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Arts and crafts are developmentally vital activities for toddlers and preschoolers.
They help children develop fine motor skills, hand strength, pre-writing skills, and even help them succeed academically!
According to experts, art helps children develop not only creatively and physically but it also helps them explore science and math skills.
Whether you’re just trying to occupy your toddler or preschooler for a few minutes while you get some work done (eat chocolate in secret)—or you are hoping to help them gain new skills, this is the ultimate list of art and craft supplies for young kids!
You know your child best, so feel free to skip any items you don’t think they’re ready for—I have one daughter who was able to be trusted with all of these materials from an extremely young age and another daughter who is still exploring shoving things in her nose at nearly 2 years old (ask me how deep play dough can get in a nose, actually don’t).
Without further ado:
For even more ideas for art and craft supplies for kids check out these lists!
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The ultimate list of must-have art materials for preschool & kindergarten