Renaissance Mama’s Recommended List of Homeschooling Supplies

For making your own materials and supplies:

  • Beeswax (for making crayons and modeling slabs)
  • various oils (olive, linseed)
  • plant-based pigments (for beeswax and paints)
  • India tree pigments (for finger paints and salt dough)
    • Note, these pigments are not colour fast, so they’re best used for projects that aren’t going to be kept for a long time
  • watercolours
  • brushes
  • cornstarch
  • flour
  • salt
  • soap (grated – I like Fels Naptha, or Ivory Snow powder)
  • natural dyes (homemade or purchased for dying playsilks and wood blocks)
  • gesso and paints (especially milk paint which is non-toxic and can be mixed with natural pigments to make any colour)
  • paper pads and decks (tracing, kite, construction, sketch, watercolour, scrapbook)
  • a good printer/scanner/copier
  • clays (air-dry, paper clay, and traditional sculpting clay)
  • paper cutter (I like the Xacto one with the razor slider – much safer than the guillotine style)
  • LARGE paper punches (Expressions makes some great ones in a variety of shapes)
  • small paper punches, especially a micropunch
  • scissors (safety scissors for the wee ones, and a variety of scissors, shears, and pinkers for me)
  • wood pieces of all shapes and sizes
  • Dremel tool
  • wood gouges and knives
  • wool roving and batting
  • plant-dyed wool felts
  • fabrics, including cotton knits
  • threads in a wide variety of colours, but especially black, white, cream, and flesh tones
  • embroidery floss
  • sewing needles from small sharps to long doll needles
  • natural fibre yarns and strings
  • needles, hooks and bodkins
  • wire (various sizes)
  • beads of all shapes, sizes, and materials
  • jeweler’s pliers (round-nosed) in a couple of different sizes, crimpers are also handy

It is also helpful to have a collection of woodworking tools, or a relative or friend who will let you borrow… or possibly make things for you.  Wooden blocks and bricks – both squared-off, and randomly cut.  A lathe is also very useful for making cylinders, spindles, bowls, and plates.

Reed is handy for basketry.  And basketry is at once a useful skill and a pleasant activity for anyone who is able to lace a shoe.

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