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..............Art Supplies
From Superkids by Jean Marzollo - Illustrations by Irene Trivas

Many of the activities on these pages may require adult supervision.
Be sure to tell a grown-up about what you're planning and ask for permission before getting started.

Find them in art-supply stores, stationery stores, discount stores,
hobby shops, or around the house.


For drawing and coloring

Pencils, pens, colored pencils, markers, white chalk, charcoal pencils, crayons, erasers.

pencil illustration

For painting

Poster or tempera paint, wet and powdered, water colors, acrylic paints, spray paint, orange-juice cans, baby-food jars, brushes, sponges.

paint brush illustration


Construction paper, newsprint pads, tracing paper (vellum), oaktag, watercolor paper, fingerpaint paper, brown paper, sheets and rolls, shirt cardboards.

paper illustraion


Scotch tape, masking tape, white glue (such as Elmer's or Sobo), rubber cement (toxic; use only in a well-ventilated area), paste.

adhesives illustration

For printing

Printing ink (water-base), linoleum blocks, Styrofoam, brayers, stamp pads.

art supplies illustration

For collage

Old magazines, old greeting cards, junk mail, ribbons, strings, doilies, gold and silver stars, clear Con-Tact paper, straws, feathers, sand, Popsicle sticks, fabric scraps, leather scraps, yarn, beads, spools.

collage illustration


For construction

Scraps of soft lumber (pine is best), woodworking tools (see Woodworking), cork, cardboard rolls (from rolls of toilet paper and paper towels), toothpicks, wire (telephone wire, plastic-coasted wire, florist's wire, thin wire that comes in spools), bottle caps, jar lids, corrugated cardboard (tri-wall), pipe cleaners, vise or C-clamps (to hold things while you work on them).

construction illustration

Desk supplies

Ruler, scissors, paper, stapler, rubber bands, hole puncher, thumbtacks, brass paper fasteners, paperclips.

desk supplies illustration




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Based on the book SUPERKIDS: Creative Learning Activities for Children 5-15
Text © Jean Marzollo, Illustrations © Irene Trivas

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