In the Waldorf, Montessori, and Reggio Emilia approach, only the best art supplies for kids are used. High-quality art materials are said to educate the senses and condition the young child’s mind for higher learning. It’s not the quantity, but the quality of the materials that matter.
Your child does not need to be a Waldorf or Montessori student to have a high-quality art education. These art supplies are for every home that wants the best art education for their child, whether you homeschool or not.
Why Young Artists Should Use High-Quality Art Materials
As mentioned above high-quality art materials educate the senses and conditions the mind for higher learning.
Giving your child the best art supplies sends children several positive messages. It tells the young artist that their artwork is worth it. They are good enough for the best. This helps motivate a child to create art.
Teach children with your words, and your example how to properly care for art supplies. When we use quality art materials and treat them with reverence, our children will as well.
When using high-quality art materials children will learn to work slower and have a bit more care for the supplies they use and the art that they create.
This opens the space for a child to develop reverence. As a result, children will learn to enjoy art and learn that it is more about the process of creating than the final product.
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Why are These Art Materials The Best Art Supplies for Kids?
The colors used in Waldorf art supplies are selected based on Goethe’s “Theory of Colors.” Each color is based on the natural gradations found in Goethe’s twelve-part color wheel. It is believed that these natural tones stimulate the senses and encourage creativity.
Rudolf Steiner believed that children need these top-notch supplies to fully develop their creativity, color awareness, and appreciation for process art. Some of these supplies come with higher price tags than lesser quality ingredients, but they will last much longer.
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The Best Art Materials for Children
The good news is you don’t need to purchase the whole art store. Less is more… Less allows your child’s creativity to bloom and your wallet to sigh with relief. Just a few high-quality supplies are all you will ever need.
Below you will find the best basic art supplies used and recommended by Waldorf schools around the world. They make great gift ideas and wonderful stocking stuffers for children of all ages.
The Best Crayons for Kids
Once you use a real beeswax crayon you will never turn back. The smooth consistency and vibrant colors will make ordinary crayons pale in comparison.
Beeswax crayons allow your child to create effects that are not possible with regular crayons. The transparency of the colors will give your child the ability to create a wide range of intermediary tones when layered.
They are also safe for the environment, and harmless to your child’s health if you constantly find your child sucking and biting on crayons like I do.
It’s not easy being a mom, is it? Knowing that the crayon that my daughter has in her hand is safe for consumption helps me sleep a bit better at night.
Stockmar Beeswax Block Crayons – 8 Standard Colours in a TinStockmar Beeswax Crayons, Set of 12 Blocks in CartonStockmar Beeswax 16 Block Crayons in Wooden Storage CaseStockmar Combined Assortment 8 Crayons + 8 BlocksStockmar Beeswax Stick Crayons in Storage Tin, Set of 8 Colors, Waldorf AssortmentStockmar Beeswax Stick Crayons, Set of 16Stockmar Beeswax 24 Stick Crayons in Wooden Storage CaseLyra Stockmar Crayon Sharpener, Wood w/Cardboard Barrel
The Best Colored Pencils for Children
The color assortment contained in THIS selection was developed by Lyra in cooperation with the renowned Waldorf School.
Each set includes an exclusive selection of unlacquered Super Ferby Pencils, which feature a large triangular shape and a comfortable grip which is perfect for beginners and left-handed people.
The pencils have a closed end (so the core is not exposed) with natural, unlacquered wood for young children who like to chew and put pencils in their mouths like mine.
P.S. If you have a child that likes to chew on everything and drives you as nuts as mine drives me, try a chewing necklace. A strange product… but a true gift for my sanity and my daughter’s well-being.
LYRA Waldorf Selection Unlacquered Triangular Giant Colored Pencils, Set of 12 Super Ferby (3711121)LYRA Osiris Water-Soluble Colored Pencils, 3mm Cores, Set of 36, Assorted Colors (2531360)Dixon Ticonderoga Company Lyra Color Giants Skin Tone Colored Pencils (DIX3931124)LYRA Ferby 4 rainbow multi-colored pencils, triangular grip natural wood unlacquered colored pencils – 3 pencil
The Best Art Supplies for Kids: Modeling Beeswax
Modeling beeswax is an ideal material for young developing hands. Each sheet can be cut, kneaded, and used to make little sculptures.
