Kindergarten crafting can be an easy, fun and inexpensive way of self-expression through the use of colour, images, shapes and textures. There are many types of crafts and techniques and the potential is truly limitless. 

The following are some ideas, techniques and supplies I enjoy using:


  • Glue (white glue, glue stick)
  • Scotch tape and packing tape
  • Scissors
  • Paper (white, coloured, printed patterned paper, old wallpaper, wrapping paper, tissue paper, brown wrapping paper or bags…all and any)
  • Crayons, coloured pencils, markers, pens, pencils, chalk
  • Paint (water colours, acrylics, spray paint, household paint)
  • Paint brushes, sponges
  • Magazines, flyers, photographs (I copy photos), old greeting cards, pictures printed from the internet
  • Used postage stamps, labels, tags
  • Postcard size notices/ads
  • Rocks, shells, flowers
  • Buttons, ribbon, yarn, scraps of fabric
  • Ink pads and stamps
  • Clay or home-made dough
  • Canvas mounted on frame
  • Card stock and envelopes (plain – ready to decorate)
  • “ModPodge” (glue/sealant for collages)*

Techniques and Ideas:

  • Create a collage by pasting pictures, words, stickers etc onto just about anything (a box, a piece of cardboard, a tin can)
  • Decorate the cover of a notebook or your journal (I glue pictures etc on the inside and outside of the cover and then cover it with clear packing tape to keep it all in place)
  • Add color to the pages of your journal by gluing pictures, painting or colouring
  • Paint rocks for your garden, window sill or to use as paperweights
  • Create greeting cards
  • Make your own gift wrap and tags
  • Mail Art – make a postcard, decorate an envelope, write a letter and mail someone some art.  Everyone loves getting “real” mail
  • Use any combination of colors and textures and mediums (paint, crayons, paper, fabric, sand etc)
  • Experiment and have fun

Note:  Most of my supplies were either purchased at a discount/dollar store, a thrift shop or found around the house (recycle!). The only exception was the ModPodge for my collages. A large jar (lasts a long time) can be purchased for under $10 in the craft section of most department stores.  

About Debi Noye

Debi is a writer, a mental health consumer, and a suicide attempt survivor. As part of her recovery, she has found freedom in embracing her creative side (painting and creating mail art as well as writing), which allows her to be open and honest about living with a mental illness. Debi is passionate about playing an active role in the mental health community, not only as a consumer but also as a friend, resource, and advocate for other consumers. She lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.