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The Best Craft Supplies for Kids

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If you are new to “In the Bag Kids’ Crafts”, you might have noticed that we do things a little bit differently. The crafts are kept quite simple, and they are ALL made from the same master list. And these supplies fit into one bag to make crafting with your family SO…MUCH…EASIER! I think that you will agree with me, once you see how much we can make with this list, that these are the best craft supplies for kids.

Now, more than half of the items on the list, I am confident that you already have in your home. To find out what is on the list, go HERE. And if you would like your own printable checklist…

In this strange time where we are all stuck indoors, I DO NOT want you to go out to the store to gather these supplies if you have not already done so. And now Prime is not an option. So, I wanted to take a minute here to give you ideas on things that you might already have in your home to replace some of the items on the list that may not be readily available. Remember also that if you are out getting groceries, many stores have a small craft section. Take advantage of the opportunity to get a few of the basics. Just follow the recommendations for sanitizing items.

Here are some ideas of things to use instead of these items on the list. And if you need more ideas, please email me at hello@inthebagkidscrafts.com. I will help if I can!

Large Popsicle Sticks

  • Cut strips of paper
  • Cut strips of cardboard from cereal boxes or corrugated boxes
  • Folded strips of newspaper
  • Old rulers

Washi Tape

*Washi tape is usually used to give an item extra color and decoration. So, just decorate it in other ways.

  • Paint
  • Crayons
  • Markers


  • Ball up little pieces of paper (construction paper, printer paper, tissue paper, wrapping paper)
  • Make your own pompoms. Here are some instructions…

Construction Paper

  • Plain printer paper that you can color any way you want
  • Cut up paper grocery bags
  • Newspaper
  • Sturdy wrapping paper

Pipe Cleaners

  • Leftover Chinese takeout chopsticks
  • Rolled up piece of paper or wrapping paper secured with tape
  • A painted piece of wire (maybe from an old hanger). You can add color by wrapping it with colored tape, yarn, string or paint it.


  • Color water with food coloring. This will work for some projects
  • Markers
  • Crayons

Googly Eyes

  • Draw and cut out eyes from construction paper

Tissue Paper Squares

  • Pieces of construction paper
  • Printer paper (white or colored). If white you can color it.
  • Wrapping paper cut into little squares
  • Gift bags cut up

Paper Plates

  • A piece of paper (any kind-construction, printer, newspaper) cut into a 9″ circle like the plate. This will work for most crafts but not all.
  • Cut a circle out of cardboard, like a cereal box or corrugated

It is my hope that this post helps you find ways to spend time with your family creating in the coming days. I cannot think of a better way to spend this extra time that we have.

Happy Crafting!


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Hi! I'm Joy. So glad you are here!

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