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13 Gift Ideas for the Creative Kid

 

 

Folkmanis® Puppets

Ages: 3 & Up
Price: $25 and Up

Bring story time to life. With puppets that include a Corgi, a Black Dragon, and a Nautilus, Folkmanis has a puppet for every tale.

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Let’s Color America — Really Big Coloring Poster, 63″x36″

Ages: 3 & Up
Manufacturer: Pirasta
Price: $32.00

Whimsical drawings detail the states’ identities in delightfully unconventional ways. In Florida, an alligator offers an orange to a flamingo, the men of Mt Rushmore seem to be smiling about something in South Dakota, a cow plays a saxophone in Missouri, people go over Niagara Falls in a barrel, wedges of cheese cheer on Wisconsin and farm animals share a slide in Iowa.

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Draw & Build Dollhouse

Ages: 4 – 8 yrs.
Manufacturer: Build & Imagine
Price: $22.99

This set includes eight magnetic dry-erase panels (four square and four triangle), a door that opens and closes, one dry-erase character, four dry-erase markers (and eraser) to build and decorate as the builder/artist/storyteller sees fit. Build, draw, play, erase, dismantle. Repeat.

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Fiona’s Colors Liquid Chalk Markers

Ages: 4 & Up
Manufacturer: RNBI
Price: $34.99

This set of 10 non-toxic liquid chalk markers can add an artistic touch to even the most pedestrian scribbles. The water-based odor-free markers work on non-porous surfaces including chalkboards and chalkboard stickers, white boards, glass and more.

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Giant Go Go Gear Art

Ages: 5 & Up
Manufacturer: ALEX BRANDS
Price: $24.99

The Giant Go Go Gear Art kit includes 4 templates, 16 gears, 8 markers, stylus, 16 paper sheets, 10 Scra-fitti sheets, 5 sticker sheets and user friendly instructions.

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GIANT Coloring Mural

Ages: 5 & Up
Manufacturer: lullubee inc.
Price: $16.95

These 5′ x 2 ½ ‘ murals can be taped to the wall, or rolled out (and weighted) on a carpet-free floor and patient children can spend days working alone and groups can spend a couple of hours working on their Kraft paper masterpiece with crayons, or chalk, paints or markers.

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Crayola Crayon Factory

Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Crayola, LLC
Price: $34.99

Turn broken bits of crayon into new fun-shaped crayons. Children simply drop the crayon pieces into the machine and wait for them to be melted and molded into new creations. This is a fun, hands-on way to encourage children to reuse and repurpose.

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Pottery Cool Studio

Ages: 6 & Up
Manufacturer: Spin Master Toys
Price: $39.99

This  beginning craft set includes twenty-six pieces: the Pottery Cool Clay Studio, one spray bottle, one tool holder, four clay disks, one paint brush, two sculpting tools, two coring tools, two cores, two sleeves, ten paints, and instructions: everything ready to get started. It also includes a carrying case, which makes for easy travel and storage.

Not only does the kit encourage artistic and creative pursuits, but it also helps to hone fine motor skills (e.g., using the sculpting tools to decorate projects, properly shaping the clay while on the wheel, etc.).

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Gelli Arts Student Kit

Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Gelli Arts LLC
Price: $24.99

This kit allows users to do mono printing at home without a press. It comes with a gel printing plate, a roller (brayer) and two stencils. Paints are not included.

Aspiring abstract artists enjoyed being able to create their own designs and press them onto paper. Parents also got carried away in the world of mono printing – on paper and on fabric.

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Draw It 3D

Ages: 8 – 12 yrs.
Publisher: Scholastic
Hardcover Price: $16.99

Start with a bit of M.C. Escher, mix in some Pixar-esque animation, add a dab of Stan Lee-style comics, and you get this super-cool how-to-draw book. While kids follow the prompts and practice their art on the 70 pages of this title, they learn technical terms (isometric and stereoscopic), technique (shading and perspective), and a bit of science (binocular vision).

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Sew Mini Treats

Ages: 8 – 12 yrs.
Publisher: Scholastic
Hardcover Price: $21.99

With this oh-sew-cute kit, kids can whip stitch-up a batch of more than 15 tiny treats. The included materials-felt, floss, stuffing (not the edible kind), patterns, embroidery needles-are the ingredients and the 48-page book provides easy-to-follow recipes.

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Creative Kids

Ages: 8 – 16 yrs.
Publisher: Prufrock Press
Newsstand Price: $6.50
Subscription Price: $24.95 / 4 Issues

This quarterly publication features the writing and artwork of kids. The magazine is wide-ranging in both subject matter and reading level. Featured youths offer fiction, poetry, essays, interviews, book reviews, puzzles, and crafts. Readers are encouraged to submit their own work or to join the advisory board for the publication; advisory board members serve for two years and are expected to be regular contributors.

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LEGO Pop-Up

Ages: 7 – 10 yrs.
Author: Matthew Reinhart
Publisher: Scholastic
Hardcover Price: $29.99

Like the system of play that inspired it, this pop-up is as fun for adults as it is for kids. The opening page of the book features an ingenious 3-in-1 pop-up that transforms from race car to seaplane to Tyrannosaurus Rex. The first spread also includes the history of the brick, the origin of the name LEGO (“play well”), and an introduction to Professor von Brickhausen, who joins readers to explore the LEGO universe.

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