paper won't cut it for long. And if you want arts-and-crafts time to last more than 10 minutes, you'll need more than just pipe cleaners and glue! Instead of waiting until a rainy day or the playdate that's run out of steam, stock up ahead of time and keep an art box full of cool materials for making masterpieces.
A few tips before you start: Designate a box, crate or drawer for art supplies. That way, all the supplies are readily accessible, and tidying up is a snap. If you store everything in a cardboard box, you can make an activity out of decorating the box with stickers, markers or paint. Also, remember that making a mess is part of the fun. Spread newspapers on your work surface and don't be afraid of spills. It the weather is warm, the backyard makes a fine studio. Have the kids paint in bathing suits and then wash up by running under the sprinkler or using the garden hose.
In the meantime, here is a list of the new essential art supplies:
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