We’ve been exploring ideas for educational gifts for the holidays. I’ve already shared ideas for language arts, science, history/geography and math themed gifts. Today, I’m going to share some ideas for art inspired gifts.
This is actually a pretty easy category, for the most part. What kid doesn’t love getting new crayons, color pencils or paints? Here are some of our favorite art related gift ideas.
First up – art supplies. You can’t make great art without the best equipment. We really love Prismacolor Colored Pencils (12). These are really good quality colored pencils – perfect for art projects and school assignments. They are a little pricey, but the quality is really fantastic and if well cared for, they last a long time. You can also get them in a 24 Pack, 48 Pack, 72 Pack, and even a 132 Pack. I like that they come in a tin container – it really helps to keep them in good condition.
If you want really good quality crayons, then you might want Stockmar Beeswax Block Crayons. These are virtually indestructible, have very bright colors and blend really well together. I highly recommend the block style for very young children (though older children will like them as well – especially for coloring in large spaces like the sky or grass.) They also come as Stick Crayons, though I find that the stick version isn’t as durable as the blocks.
My kids have never been big into painting or sculpting, but if you children are, then you can’t go wrong with Sculpey Clay and Reeves Water Color Set. These are both top quality products that will give your children great results. I’ve also heard fantastic things about Sakura XNCW-24N 24-Piece Koi Assorted Water Colors Field Sketch Set with Brush, this is supposed to be great for taking along with you on nature walks, if your child enjoys painting in the outdoors. I have been eyeing it for a while, and it might wind up in my son’s stocking this Christmas.
My children LOVE how-to-draw books. We have probably a dozen of them, at least. One of our favorites are Ralph Masiello’s Drawing Books. He has several different books, everything from Ancient Egypt to Fairies to holiday themed books. His instructions are clear and easy to follow, the books are full of interesting pictures and they can be great springboards to learning all sorts of neat things, from bugs to dinosaurs to ocean life.
Klutz makes many fun crafting kits for kids that we have enjoyed over the years. I asked my daughter to recall some of her favorites, and she would recommend Lettering: in Crazy Cool Quirky Style, Fingerprint Fabulous: Create Sweet and Sparkly Thumbprint Art , Stencil Art, and Brilliant Bead Rings . There are so many other kits, though, there is literally something for everyone.
My youngest loves our dry erase board. I think it started because she wanted to be part of “school” but it seems to have stuck over the years. So I got her one of her very own. There’s something exciting for children about being able to draw with markers and then erase and start over again. If your child loves this too, then consider getting them a Crayola Dry Erase Board Set. It comes with a board, markers and an erasing mitt.
She also really loves her Fisher-Price Doodle Pro – this is another family favorite. Maybe it’s because my kids love to draw, but we’ve been using the Doodle Pro for many years. These are great for practicing letters and numbers too, and fantastic for keeping children busy on long car rides.
I have one more post for this series – Cook family favorites – and then we’ll wrap the Educational Gifts series. I hope that I’ve been able to give you some creative gift ideas for your children!