Art Supplies Kids Won’t Stop Playing With

When you’re stuck hanging out at home, even YouTube and TikTok can get old for your littles. Why not encourage them to make like Monet? Our SwearBy community goes ga-ga for these creativity-boosting (and totally engrossing) arts and crafts supplies, which range from inspiring sketchbooks to mess-free coloring pens. Really!

Parista Really Big Coloring Poster

File under: Well-Behaved Children. “I bring these to family gatherings to keep kids of all ages entertained and working together harmoniously on a single project. These Parista coloring posters are available in a variety of themes, but in always-stylish illustrations. With the ability to roll it up and unroll again later, it’s the gift that keeps on giving!”—Cricket Lengyel

Melissa & Doug Water WOW! Animals Travel Activity

“The best no mess coloring product out there. We started using them at 12 months even though it says 3+. So simple, just fill the pen (attached to the cards) with water and go. The pages dry pretty quick so they can color over and over again. Even with an overzealous color-er, they are still doing great after 15 months.”—Melissa Cavalli

Crayola Model Magic

“Keeps my daughter entertained no matter where we are. I always keep a pack in my bag just in case.”—Colleen Collins

Kid Made Modern Arts and Crafts Supply Library

I think Kid Made Modern makes fantastic gifts for arts and crafts loving kids. I’ve given them to my own daughters starting last year at holiday time, and I’ve started to make these and other sets by this brand my go-to birthday gifts for my daughters’ arts and crafts-loving friends.”— Megan Brosterman

My Crazy Inventions Sketchbook

“Part coloring book, part creative invention inspiration tool (draw something you would see with x-ray glasses / draw a contraption that would keep a dog happy), and (pre-quarantine) this book was always great to bring to a restaurant with some pencils and crayons to keep the kiddos distracted and having fun.”—Regina Lawrence

Paint by Sticker Kids

“These are so much fun for my kids (ages 6 and 5). They’re portable and easy to use, without the many pieces and mess of coloring books & crayons.”—Lauren Manthripragada

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