Activities, motherhood

What’s in my Cupboard?- Play Supplies

Most of the people wanted to know what we usually stock at home to do an activity. I tell you I am not an early education educator but with the stuffs I see online felt these are the stuffs needed at home and made a list for me as well as my audience. I recommend for those of you starting out doing activities with your kids.

But there’s only a few craft supplies that I buy for the kids over and over again, that I make sure I have on hand in my craft cupboard.

Kids Crafts Supplies to be bought again and again:

One time purchases, or rarely have to restock (these last a long time!):

  • Ribbon, yarn and other strings.
  • A good pair of kid’s scissors. I think for any age kid, we started cutting activity around 2 years not so sure on the time. But cutting is a necessary one.
  • Paintbrushes
  • Clear contact paper.In the last 2 years its been a single time purchased product and I lobe doing beginner crafts as I am not a crafty person. Mainly for the window arts.

I make sure to restock these craft supplies all the time:

  • Painter’s tape and lots of it. I use it a lot. To keep the kids move from place to another this is perfect I would say.
  • Aluminium foil
  • School glue
  • Crayola washable paint: It’s a must in my home as whenever she is bored this comes in handy.
  • Construction paper
  • Food coloring
  • Squirt/Spray bottles: She enjoys to the core if its a spray bottle activity. Good for fine motor skill too right so I enjoy doing this.
  • Sidewalk chalk or chalk for the chalkboard.
  • Markers or crayons: Again, we love Crayola, they wash out of anything!
  • Dot-Markers

These are my most recommended supplies to have at home as these are stuffs I play with to keep her busy.

I also use the stuffs available at home which might be from the Kitchen, from the living room, bedroom etc., Toys around the house too comes into picture.

Quick tip! Don’t go by this list of toys to do activities with your kids. Your kids will be interested in few toys and play around those to bring in the interest for the kid to enjoy.

Do we use our Toys for the Playtime?

  • Wooden blocks, we use them a lot, as well as this set with smaller, colored blocks.
  • Store-bought or homemade play dough
  • flights, cars, trains
  • A chalkboard.

So what are the stuffs at home we use for?

  • Q-Tips (cotton swabs): I use them as paintbrushes as of now.
  • Cotton balls
  • Permanent markers (Sharpies): I tend to use these a lot myself as I get activities ready.
  • Rice, Oatmeal, Salt, Flour: All come in handy for sensory activities or making our own paint.
  • Ziplog bags
  • Lots of measuring cups and spoons. These are always handy for sensory tubs.
  • Of course, we did through our recycling bin to upcycle whatever we can!

Then there are the craft supplies that are in my cupboard, but don’t get used all the time for our activities:

They do get used in some activities, so if you’re in a position to diversify and have the room to store these supplies, choose a few of these that suit what you’re looking to do with your kids!

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Craft sticks
  • Pom poms
  • Gluestick
  • Googly eyes
  • Hot glue gun
  • Clothespins
  • Rubber bands
  • Straws
  • Coffee filters
  • Sponges
  • Stickers
  • Tissue paper

An old bedspread to avoid the mess with the messy play.


This is a perfect list you can find at our home. Share with us what’s the extra available at your home? and what’s not available at your home?


I’m Salma Mehajabeen Shajahan aka alizehmysoul. I’m a parent of a 3 year Old, a mommy blogger, author, designer, and busy mom like you. Welcome to a place which supports mommies in their spiritual, motherhood, and parenting tips. Join me for amazing free printables only for AMS members. 2019 is the year of exciting new digital products being launched on AMS. Join the mommyhood and never miss an update or freebie. Connect with me anytime at I’d LOVE to hear from YOU!

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