Art plays a pivotal role in the development of children, nurturing their creativity and self-expression. For parents of kids aged 3-12, guiding them into the art world can be exciting and daunting. This guide aims to simplify the process, highlighting essential art supplies for kids. 

1: Starting with the Basics

Sketchbooks: A sketchbook is a young artist’s best friend, serving as a portable canvas for doodles, sketches, and burgeoning ideas. It’s where imagination takes physical form, making it a must-have in your child’s art arsenal. 

Tip for Selection: Choose sketchbooks with durable, high-quality paper that can handle various mediums like pencils, crayons, and markers. Look for spiral-bound sketchbooks as they are easier for young hands to manage and can lay flat for easy drawing.

Ink Pens: When it comes to adding fine lines and intricate details to their artwork, ink pens are unparalleled. They help refine drawing skills and encourage precision, making them an excellent tool for budding artists.

Tip for Selection: Select ink pens specifically designed for children, featuring washable, non-toxic ink and easy-to-grip barrels. Pens with pressure-resistant tips are ideal for young artists who are still developing their fine motor skills.

2: Painting Supplies for Creative Exploration

Watercolour Paints: Watercolors are a fantastic starting point for young painters. Their ease of use and beginner-friendly nature make them ideal for children exploring the world of colour and painting techniques.

Tip for Selection: Opt for watercolour sets with various colours to inspire creativity. Choose paints that are washable and non-toxic, ensuring they are safe for young children.

Acrylic Paints: Acrylics are known for their versatility and quick drying times. They suit various surfaces, allowing kids to experiment beyond paper and canvas.

Tip for Selection: When selecting acrylic paints, pick something that doesn’t smell too bad.

Paintbrushes: A good set of paintbrushes, with various sizes and shapes, is crucial. They enable different painting techniques, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of the painting process.

Tip for Selection: Invest in a set of brushes with different shapes and sizes, suitable for various painting techniques. Brushes with easy-to-grip handles are ideal for smaller hands.

Palette: A palette not only helps in mixing colours but also teaches organisation and colour theory, crucial aspects of artistic development.

Tip for Selection: Choose palettes that are sturdy, easy to clean, and have multiple wells for colour mixing. Palettes made of non-toxic, child-safe materials are preferable.

3: The Foundation of Artwork

Canvas: The primary surface for painting, canvases come in various sizes and are essential for any painting project, offering a professional feel to the young artist’s work.

Tip for Selection: For younger children, select pre-stretched canvases that are primed and ready to use. Ensure the canvas texture is smooth and suitable for children’s painting styles

Drawing Paper: The right drawing paper can significantly impact the outcome of artwork. Different textures and weights make it suitable for various mediums, from pencil to pastel.

Tip for Selection: Look for drawing paper that is thick enough to prevent bleeding and can handle various art mediums. Papers with a slight texture are excellent for crayons and coloured pencils.

4: Enhancing Creativity with Colors and Tools

Art Markers: Art markers are a fantastic choice for vibrant colouring and precise shading. They offer precision and a range of colours that can bring any drawing to life.

Tip for Selection: Choose washable, non-toxic markers with a broad tip for easy colouring. Markers that don’t dry out quickly when the cap is left off are practical for younger kids.

Easel: An easel is more than just a holder for canvases or paper; it’s a tool that gives children a proper artist’s perspective, enhancing their drawing and painting experience.

Tip for Selection: Select an adjustable and sturdy easel with a user-friendly design. It should be easy to set up and fold away for storage. Some easels come with storage trays for paints and brushes, which can be very handy.



Embarking on an artistic journey with your children can be an enriching experience. By equipping them with the right tools and materials, you’re not only nurturing their creative talents but also contributing to their overall development. Explore the Chalk N Pencils Shop for a comprehensive range of art supplies for kids. For more insights on nurturing your child’s artistic side, check out our blog on creating an art corner for your child at home and consider enrolling them in our trial classes/workshops, where we provide all the materials required.


Question: I often see water-based art supplies recommended for children. Are they always safe?

Answer: Water-based art supplies are generally safer for children as they don’t contain harmful chemical solvents. However, it’s essential to be cautious. Even water-based products can have potentially hazardous ingredients. For example, some water-based paints might contain formaldehyde as a preservative. To ensure safety, choose formaldehyde-free products. Additionally, ensure the colouring agents in paints and inks are free from toxic metals and other harmful substances.


Question: I’m an artist and have a home studio. How can I protect my children from exposure to potentially harmful art materials?

Answer: Artists working from home face unique challenges in maintaining a safe environment for their families. Keep children and family members out of the art studio to minimise risk. Choose less toxic materials, ensure proper ventilation, and use protective gear. Following good hygiene practices like washing hands and changing clothes after working in the studio is also essential.


Question: What should I look for to ensure the art materials I buy for my children are safe?

Answer: When selecting art materials for children, look for products that conform to ASTM D4236. This mark indicates that a toxicologist has evaluated the product for safety. Avoid materials with cautionary labels like “Keep Out of Reach of Children” or those containing hazard warnings. Opt for non-toxic, age-appropriate materials and always read product labels thoroughly.


Question: At what age is it appropriate for children to start painting?

Answer: The right age for a child to start painting varies. Some children are interested in painting as early as age 2, while others might take longer. It’s important to let children explore arts and crafts at their own pace and show interest naturally.


Question: How should I store art supplies for kids at home to keep them organised and safe?

Answer: Effective storage of art supplies depends on the age of your children and the space available. For younger kids, like toddlers and preschoolers, organise supplies in readily accessible and child-proof containers. As children grow, you can transition to more accessible storage solutions, like art supply closets. The key is to keep supplies organised and out of reach when not in use to prevent accidental mishaps.



Question: What should I do with my children’s artwork once they’ve finished creating it?

Answer: Displaying children’s artwork is a great way to encourage their creativity. Regularly rotate the displayed art and select a few unique pieces for long-term preservation. Consider using art storage portfolios for these cherished pieces. For the rest, you can recycle or repurpose them in creative ways.

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