Looking to bring some more color, creativity, and FUN to your lessons, but can’t afford a closet full of new supplies? We get it. What teacher doesn’t? That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite classroom art supplies, all for under $10.
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1. Sargent Art Premium Colored Pencils
Artist-quality pencils at a teacher-friendly price. 50 for $6.24.
2. Crayola Power Lines Project Markers
These markers allow you to make thick or thin lines—just like a permanent marker—but are totally washable. 10 for $6.15.
3. Elmer’s CraftBond Glue Spots
Some teachers swear by these tiny glue dots over traditional bottles and sticks, saying that the dots are easier to manipulate and create less waste. 200 for $4.55.
4. Fiskar’s Lace 3-in-1 Corner Punch
Give kids’ artwork some additional flair by using this punch to create decorative corners. $8.39.
5. Glitter Washi Tape
We love washi tape for all kinds of classroom projects, and this glitter version is great to add some extra sparkle without the mess. 6 rolls for $6.95.
6. Educational Insights Playfoam
Great for creative exploration and building, as well as making models in math class and more. Doesn’t dry out like play dough. $8.47 for 8.
7. Neon Letter Beads
Make bracelets and necklaces and practice spelling at the same time. Win win! 600 for $7.99.
8. Picture Frame Pad
Every page of this drawing pad already has an ornate “frame” for your students’ masterpieces. Fun for creative writing, too! $4.99.
9. Rainbow Mini Scratch Art Notes
Fun for doodling but also for writing poetry or short answers. $7.99.
10. Liquid Watercolors
Devotees say liquid watercolors are much better than the traditional cake version—they last longer, are easy to use and are a great substitute for food coloring. 6 for $8.99.
11. Color Wheel
Use this color wheel to teach students about mixing colors—a concept that ties back to science, too! $6.59.
12. Assorted Wooden Beads
Perfect for practicing fine motor skills, and can do double duty as math manipulatives. 460 for $9.94.
13. Liquid Chalk Markers
So fun for writing not only on chalkboard surfaces, but windows, whiteboards, and more. 8 for $9.96.
14. Sargent Pink Erasers
Simply the best. Long-lasting and erase well. 36 for $7.22.
15. Magnetic Mini Tile Art
This easy-to-use kit includes everything you need for kids to make 10 tile magnets—perfect for Mother’s or Father’s Day gifts, sharing favorite quotes, and more. $8.65.
16. Recycled Paper Beads Kit
What if students could turn all the annoying paper scraps into your classroom into something beautiful? They can with this easy kit. $9.69.
17. Rainbow Crayons
Fun for doodling and sign-making! 6 for $9.99.
18. Germ-Fighting Scissors
When you’ve got 30 kids and a teacher using the same craft supplies, it’s nice to have a little germ-fighting support. These scissors are anti-microbial and start at $6.88.
19. Self-Hardening Clay
No teacher has time for baking clay projects in the oven. This all-natural self-hardening version is a great alternative. 2.2 pounds for $7.96.
20. Art Aprons
You can’t beat the price on these colorful aprons—$8.99 for a dozen—and parents will thank you for protecting kid clothes.
21. Dry Erase Crayons
I honestly had no idea that these were a thing, but now that I do I can think of about a billion ways to use them. 8 for $4.91.