Think back to a simpler time. Take a journey back to pre-K days. You know, when we were encouraged to plunge our hands into paint, spread it around a page and take it home to our parents. I think it’s fair to say that most of us remember arts and crafts. Whether we actually enjoyed the creative carte blanche or just appreciated the time away from ABCs, our time spent doing arts and crafts was a welcome foray into teacher-approved mess-making.
Here at School Outfitters, I’m happy to announce our support of arts and crafts fun. As of this summer, we boast art and craft supplies that promote such unbridled creativity amongst kids. With everything from crayons, markers, paint, paper and even the helpful storage options to keep classrooms organized, we hand-picked items that enhance the early learning experience.
As a team, we remembered our own childhood memories while selecting the best products for educators in the classroom. And, well, we came up with a lot of ideas. So, from seedling to sapling to Sequoia-sized, our brainstorming went big. We reached out to Crayola, Elmer’s and Pacon. We brought in aprons, gloves, brushes and easels. We aimed to equip schools with all the arts and crafts essentials for fun-filled activities.
When the process was finished, there were over 2,000 incredible new products at School Outfitters. The Clay, Dough and Modeling section might be my favorite. Beyond the classics like Crayola Dough and Model Magic, Playfoam from Educational Insights is really cool. It doesn’t make any mess, it’s non-toxic and it never dries out. Plus, Playfoam has a texture that separates itself from the rest; the lightweight, soft, no-stick formula also provides an excellent tactile exercise for children. Even for a grownup, this stuff’s hard to set down.
So, just browse Art and Craft Supplies, find your favorites, put ‘em in students’ hands and encourage exploration. Fun sensory experiences make for some of the greatest childhood memories, and our choices were made to inspire hands-on learning.
What was your best pre-K memory? What do you remember most about arts and crafts? Some of us recall the freedom of finger painting while others look back and cringe at ill-advised glue tastings, but we can all relate on how much fun it was to discover new things. Share your story.