Working with modeling beeswax is a great way to develop the fine motor muscles in the hand to prepare for writing and more detailed handwork like sewing.
The best part about these beeswax modeling sheets is that they can be reused again and again! Beeswax softens with warm hands or water and will stiffen again when not in use.
Modeling with natural beeswax stimulates the desire to invent and leads to higher learning. Waldorf educators consider it an indispensable teaching aid for encouraging the development of creativity and awakening the artistic imagination of children.
Stockmar Decorative Modelling Beeswax – 6 Colors – 100×40 mmStockmar Set of Modelling Beeswax – 7 Sheets 100×40 mm +Stockmar Modeling Beeswax – 12 Assorted SheetsStockmar Natural Modeling Beeswax – Set of 15 Colors in BoxStockmar Modeling Beeswax – 3 Pieces NaturalStockmar Modeling Beeswax – Natural 15 PackStockmar Modeling Beeswax – 3 Assorted Pieces Red Yellow BlueStockmar Decorating Natural Bees Wax Sheets 18 Assorted Colors
The Best Watercolors for Kids
In the Waldorf tradition, children learn to paint with only the primary colors because all colors can be created using them.
Painting with only the primary colors allows children to experience and understand color on a deeper level. This is another reason why only the best art supplies are used in Waldorf education.
If you would like to learn how to teach your child the wet-on-wet watercolor technique used in Waldorf Schools click on the link.
- Stockmar watercolor paint – 3 color set or 6 color set
- Cold press watercolor paper pad
- 1-inch flat watercolor brush
- Watercolor paint board
- Recycled baby food jars or reused baby food jars, and 8 oz canning jars to hold paints and water
Alternatively, you can purchase a complete watercolor paint set for one child. This awesome starter set includes a 3 color watercolor paint set, 1-inch flat wash watercolor brush, paper, paint board, sponge, and glass jars with a holder.
Stockmar Circle Color Watercolor Paint: Blue, 20ml by StockmarStockmar Premium Quality Watercolor Paints, Set of 6Stockmar Complete Watercolor Paint SetStrathmore 300 Series Watercolor Pad, 11Connoisseur Gold Taklon Mix Brush, 1-Inch FlatGolden Taklon Wash Brush Set Sizes 1/2Pro Art Hardboard Panel, 16Creative Hobbies Synthetic and Natural Silk Sponges for Painting, Crafts, Ceramics, Pottery and More, Value Pack of 7 SpongesWaldorf Watercolor Painting Starter Set: Assorted Stockmar 20 ML Watercolor Paint (Lemon Yellow, Carmine Red, Ultramarine Blue), Paint Brush, and 3 Jar Wooden Paint Holder SetCamden Rose Waldorf Watercolor Painting Set – Complete 4 Jar Set for One ChildWatercolor Paint Jar Set with 6 Paint Jars (2 oz)Golden Spoon Mason Jars, With Regular Lids, Dishwasher Safe, BPA Free, (Set of 6) (8 oz)Painting and Drawing in Waldorf Schools: Classes 1 to 8PAINTING IN WALDORF EDUCATION
For more information about using watercolors and sharing how to use them with children check out wet-on-wet watercolor painting for kids.
You don’t need to be a student of Waldorf education to want the very best art education for your child. The high-quality Waldorf art supplies listed above will provide years of use for your child.
A Few More of Our Favorite Most Used Art Supplies for Kids
Okay, okay, I admit it. My family is made up of a slew of art and craft junkies, so we have a lot more art supplies than we have listed above.
I have updated this post at the request of some of my regular readers to included a few more of our favorite most used art materials in our home and on this website.
