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Here are a lot of the things we use around our house for crafting and creating. I’m only including links to resources I love and that have worked well for us. This page is a work in progress. I’ll continue to update it with things we find useful.
This Brother Laser Printer with Wireless
has been one of the best investments we made. It prints fast and with great quality, the toner lasts a long time, even when my husband has to print off hundreds of pages of assignments for his students. Plus, it’s wireless. There’s even supposed to be a way to print from my Kindle, but I haven’t got that working yet. Some reviewers said they’ve had a difficult time printing on cardstock, but I’ve been able to do that just fine.
One of the things I dislike about a lot of free printables offered online is how much colored ink they take up to print! When you’re flying through colored cartridges, “free” printables aren’t looking so free. I had the added problem with our other colored printer that even when I print in black and white, it uses up a small amount of colored ink. Since we’ve bought this printer, I love how much easier it is to print off activities or things with my boys at such a low cost, since the toner lasts forever.
I bought this big pack of Elmer’s Glue Sticks. I don’t have to get frustrated if a cap gets left off accidentally or one gets lost because we have a whole pack.
I use this cardstock from Amazon. It looks fantastic and I can print on it just fine with my printer.
I buy the huge pack of construction paper from Costco. I keep it all organized in a plastic hanging file box like this one.
I use these Westcott Titanium scissors. I don’t have this exact pack, but I do have several different sizes. I’ve had them about 5 years, and they are incredible.
We use Westcott Soft Handle Kids Scissors. They are really nice quality kids scissors. Much like the glue sticks, I didn’t want to worry about losing scissors or not being able to find them when we need them, so I bought the 12 pack. It’s more than enough for my kiddos and it works out much cheaper per scissor than buying the individual scissor packs. Each of them can have their own color, so there’s less fighting over whose is whose. And I didn’t realize it until I was typing up this page, but they are Westcott scissors just like mine.
Other craft supplies:
I pick up a lot of my other craft supplies from the Dollar Store, Joanns, or at a local shop around here.
Books We Love
Ed Emberely’s Drawing Books
I love these books because it gives my kids and I something fun to do together. The simple drawings are easy enough for my oldest to follow along step by step. Even if you can only draw stick figures, these books are perfect for you! It’s all simple shapes and doodles. We own these two (but have checked others out of the library):
There are so many books we love to read to the kids – probably too many to list here! I’ll often post about the books we read and ones we’ve enjoyed from the library.