Stocking Stuffers for Artistic Kids
Little Gifts for Creative Kids' Christmas Stockings
For some kids, stockings are the best part of Christmas. You never know what tiny treasures Santa will dig up each year. If he's kind, he'll choose stocking stuffers that keep young hands happy and engaged--without electronics, no less!--while the adults are lingering over long, chatty holiday meals. Here, my best suggestions for stocking stuffers that creative kids will use with pleasure, through the holiday break and all year long.
Not your run-of-the-mill crayons, these take on a painted look when the strokes are brushed with water. I've been known to join my kids in watercolor-crayoning. Very cool.
Kids can press letters, numbers, patterns, anything onto paper with these colorful, waxy strands that stick together. Fun for forming little shapes, too, as they would with clay--but without all the mess. These were a blessing for us on holiday car trips and in restaurants when our kids were younger.
What little girl wouldn't like to bedazzle a sweet ballerina this Christmas?
Choo-choose a brightly colored train kit for your locomotive-loving artist.
One of my sons plays travel baseball, and the other 2--although they love their brother dearly--struggle to pay attention during long games. The younger guy has made some incredible drawings on our mini Etch-a-Sketch while waiting for his twin's turns at bat.
Mini Stencil Books
Dover has a fantastic selection of stencils, from ethnic designs to bugs and butterflies. Useful year-round for school projects, birthday card making, much more. Especially handy on New Year's Day, when we have an all-day family gathering and throw together a little "art station" for cousins who want a break from rougher play.
so many to choose from...
take 2; they're small (and cheap!) :)
Child-Size Artist's Apron
Who wants Dad's ratty button-down for an art smock when you can have this hip cover-up, featuring a fun slogan and vibrant peace-sign collage by 2 kid artists? Available with green or pink text. Works for making Christmas cookies, too :)
If you haven't played with Silly Putty in a while, try it--it's oddly therapeutic. Your kids might think so, too. Arty kids enjoy finding cool photos/graphics in whatever newspapers and magazines are laying around, then making impressioins onto the putty. A classic.
Scratch Magic Note Cube
Make cool scratch-art notes to pass to cousins under the Christmas dinner table with this Scratch Magic note set.
Do you remember painting by numbers? I sure do. This tropical seascape banishes the winter blues.
During his outer-space phase, my eldest loved to draw elaborate scenes on black paper with metallic crayons. He also made standout birthday cards for friends with these, on black or dark blue paper. With kids, all that glitters is golden!
Stuffed owl kit
Girls will flip for these adorable owls they can make themselves -- or with a friend.
Math can be beautiful with this spiral art kit that may be superior to what we oldies used as children. Includes templates, gears & colored pens.
Rubber stamping is great fun but usually requires decent fine-motor skills. Here's a set that lets little ones in on the activity, with sturdy handles and a multicolored inkpad.
Fingerprint Art Set
My kids made sooo many cute greeting cards with fingerprint art, even a picture one year that we copied on the home copier for class valentines. If memory serves, I think it was a fingerprint-art train with heart-shaped puffs of steam. But really, the possibilities are endless with this sweet little kit.
Can't make it to the beach this year? Give your kiddo a seashell pen collection to draw with instead. So real looking, (s)he'll swear they were plucked from the sand!
Ladybug sharpener (and calculator!)
Sharpen colored pencils with this whimsical ladybug .... then when break's over, use it for math homework!
Young artists will love sketching in a beautifully designed notebook personalized with their name or initials.
What's going into your kids' stockings this year? I promise not to tell! ;)