One of the art supplies that we recommend often is liquid watercolor. The color is brilliant and a little goes a long way! We use it for many projects in A Year of Playing Skillfully.
We also use it for color mixing, and for coloring shaving cream for use on our outdoor easel or in the bathtub.
(Note: The plans for this lovely keep-the-mess-outside beauty are in our book The Homegrown Preschooler which you can purchase in our our store)
I love liquid watercolor because despite its vivid color, it is is easily washable with soap and water. Little Miss Rosie got a little crazy with it when we were doing an art study. I was sure the outfit was ruined, and was plotting to let her drip watercolor over the whole thing so she could channel some of her mama’s inner hippie girl. I changed her clothes and stuck the outfit in a plastic bag for the ride home, but forgot about it for about a week. I was shocked when I threw it in the wash, with no pre-treatment whatsoever, and it came out good as new.
Our favorite liquid watercolor is from Discount School Supply. It is worth the cost because a little goes a long way. A set purchased in the beginning of the year should last you all the way through.
As I contemplate the massive task of cleaning out and re-organizing our schoolroom, I just know I’m going to come across lots of dried up markers. I’m going to try to make my own liquid watercolor by standing the old markers in mason jars of water. I’ve seen lots of blog posts on this, so I’m assuming it works. If it doesn’t, the little ones will have some colored water to mix and pour and I’ll have a little less clutter!