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Got a young artist at home? Looking for great gifts that spark creativity and inspire imaginative thinking? The creative arts are an essential part of learning, and help to shape kids into well-rounded, culturally aware adults. Help nurture out-of-the-box thinking and self-expression with these amazing art-inspired gifts. From paint pallets to wood-making to homemade sushi, we've got you covered, young and old, with this year's greatest gifts for the creative genius in all of us. These gifts are not only packed with learning but they're full of fun and exploration. Here's are list of top picks for artistic fun:
My Giant Busy Box Running out of craft ideas to do with your kids? This fun craft box provides hours of entertainment at a reasonable price. Kids get all the tools they need to make 16 different projects, including tissue art, silly puppets, sticker scenes, and more. Even better, many of the activities are mess-free, making this box perfect for travel or some no-fuss rainy day fun. (Alex)
Washable Kids Paint Love painting but hate the mess? Ditch the brushes for these hand-held marker-like dispensers. Pick up, press down, and get crafty: the paint flows freely as kids apply pressure to paper. Once they lift the dispensers off the page, the paint stops flowing. Compact and easy for kids to handle, each color has a unique scent, from strawberry to sour apple, making painting a sensory experience. Easy cleanup for parents, with the kid-appeal of a scratch and sniff sticker. (Crafty Dab)
Jazz Playground If you've ever wanted a kid-friendly CD featuring musicians with genuine talent, then slap "Jazz Playground" in your stereo. Jazz aficionados out there, or parents just wanting to expose their children to the genre, will love jazzy takes on favorites such as "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and "This Little Light of Mine." Kids will not only hear great jazz—and learn about techniques such as scat and improvisation—they'll hear it sung in Dutch, Portuguese, French, Japanese, and English. (Putamayo)
Theater Stage What little kid doesn't love putting on a puppet show? Puppets are classic kid entertainment, and this plush, easy-to-store finger puppet theater is packed with pretend play potential. It's got all the features a kid could want, from curtains that open and close and a fold-out stage to pockets for storing his puppet collection. Great portability and a soft handle on top mean this little stage goes everywhere you do, making impromptu puppet shows as easy as 1-2-3. Let the show begin! (Manhattan Toy)
Do Art Travel Easel Perfect for your amateur artist, this 34-piece portable art set truly takes multitasking to the next level. Filled with washable markers, oil pastels, colored pencils, and chalk—not to mention a sketch pad, dry-erase whiteboard, and chalkboard—this premium quality pack provides seemingly endless creative options. And since it all folds up neatly into a clever traveling case made from impact-resistant plastic, it's essential for on-the-go illustrations ... because you never know when inspiration will strike! (Faber Castell)