Here’s a category that I would suggest you spread a feast for them just as with the books. You don’t need to buy any special drawing tools, projectors, or robots. Just a stack of paper and a few good pencils come a long way.
The problem with offering too many toys is that it takes away from letting the child think for himself. It’s not a bad thing for a child to feel “bored” now and then. Usually, those moments are the ones in which they come up with the most creative ideas. Arts and crafts are a great way to express themselves and be creative.
Complete your art supplies by adding good-quality pencils. I highly recommend Lyra pencils, since they are the only ones I’ve found that are soft and actually give off color on the paper. Cheaper pencils often have a hard and sharp tip, which can be frustrating for the child since they won’t so much color on the paper. Especially if he wants to color larger areas.
Paper is a must of course, widely available and affordable. Also, make sure to add some more cardstock like constructiosn paper for craft projects and making cards to send to friends and family.
Glue is another must-have. Use a good quality glue, one that’s water soluble (washable!) and dries quickly. I like to have one solid type of glue and one liquid glue for different projects. Although this may sound straightforward, make sure the glue glues well. It’s very frustrating for a child if he tries to make something and it keeps coming off.
Stickers are always a hit over here. I like to pick stickers that have true-to-life pictures. Especially for your children, it’s a good idea since so much of the child’s developmental basis is laid in these early years. You’ll want to show them the true, beautiful and real version of how things look.
For all the other small parts, I’d like to suggest you collect natural things with the child over time. Next time you get out of doors collect acorns, leaves, pine cones, feathers, sticks, etc. Because the child collected them himself he’ll be more likely to use them because he already has a “bond” and fun memory when you collected them. It’s a great way to collect useful craft material.