Must Have Multi-Sensory School Supplies

I promise this is not your typical school supply list. But these are things that are on my school supply list for preschool and 1st grade this year! (And the older kids will appreciate them too!) They are definite must-haves for me! This supply list will get your multi-sensory learning experience fully prepped and ready to go!

multi-sensory school supply list

Before I share the list, let me just get this off my chest.

You can not homeschool for free.

Everything costs money.

You can choose not to buy pre-made curricula, but you will very likely spend money elsewhere. It’s just up to you what you spend that money on.

For my preschooler I don’t buy a lot of pre-made things. Because of her special needs, most things we have had access to do not fit her abilities. I create most of her activities myself and use great ideas from the internet. Last year, I did not buy my kindergartener any pre-made curricula. She would have hated it anyway being so anti-workbook, so I was saving myself some money there.

However, I do not even come close to homeschooling for free.

Because instead of curricula these 100+ things are on my homeschool school supply list. They are not your typical school supplies, but you will find that having them around makes school so much more fun! Plus, if you stock up and have these on hand you will be able to do the majority of those awesome things that you have found on Pinterest.

Don’t worry about the size of the list, most of them are things that you would find around your house anyway.

If you find that there are a lot of things on this list that you don’t have, start budgeting for them now and keep this list in mind when you see great sales. With a pantry and craft cupboard stocked you will be able to accomplish pretty much every preschool through 1st grade activity that you desire.

I don’t expect you to remember everything on this list, so I’ve provided a free printable for you at the end.

Traditional Supplies:

  • Scissors
  • Glue Sticks
  • Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Dry Erase Crayons
  • Stapler & Staples
  • laminator
  • laminating pouches
  • Single Hole Punch
  • Tape
  • paper clips
  • Ink for Printer
  • Chalk
brad pack

What you can do with them:

Household stuff:

  • zip-top bags
  • clothes pins
  • wax paper
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Tissue paper
  • Cupcake Liners
  • Paper Plates
  • Paper Cups
  • Q-Tips
  • Coffee Filters
  • Sponges
  • Paper Bags
  • Cotton Balls
  • Contact Paper
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • Tweezers
  • Tongs
  • medicine droppers
  • Rolling Pin
  • Condiment Bottles
  • Funnels
What you can do with them:
alphabet recognition with cars free printablefine motor skillsfourth of july red, white and blue sensory bin
Craft store stuff:
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Magnet Strip
  • Velcro Dots
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks
  • Glitter
  • Paint Brushes
  • Ribbon
  • Pom Poms
  • Felt
  • Buttons

What you can do with them:

lady bug kids craft
i spy farm activities  
shakers plastic cups maracas

From the toy aisle:

  • a large flat plastic box with lid
  • Christmas lights

For a sensory bin:

  • another large flat plastic box with lid

What you you can do with a sensory bin:

From the home & beauty aisles:

  • shaving cream
  • conditioner
  • baby oil
  • hair gel
  • liquid laundry starch
  • borax
  • glycerin
  • dish soap

From the grocery store:

Ideas for using these supplies:

solar system sensory bin Create a sparkly reaction with this glitter, baking soda and vinegar science experiment rainbow sensory bin collage from the kitchen

From the yard (or garden store):

  • straight sticks
  • pinecones
  • leaves
  • smooth stones
multi sensory learning tools list Featured Image

You can download your free multi-sensory school supply shopping list here.

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  1. This is a fun list. I’m curious if you keep the craft and sensory items always accessable or rotate them.

    1. My older kids (ages 7, 10 and 12) always have access to the craft supplies. We currently have them in a small closet in our hallway of the house we just moved into, but as we get the school area ready in the next few weeks, I will be working portions of them in to that area. My preschooler does not have free access to the supplies for safety reasons.

  2. What a wonderful list! I know of a few families that will really benefit from this list. I homeschool for free or almost free because I do not count the cost of items I would buy for my family already as an expense. I also used to get all my printer paper free when we could turn our ink cartridges in for paper. I buy our ink for less then $2 a cartridge, internet we already have,etc. We own over 50 board games, playing cards, workbooks have been found in free boxes at garage sales or given to us. It is very possible to homeschool for “free” for those who do their research and use youtube, netflix,etc.

    1. I’m so glad that you have been able to find so many treasures. With planning it is definitely possible to homeschool for very little money. 🙂