More gift ideas for those kids in your life, gifts that allow open ended invitations to make, build, and create, Check some suggestions out below.
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1. Magna Tiles - We made the investment over the past years to purchase a few sets of these, we have quite the collection now and my kids love them. We rotate them in and out of our building supplies to keep it fresh and our kids are always excited to see them.
2. Tempera Paint Sticks - Amazing coverage, vibrant colors, they blend great and dry fast, and no mess. A win for everyone. We keep them on our kitchen counter for the kids to grab when the inspiration strikes them.
3. Oil Pastels - A great media to add to your children's art supplies, and right now at less than $5 on Amazon, you can't go wrong. (Look up a tutorial on blending them with baby oil and wow your son or daughter.)
4. Nice Paper - There is nothing like really great paper, this XL Canson brand is great watercolor paper for the price. Sometimes I see it for even cheaper at my local Walmart.
5. Lyra Colored Pencils - like butter, So creamy and a joy to work with.
6. (and a nice sharpener) - yay for beautiful well working supplies.
7. Sculpey Clay - SUCH a fun product! Give your kids the opportunity to build three dimensionally. Encourage them to make stuff for their doll house, jewelry, lego add on, or anything else they can dream of. You can bake it afterwards and it hardens to become a permanent sculpture or play item.
8. A nice set of Paint brushes - Upgrade your kids brushes and watch them grow as an artist.
9. iMotion App - This app is simple enough for my daughter to use in first grade but sophisticated enough to suit my needs. The iMotion app lets you create amazing stop motion animations. I used it in my classroom to create this video a few years back. If you need a tutorial, check out this post.
If you missed it yesterday and you're looking for some bigger ticket items, the items below are a little more of an investment - but have really gotten a lot of use (or are slated to) with our little (and medium sized) people.
1. Buddha Board - My kids gravitate to this throughout the week. You paint with water on the board and it slowly fades and you start all over again. A great thing to leave out and have available for your kids to use when the mood strikes them. Bonus, it's meditative and doesn't make a mess.
2. Boon Stash - Now hard to find, and thus incredibly expensive, this is still one of my favorite things we've ever bought. We store art supplies in ours and keep it out on the kitchen table. A nice alternative at a cheaper price point can be found here
3. Doll House Camp - Give the gift of an activity, sign them up for a favorite class, membership, or workshop. Check out the upcoming Doll House Camp for a local option.
4. Light Board - There are so many uses for a light table, with all ages. I use it for varying art practices, my daughter enjoys tracing her designs to make them symmetrical and my boys love playing with a variety of toys on top of it, it totally changes the way they play. Grab one for your whole family.
5. Balancing Blocks - Blocks get a lot of use in our house. These are beautiful and present a challenge even to the adult laying around.
6. Sensory Table - This is from IKEA, and we use it to fill with a wide variety of materials. When we aren't using it as a writing surface we fill the bins below with rice, water beads, cooked pasta, and anything else we can think of.
Anything that I missed? What are your creative things are your kids asking for this holiday season?
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