In one of our earlier blog posts about the 10 essential must have art supplies for Toddlers, we thought we could follow-up with where to find these art supplies. To read more on the 10 must haves art supplies for toddlers, click here.
We have our favorite places for getting art supplies in Singapore. Some places have the brands that you are comfortable with and some places sell in small quantities. The three of us enjoy shopping for art supplies to create our kits or letting our children explore them and create art pieces with them. Where’s your favorite place to get art and craft supplies for kids?
Please note that these are our personal preference and we do not get any financial incentive from these businesses.
One of our favorite places is Daiso. It’s a thrift store here and they have several outlets spread across the island. Every item is S$2 and it has everything one needs from household wares to beauty, gardening, pets and tools. There’s always something interesting at the store to bring home. The items are packed in small quantities so if you want to try out some items with your child, it’s a great place to get your supplies. One thing to note is that the items might not be evergreen as it comes in a big batch and when it’s sold out, you might have to wait or find a substitute. Here’s a list of items you could most probably find at Daiso.
– Googly eyes
– Glue, scotch tape, washi tape
– Scissors (find one that has a rounded tip and small for little hands)
– Crayon, paint, brushes, markers, color pencils
– Small sized paper of different colors, prints, texture
Another favorite place, but pricier is Spotlight. If you are headed to town, Spotlight is located at Plaza Singapura, Level 5. You can find brands like crayola, or bigger bags of pom poms and beads. Sign up to be a member and you do get discounts/vouchers and VIP prices. Membership is free.
For paper supplies, we usually head to Ikea or Popular to get them. A roll of drawing paper that is 30 m can last your child for a while and it costs $9.90. Here’s the list of items at Ikea site:
– Construction Paper and Paper rolls
– Markers, Chalk, Paint, Crayons, Paints, Color pencils
At Ikea, you could also find the kids table and chairs as well as a simple drawer or box to keep their art supplies.
At Popular Bookstore, you could get more varieties of art supplies. Different brands of color pencils, paints and crayons. You could also find kids sized scissors and foam sheets and shaped craft sponges for stamping activities.
If you can wait and don’t mind doing internet shopping, there is Amazon. The great thing about Amazon is that it ships free to Singapore (please note the terms and conditions for free shipping). I usually collate the items that I need into the cart and when that minimum spend is met, I check out. The delivery can take between 2-3 weeks if it is available and during off peak season. I do think they have great discounts during the holiday season like Black Fridays and it might be good to do your Christmas shopping and art supplies all at once.
I occasionally head to ArtFriend to get other supplies but I think that for a start, Daiso and Ikea is a great place to get your art supplies.
Besides buying art supplies, you could also make them or recycle items. Follow us on our blog to read more of these in the near future.
Do share with us your favorite places to get art and craft supplies for kids and share with us your kids creations over facebook.