The suggestions below are for the art enthusiasts out there that like to have a few more options on hand, but you only need the supplies listed above to have a complete high-quality art set for your young budding artist.
Remember… less is more and quality matters more than quantity.
Not everything we use for crafts and STEAM projects can be found below. There was not enough room to list every material including the kitchen sink–ours could be considered action process art on most days-lol!
Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers, Broad Line, 40-CountCrayola Super Tips Washable Markers, 100 Count, Bulk, Great for KidsSharpie Electro Pop Permanent Markers, Ultra Fine Point, Assorted Colors, 24 CountChalk Markers for Chalkboard by VersaChalk (Reversible Tip, Neon) – Erasable Dustless Water-Based Non-Toxic Liquid Wet Erase PensOhuhu Metallic Marker Pens, Set of 10 For Birthday Greeting Gift Thank You Card, DIY Photo Album, Rock Art Painting, Brush TipSakura XEP25 25-Piece Cray-Pas Junior Artist Assorted Color Oil Pastel SetMungyo Non Toxic Square Chalk, Soft Pastel, 64 Pack, Assorted Colors (B441R078-7003A)Rienar White 3ML Disposable Plastic Eye Dropper Set Transfer Graduated Pipettes (20 PCS)Sargent Art 22-6210 10-Count 4-Ounce Watercolor MagicProfessional Paint Brush Set of 36 – Bonus FREE Painting Knife & Watercolor Sponge – Bristles and Wooden Handles – For Face, Body Paint, Acrylics, Oils – Best Gift for ArtistsArtists Loft Fundamentals Watercolor Pan Set, 36 ColorsOhuhu Water Coloring Brush Pens, Set of 6 Brush Tips for Watercolor Painting, Water Soluble Pencils, Brush Pens, Markers, Solid Colors or Powdered PigmentCompact Watercolor Paint Travel Set of 12 – With 12 Brilliant Half Pan Watercolors, 1 Portable Tin, 1 Free Refillable Water Brush – Fits in Pocket, On The Go, Ideal For Beginners and StudentsUS Art Supply 21-Piece Acrylic Painting Table Easel Set with, 12-Tubes Acrylic Painting Colors, 11Acrylic paint 24 set by Crafts 4 All Perfect for canvas,wood,ceramic,fabric & crafts.Non toxic & Vibrant colors.Rich Pigments With Lasting Quality-Great For Beginners,Students & Professional ArtistAcademy Art Supply Value Pack of 12 8X10 Blank Canvas Panel BoardsUS Art Supply 10 Piece Large Round Chubby Hog Bristle Children’s Tempera and Artist Paint Brushes3 Pack Glitter It! Pearl It! Texture It! Tempera Mixing Mediums, 3 per Set by Crayola. (Catalog Category: Paper, Pens & Desk Supplies / Art & Drafting)School Smart 1439213 Non-Toxic Washable Tempera Paint Set, 1-Pint Plastic Bottle, Assorted Color (Pack of 12)Hape All-in-One Wooden Kid’s Art Easel with Paper Roll and AccessoriesMelissa & Doug Wooden Tabletop Paper Roll Dispenser With White Bond Paper (12 inches x 75 feet)School Smart Vinyl Easy-to-Clean Art Smock, Multiple Colors, 22Canson Artist Series Universal Sketch Pad, 9Powstro Sketching Pencil Set,18pcs Pen Charcoal Sketch Set Roll Up Canvas Carry Pouch of Pencils Eraser Craft Knife Pencil Extender 29pcs Total for Beginners ArtistPacon Art1st Mixed Media Art Paper, White, 9Pacon 6555 Rainbow Super Value Construction Paper Ream, 45 lb, 9 x 12, Assorted, 500 SheetsNeenah Exact Index, 110 lb, 8.5 x 11 Inches, 250 Sheets, White, 94 BrightElmer’s Washable No-Run School Glue, 4 oz, 2 Bottles (E304)
Allowing our children to use the best art supplies will educate the senses, help the child feel worthy, and condition the young child’s mind for higher learning.
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