As I was teaching a group of 5th graders the other day, some of the girls started singing their own version of “All I Want For Christmas” except they changed the words from “two front teeth” to ART SUPPLIES!
“All I want for Christmas is some art supplies,
art supplies, art supplies,
all I want for Christmas is some art supplies…”
Well, you get the general idea. All of the kids then started asking where they could get some of the tools and materials that we use in class. As our conversation went on, I explained to them that perhaps this year instead of asking for expensive hand-held video games, they maybe should consider art supplies for Christmas. To my delight, they loved the idea. The asked me to share with you a few gift ideas and where you could purchase them.
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Here are a few of the things we have been using in classes that have been popular hits with the kids:
*oil pastels (these are kind of a combination between oil paints and a piece of chalk)
*watercolors (these can be found in most school supply areas of most department stores)
*drawing paper, pencils, charcoals,
*drawing books with simple step by step pictures
*weaving supplies – Looms can vary in price, depending on what kind you get. Different grade levels are learning different types of weaving so if you need some advice with this, please contact me.
I hope this has been helpful. Please share some of these ideas with grandparents too.