This chapter is divided into two sections. The first section contains Expressive Arts Resources and the second section contains Technology Resources. Expressive Arts Resources include: Expressive Arts Supply Catalogs, Expressive Arts Adaptive Tool Catalogs, Visual Art Materials, Expressive Arts Training Resources, Visual Art Reproduction Resources, Music and Movement Resources, and Children's Books. Technology Resources include: Considerations for Purchasing a Computer System, Technology Training Resources, Expressive Arts Software Programs, and Peripherals for Expressive Art Software Programs.

Visual Art Materials.

Suggested Visual Art Materials


  • Glue, glue sticks, roller glue, paste
  • Cellophane tape
  • Masking tape
  • Clear Con-Tact® paper


  • Cardboard blocks
  • Large hollow blocks
  • Unit blocks
  • Small table blocks
  • Tinkertoys
  • Accessories (people, vehicles, and animals)

A wide variety of paper can be used, including:

  • Construction paper, drawing paper, and tissue paper; roles of newsprint, heavy paper, butcher paper, and easel paper
  • Office discards, junk mail, greeting cards, magazines, and wallpaper sample books
  • All paper scraps
  • Paper plates (all sizes), coffee filters, and cup cake papers

Modeling compounds

  • Play dough (commercial or home-made)
  • Clay
  • Slime (equal parts of liquid starch and glue or equal parts of cornstarch and water)
  • Model Magic™

Drawing tools

  • Crayons without paper wrappers, a large variety of colors, and fat crayons, adaptive crayons
  • Markers (that work) in many different colors
  • Chalk, including fat chalks in many colors
  • Fat pencils, skinny pencils, colored pencils,and charcoal pencils
  • Rulers and templates
  • Magna Doodle®
  • Grip kits

Painting Materials

  • Tempera paints (liquid, cakes, powder)
  • Finger paints
  • Food coloring
  • Dabber paints
  • Roll-on paints
  • Rainbow Foams
  • Shaving cream (non-menthol)
  • Spill-proof paint cups
  • An assortment of different sized brushes with adaptive grips or extended handles
  • Easels, both table top and free standing (the most versatile can be folded and easily moved to an outdoor art center)
  • Grip kits

Found Materials

  • Toilet paper and paper towel rolls
  • Foam or cardboard trays, fast food cartons, and egg cartons
  • Sea shells, buttons, bottle caps, and macaroni
  • Yarn, glitter, ribbon, fabric scraps, pipe cleaners, and feathers
  • Foam packing pieces, wooden spools,
  • clothes pins, and POPSICLE® or craft sticks

Set up and Clean up Materials

  • Newspapers to cover tables and floor
  • Smocks (a good resource for inexpensive smocks is adult shirts or blouses turned backwards)
  • Small pails, mop, rags sponges, and paper towels
  • Broom, dust pan, and cordless vacuum cleaner.

Other equipment

  • Scissors: loop scissors, helper scissors, left-handed and right-handed scissors or scissors that work in either hand
  • Staplers
  • Paper punches
  • Tables with space enough for several children to work together comfortably including wheelchair space