A sharpened pencil with a good eraser is a must-have for most activities. Try to keep small golf pencils on hand for younger children, as they are easier to grasp.
Index cards can be used for many different things, from making flipbooks to making flash cards. Be sure to buy them in white, lined, and multicolored.
Permanent markers are useful for making your projects last longer and in labeling all types of materials, while a package of multicolored felt-tip markers can help in personalizing and decorating your child’s work.
Have a pair of adult scissors on hand to cut through cardboard and other sturdier-than-normal materials, but also keep a few pairs of inexpensive safety scissors around for your beginning learner.
Card stock, poster board, construction paper, or watercolor paper are more durable for making posters, game boards, and other learning materials.
Paper clips and brass fasteners
These everyday office supplies can be used in a number of noneveryday ways to help teach everything from literacy to electricity.
You can use white school glue for most activities, but other options, like hot glue or craft glue, will sometimes work just as well or better. Choose what is safest for your child.
String is a very versatile material, although twine, yarn, embroidery floss, and craft thread can all be used interchangeably in these learning activities.
Duct tape not only fixes everything, but it can also help to create and hold together many things, too. Please note: If you wish to be able to remove tape from an object or project, cello tape or masking tape are better choices.
Plastic cups and sandwich bags
Keep zip-top sandwich bags on hand, not only as materials for activities, but also to store finished projects. Plastic cups or other small containers come in handy for science experiments and math activities.