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Activities for children: Select your materials

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Paper, cardboard, textures, colors, etc. Varied and attractive supplies will surely trigger an interest in artistic creation.


Activités enfants : Le papier

1. Paper


Explore with your child the large range of available fancy papers.

  • Drawing: Available in multiple formats and in a wide variety of shades, it will offer an enhanced background to his drawings and take his cutouts and collages to the height of his ambitions.
  • Metallised: enjoy its reflections to dress up Christmas subjects, masks, magic wands and other warrior weapons, made from cardboard.
  • Stained glass or tracing paper: it partially lets light through while coloring it. Ideal for creating Chinese lanterns, lampshades, candlesticks (around a glass container), etc.
  • Gum or adhesive: convenient for customized stickers, it will help the young ones decorate objects without risking stains from glue spots.
  • Artisanal: already decorated and textured, thin or more thick, it becomes letter paper, book protection or lining material with a few scissor cuts.


  • Crepe paper or tissue paper: straight out of our childhood, they have not changed a bit Use it to make paper flowers, sorcerer's wigs, skirts or fringed loincloths, garlands, etc.
  • Log: it is the basis of the famous paper mache, etc. Found in stores, it also lends itself to making photo montages.


Activités enfants : les autres matières

2. Other materials


  • Cartons of variable thickness will serve as a basis for making boxes and various objects: pencil holders, photo montage frames, photo frames, etc.
  • Corrugated cardboard makes a good material for making hats, masques, frames, etc.
  • Felt and various textiles remain the best choices for making puppets. They are also good for original decorative cutouts.
  • Colored foam: with a few strokes of the scissors, with a bit of glue and a zest of inventiveness, it becomes decorations for key chains or jewelry, coasters... and even "pizza for the dolls".


Tip: Less waste, recycle!
  • Yogurt containers (in cardboard or glass) for pencil holders, candle holders, etc.
  • Empty rolls from toilet paper or paper towels for figurines.
  • Paper plates for masks.
  • Boxes (for shoes or various others) that only need decorating.
  • Egg cartons with honeycomb compartments for saving stickers, beads, etc.
And of course numerous other cartons and containers graciously sent to you with your online orders!


3. Paint


Favor water colors and water based paints. For the very young, finger painting is very practical; it can also be applied with a brush or roller.

  • Favor the pellets over conventional tubes for children under 6 years of age, some contain enough of pigment to offer vivid color and good performance. Also practical are the large tubes of paint in a ready to use paste.
  • Wait until age 10 to guide your child toward painting activities on specific bases (cloth, metal, glass and porcelain, etc.).
  • Finnish his works with a water based varnish, also available in a sparkling version to add a decidedly festive note to his creations.









Tip: A brush for each use

The smaller the child, the larger the brush rather than shorter, and with a handle on which he will have a good grasp. The range of brushes made for schoolchildren is large enough to adapt to all their creative impulses.
  • "Petit gris ronds" for all works involving diluting the colors,
  • "Poney", more resistant, practical for decoration,
  • Flat brushes for large colored surfaces or for working with paints in paste form.


Activités enfants : les accessoires

4. Accessories


The essentials

  • A plastic table cover and a washable work surface: sheet of plexiglass, plastic table set.
  • at least a smock… or a complete budding artist outfit chosen from among his old clothes.
  • A good pair of scissors, possibly a second with notched or zigzag blades, for fancy cuts. For small children look for plastic types. And put away your cutter!
  • Pencils or classic mechanical pencils (HB) with large leads (at least 2B for cutting guides).
  • Washable markers for small children, classic for bigger children.
  • Ruler, eraser, possibly compass, square and protractor.
  • White glue in a container for small children, then in a tube, ideally without solvent, and clothes pins or bulldog clips for holding assemblies in place.


And why not...

  • Pastels: in stick form or crayon form, they let him draw in complete freedom.
  • Wax sticks, a little fragile and usable on a variety of surfaces.
  • Drawing gum: to create reserved areas, that can then be rubbed off with a finger, in his drawings and paintings.
  • A glitter gel to be applied to paper and also to objects made from clay that dries hard.

Suggested products

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See also

Activities for children: The basic concepts
Wednesdays, rainy holiday… These are good times to introduce your child to the joys of creative leisure activities.