If you're struggling to think of ways to help get creative with your little ones, then this insightful article is sure to bring a splash of colour to any craft-time project. With an array of inspiring paints, craft supplies, and art sets to choose from, here at The Range our impressive selection of kids arts and crafts essentials is sure to help them bring their next handmade masterpiece to life.
When it comes to kitting out your youngster's craft collection with all the essentials, paints and painting accessories are a definite must-have! Designed to help inspire creativity, as well as stimulate sensory development, painting is a fun and highly engaging activity that's sure to provide hours of entertainment. With a wide array of both indoor and outdoor painting projects to choose from, here are our top suggestions that are sure to impress your kids, from toddler through to teen.
A great way to help stimulate your little one's imagination, finger painting projects are perfect for youngsters looking to get stuck into something colourful and creative. Child-friendly paints such as the Giotto Poster School Paint, Reeves Redimix Paint, or the Reeves Ready Mix Paint are great non-toxic varieties that are perfect for filling paint trays such as the Plastic Roller Tray, or paint palettes such as the Royal and Langnickel Paint Palette Bubbles, with. If you're concerned about wandering hands leaving unwanted mess on your table top of craft-top surface, then why not lay down a protective sheet such as the White Party Tablecover or the Pack of 2 Kingfisher Catering Plastic Table Covers Set.
From flowers to family portraits, the possibilities really are endless when it comes to finger painting, just make sure your chosen paper pad is thick enough to not let the paint run. Options such as the Pack of 25 A3 Coloured Card or the Pack of A4 Card are great for this, or, if you feel like adding a little more texture, why not switch out the paper for foam with the Pack of 50 Dovecraft A4 Foam Sheets. Don't forget - accessories such as the Crayola Animal Paint Sponges or the Round Painted Wiggle Eyes are sure to become firm go-to favourites.
Struggling to remove the paint once they've finished? Why not stock-up the craft kit with items such as the Pampers Sensitive Protect Baby Wipes or the Pack of 30 Preparation H Soothing Wipes - great for wiping clean their sticky fingers!
Are your kids bored of the same old painting techniques? Why not introduce them to rock painting instead! No matter whether large or small, pebbles and stones make for the perfect natural canvas. With the outdoor environment full of ready-to-paint rocks just waiting to be discovered, the possibilities really are endless when it comes to their next painting project. What's more, why not make a day of your trip to the local beach, lake, or park by bringing along with you a craft caddy full of all their favourite painting materials.
Acrylic paints such as the Liquitex Basics Acrylic Paint, Daler-Rowney Graduate 500ml Acrylic Paints, Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic Paint, or the all-in-one Daler-Rowney Graduate Acrylic Painter's Pot are perfect for use on natural materials such as stone, whereas paints such as the Docrafts Artiste Acrylic Metallic Paint or glitter tubes such as the Pack of 10 Glitter Glue Pens are sure to help add a little more glitz and glamour. Brushes such as the Daler-Rowney Simply Acrylic 10 Brush Pot, Pack of 12 Royal and Langnickel Natural Hair Brushes or, perfect for little hands, the Pack of 3 Royal and Langnickel Large Area Camel Hair Brushes are sure to help any young Picasso perfect each and every stroke in style.
Top Tip - Always wash your stones before you start a painting project. This'll help remove any worn-on dirt that could either prevent the paint from sticking or ruin your paintbrushes.
Can't find or don't have the time to collect an array of rocks, stones, or pebbles? Why not opt for all-in-one rock painting kits such as the Hinkler Metallic Rock Painting Starter Kit, Paint Your Own Galaxy Rocks Kit, or the Paint Your Own Neon Stones Kit.
Great for showcasing in any home, or even for gifting to loved ones once complete, Painting by Number sets are perfect for helping keep your youngster entertained for longer.
Sets such as the Royal and Langnickel Paint by Numbers Junior Kit - Deep Sea Diver, Reeves My First Paint By Numbers - Princess, or the Reeves My First Paint by Numbers Dolphins make perfect options for younger children, whereas more advanced sets such as the Royal and Langnickel Flower Fairies Painting By Numbers Kit, Royal and Langnickel Ocean Deep Painting By Numbers Kit, Dogs Paint by Numbers for Juniors, or the Transport Paint by Numbers for Juniors are perfect for slightly older children looking to perfect their painting skills.
Looking for something just as creative but without the numbers? Why not get your little one to try out an art set such as the Paint Your Own Money Box, Paint Your Own Dinosaur Kit, or the Thomas & Friends Paint Your Own Money Box - all come complete with all the necessary accessories!
If you're planning on heading out and about with your youngster but are looking for some accessories to help them paint the perfect picture, then why not set them up with a stable easle such as the Lea Studio Easel, Winsor and Newton Dart Sketching Easel, or the more lightweight Liffey Box Easel. Struggling with storage? Why not ensure all their must-have items are stored in style with help from a caddy such as the Luxury Craft Caddy or a file-folder such as the Art Folder Portfolio .
Need something to help keep them entertained for longer whilst travelling, but don't want to risk the hassle (and mess) that comes with paints? Why not opt for all-in-one craft kits such as the Disney Princess Ultimate Activity Mega Pack, Kaleidoscope Totally Tropical Colouring Book with Markers, Dinosaur Airflow Art Set, Disney Pixar Incredibles 68 Piece Art Case, or the Despicable Me Fluffy Medium Magnetic Scribbler - all, although paint-free, are still designed with your little one's creative imagination in mind.