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I love my followers on Instagram!
Not only are they a positive bunch of people they also have such great ideas for blog posts! A follower recently asked me where I got all my supplies and then she said what she really needed was a “How to Start” post that outlined her activities shopping list!
And I was like YES that is such a helpful idea! One place you can go to to find everything you need to get started doing all the fun ideas you see on Instagram and Pinterest. One post that will help you entertain your child for years from baby to toddler to preschooler and beyond!
Well wait no further the post has arrived. So without further ado let’s get you going!
Scroll down to the end to see the Full Shopping List
The Best Supplies are “Free”
I have some good news! The best supplies that you will need to start doing activities with your kids are FREE! That’s right you probably have a ton of them in your recycling box right now! Quick go check before your partner takes out the trash!!!
Check out this post for all the things you should save Top 9 Recyclable Items to Collect for Crafts and Activities.
Have you heard of Sensory Bin activities and how sensory activities are so important to the brain development of babies? Well, there is no such thing as a Sensory Bin. All it is a plastic storage container without a lid. You can get yours at Walmart or Target or Amazon.
I use a 41 Quart sensory bin. And the good thing about this size storage bin is that it can double as a storage bin (ya I know, crazy?!). After you are done doing activities, store all your other supplies in there!
So definitely get a Large Storage/Sensory Bin, 41 Quart.
Check out these great Sensory Bin round-ups!
Pom Poms are the next thing you need. Wait to use them till your little one has stopped mouthing things. My twins are 12 months and I’m still waiting to use pom poms with them!
Check out 50+ Pom Pom Crafts & Activities for a great list of crafts and activities you can do with Pom Poms:
I first was introduced to Dot Stickers by the amazing Susie from Busy Toddler she has soo many fabulous dot sticker activities so definitely go check out her blog. But I promise you dot stickers will become your best friend.
And they aren’t just for toddlers and preschoolers. My 4.5 year old still loves doing activities using Dot Stickers.
Check out this fun Dot Stickers activities:
This supply item is for you!!
Oh Sharpies! How I love you so!! These are my best friend when trying to create simple and fun learning activities. Sure you could use your child’s markers but life is short so spoil yourself!!
Here is another favorite material of mine that I use on a regular basis. Con-Tact Paper or contact paper is great for creative quick and easy activities for babies all the way up to kindergartners.
Check out these great ways to use contact paper!
These Magnetic Wands are just the best! Think back to when you were a kids and how fun it was to play with magnets. Magnetic Wands can be used for so many fun activities or just exploring and experimenting around the house.
Check out these fun activities using
Having a White Paper Roll is essential to doing activities with your little one and is a great resources to have for just about any activity. I always make sure that I have a roll of white paper handy. In fact our craft table is always covered in white paper with crayons and markers close by so that my kids can create, draw or paint whenever they want!
IKEA Colourful Bowls are super handy to have when doing painting activities or any activity that requires lots of different parts. They also are great for colour sorting activities. They are easy to clean, bright and colourful and make any activity more appealing to your little one.
Other Things You Probably Don’t Need but Are Nice to Have
- Washable Glitter Glue
- Washi Tape
- Melissa & Doug Deluxe Watercolor Paint Set
- Kid scissors (Check out this post for more details The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Scissor Skills)
- Paint Sticks
- Dot Markers
Other Things You’ll Need that You Already Have
- School glue
- Masking tape
- Eye Dropper
- Measuring Cups
- Kitchen utensils
- Tupperware containers
Your Full Shopping List
(This list contains affiliate links for your convenience. If you make a purchase using one of these links, I may earn a commission. Please visit my disclosure policy for more information.)
- Large Storage/Sensory Bin, 41 Quart
- Pom Poms
- Dot Stickers
- Sharpie Permanent Markers, Assorted Colors, 24-Count
- Con-Tact Paper
- Magnetic Wands
- White Paper Roll
- IKEA Colourful Bowls
- Washable Kids Paint
- Melissa & Doug Jumbo Paint Brushes