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I want to supplement DD's art supplies for Christmas. We currently have Dot Paints, markers/crayons, stamps and stickers. What other sorts of things are good for this age? DS has never been into art, so I don't have any experience!<br><br>
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Play-Doh. Lots of Play-Doh. And cookie cutters and stamps for Play-Doh fun. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I don't know what Dot Paint is, but we have washable fingerpaints and got a pack of brushes (like two dozen -- all sizes) from Hobby Lobby for cheap. She uses her hands and the brushes both. Big sheets of paper taped to the table and voila! Instant art. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I keep an eye out and if there's construction paper on sale I'll pick some up. She likes coloring on it too.<br><br>
Crayons, obviously.<br><br>
And for stickers I have tons of those address labels from charities, and we keep them in an old coffee container. She uses them as band-aids on her dolls and toys.<br><br>
You can take a larger sized tshirt and cut it up the back. Sew some thin strips of fabric onto it so it ties shut (like a hospital gown). Makes a great artist's smock. A cheap oilcloth or vinyl tablecloth works great as a dropcloth.<br><br>
And Ikea has an easel for cheap. I haven't seen it in person but I've seen several mamas on MDC rave about it.<br><br>
Sidewalk chalk is another great thing too.
 

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quality paints and good, heavy paper that can take a lot of water and a lot of paint and and lot of all kinds of action. water-color paper that you mount on a block works best for toddlers.<br><br>
Pie tins (old ones) for mixing two colors, and different paint trays like ice cube trays so that the colors can be mixed in different ways...<br><br>
oil pastels are a lot of fun, too. My 22 mo loves how bright and mixable they are--she loves to smear them around and dig her fingernails into them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I would recommend you stick with children's versions of art supplies -- because some, like oil pastels for instance, can have some rather caustic ingredients in the professional/adult version, whereas the children's versions are non-toxic.<br><br>
Here's a good chart of ingredients and some potential issues:<br><br><a href="http://www.ci.tucson.az.us/arthazards/paint3.html" target="_blank">http://www.ci.tucson.az.us/arthazards/paint3.html</a><br><br>
Just something to keep in mind. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Glue and sequins, pom poms, and feathers. My sister also suggested that we cut pics out of magazines to glue on paper. DD loves to glue things.<br><br>
Beads to make necklaces and bracelets (if your child wont eat them)
 

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Well, my dd (age 2.75) just went wild stapling this morning, so I'll add a stapler into the mix, as well as a hole punch (both with supervision, of course). My dd loves to finger paint and brush paint with acrylics so we bought a starter set of nice acrylics and some canvas-style paper at an art supply store.
 

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Bubble wrap as a stamp for painting with! Oh, my.... DD just LOVES this. We keep bubblewrap from packages and give it to her to stamp with.<br>
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Items like this are great to vary textures. We have been collecting art stuff for Christmas and for painting we've got sponges, rags of different textures, blocks of wood, etc. mostly free or really cheap.
 

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DD loves to glue things, so glue sticks are a must around here, we also have lots of fun with glitter, but that is really messy. Tissue paper that you can rip/cut up is great for gluing onto things, DD also loves to cut with scissors, she spent close to 40 mins cutting yarn up into tiny pieces. I also have clear contact paper, you can tape it sticky side up to a table and let your child sprinkle things on it or stick things to it and then cover it with another piece of clear paper and you have a collage that way. And also we used these cool pencils that are like crayons/colored pencils dry, but if you dip them in water they sort of paint.
 

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Construction paper to tear up into little pieces and then glue them on to other paper. Google eyes to add to pictures of animals/people. pipe cleaners and plastic/wooden beads or buttons to string.
 

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My 2yr old son LOVES those foam letters and shapes that you can glue onto paper. I'm pretty sure you can find them at Walmart.
 

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Stockmar beeswax block crayons.<br><br>
First of all, they fit magically into a toddler's hand. Second, they produce an insane range of artistic effects depending on how you use them. Third, they smell like honey and are totally non toxic.<br><br><a href="http://www.blueberryforest.com/images/Images_art/art_Stockmar_Block_Crayons_Waldorf_300.jpg" target="_blank">http://www.blueberryforest.com/image...aldorf_300.jpg</a>
 

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Might not be exactly what you are looking for, but ds loves "kitchen art". I buy cheap white flour, corn flour and food dye amongst other things, and let him go to town in the kitchen with water, making dough (which can then be squished and modelled) or goo (which can be spread around like finger paint). Or even just adding food dye to water in various quantities - he quickly figured out that a drop of blue with a few drops of yellow make green. And you can make all sorts of coloured swirly patterns.<br><br>
We haven't kept any of his creations, but photos of his fun are good. And we will probably make some salt dough at some stage and bake it, then varnish and paint it.<br><br>
Shaving foam art is fun - maybe best outside or in the bath.<br><br>
If this isn't your cup of tea, I think that finger paint (homemade or ready made) is great.
 

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<a href="http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/" target="_blank">http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/</a><br><br>
That'll give you some ideas for crafts. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> And the supplies aren't out of control.
 
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