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Unschooling Supplies for All Ages

What supplies do I need to unschool?

There are LOTS of approaches to unschooling that can lead to many excellent learning outcomes. Technically, there is no set list of unschooling supplies you must have to unschool successfully.

But, because unschooling is an amazingly open ended homeschool style, I’ve created a list of every unschooling supply I find useful for any topic, interest, or learning method.

In this blog post, I’m sharing the best unschooling supplies for homeschoolers! I’ll be covering:

  1. STEM unschooling supplies
  2. Found materials as unschooling supplies
  3. Around the house items as unschooling supplies
  4. High-tech supplies for unschooling
  5. Outdoor learning ideas for unschooling
  6. Measuring supplies for unschooling
  7. How to organize unschooling supplies
  8. The Best Unschooling Supplies free printable! DOWNLOADABLE FREEBIE!

So if you’re ready for your kids to feel empowered to explore their interests and learn a lot using these unschooling supplies, then you’re in the right place!

You and your kids will love having the following supplies on hand to help your learners have the freedom to experiment, research, and explore with this homeschool style.


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    1. STEM unschooling supplies

    STEM activities are my favorite unschooling activities, so we’ll focus on everything STEM first. Btw, STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. What a perfect fit for unschooling!

    Little boy dressed up like an astronaut playing pretend and wearing a cardboard rocket ship over his head. STEM unschooling supplies

    Everyday STEM supplies for unschooling

    • Cardboard tubes
    • Cardboard boxes
    • Liquid glue and glue sticks
    • Cups (any material- paper cups are always a hit!)
    • Toothpicks
    • Paper cupcake liners
    • Egg cartons
    • Markers
    • Colored pencils
    • Pom poms
    • Pipe cleaners
    • Duct tape
    • Clear tape
    • Coffee filters
    • Straws
    • Notebook paper or a notebook
    • Computer paper
    • Construction paper
    • Paper plates
    • PlayDoh
    • Ping pong balls
    • Dry erase boards and dry erase markers
    • Scissors
    • Paper clips
    • Push pins
    • Plastic cups and containers, such as yogurt containers with lids, peanut butter jars, etc.

    Open-ended STEM supplies for unschooling

    Two young girls doing a science STEM experiment with unschooling supplies

    STEM experimenting supplies for unschooling

    STEM fun for older kids while unschooling

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    The best STEM kits that you can use again and again for unschooling!

    Little girl holding a leaf using found materials as unschooling supplies

    2. Found materials as unschooling supplies

    Do your kids always want to bring treasures inside that they found out in the world? You may want to encourage this, as unschooling is all about learning anywhere, including bringing your homeschooling classroom outside.

    Start gathering these found materials to use as unschooling supplies!

    • Leaves, sticks, twigs, bark
    • Sand, seashells, sand dollars
    • Rocks
    • Dirt, flowers, weeds, grass
    • Water, dew (collect carefully and only consume water that’s been sterilized)
    • Snow, ice, icicles
    • Seeds
    Grandpa helping granddaughter mix something in the kitchen using materials from a recipe as unschooling supplies

    3. Around the house items as unschooling supplies

    Many household items can lend themselves to some excellent activities you can add to your unschooling toolbelt.

    Check if you have these around the house items on hand already, or add them to your grocery list!

    • Flour
    • Salt
    • Aluminum foil
    • Corn starch
    • Wax paper
    • Food coloring
    • Iodine
    • Hydrogen peroxide
    • Candles or lighters
    • Wood (or scrap wood)
    • Cotton balls
    • Newspaper
    • Vinegar
    • Baking soda
    • Dishwashing soap
    • Rubbing alcohol
    • Plastic bags
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    4. Outdoor learning ideas for unschooling

    Unschooling and outdoor learning go hand-in-hand! There are SO many outdoor learning activities that kids of all ages can enjoy.

    Here’s some of my favorite outdoor learning tools!

    Related: 5 Fun Ideas for Sensory Bins you Need to Try

    Little boy standing in front of chalkboard to measure his height

    5. Measuring supplies for unschooling

    Learning all about measurement is an important skill for all ages, so you’ll definitely want to get these measuring supplies for unschooling.

    6. High-tech supplies for unschooling

    If your unschooler is into technology, check out these high-tech unschooling supplies! These techy items could also make great gifts!

    Elementary-age technology for unschooling

    Middle school-age technology for unschooling

    High school-age technology for unschooling

    Digital favorites for any age level

    Brother and sister wearing crowns, smiling, and playing outside

    7. How to organize unschooling supplies

    If you’re wondering where on Earth you’re going to store all these supplies, I’ve got you covered! These containers, labels, and storage ideas are essential for keeping your unschooling supplies nice and organized.

    Containers to organize your unschooling supplies

    STEM materials kit: unschooling supply containers and labels

    • If you are a one-stop-shop kind of person, you could buy this ready-to-fill starter STEM materials kit with the bins and labels already done for you!
    • When I was an elementary teacher and librarian, this kit was THE go-to holy grail of coveted storage for our STEM Lab.

    Storage ideas for your unschooling supplies

    Related: Creative Homeschool Organization Ideas for Small Spaces


    Once you add these unschooling supplies into your homeschool kit, you’ll be amazed at the joy and creativity they’ll bring your unschooler. Your kids will be amazed that you’re always ready for anything at a moment’s notice with these unschooling supplies.

    Instead of being totally open ended, using the same supplies over and over, or relying heavily on technology, use this variety of unschooling supplies to yield amazing results. Plus, your kids will love learning and enjoy their homeschooling time each day!

    My MEGA LIST: The Best Unschooling Supplies free printable! DOWNLOADABLE FREEBIE!

    If you’re ready to ditch the boring homeschooling tasks and an unschooling experience that’s actually open ended, my MEGA LIST: The Best Supplies for Unschooling is just the thing for you.

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