Encouraging creativity is one of the most important things we can do for our kids. Most of them love to paint, color, and draw, and giving them gifts that allow them to express themselves makes us happy, too! Here are some of the best art gifts for kids.
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Best Art Gifts for Kids Ages 5-7
1. Dot Markers
These markers fit perfectly in little hands and will provide your art-lover with hours of fun. They are washable, non-toxic, and come with a bonus activity book to help your child learn about letters and numbers.
Real teacher review: “As a teacher, I’m always on the lookout for quality, not too expensive school supplies and all kinds of things for crafts. Let’s just say this was a bingo! The students love it, and they get to use it as a reward. Glad I got it since it does motivate them to treat it with respect.”
2. Low Mess Crafts For Kids by Debbie Chapman
This helpful book is full of easy-to-follow projects that will allow your kids to get their creative juices flowing without also making a huge mess. An added bonus: Many of the projects use things you already have lying around the house!
Real teacher review: “This book is amazing. I’m having lots of fun digging into it with my three-year-old and my young ESL students. The crafts really are low-mess. The pictures are beautiful, and the creations are fun.”
3. How To Draw 101 Animals by Dan Green
Learning to draw recognizable animals will make your child feel empowered and satisfied. This is a great guide with lots of pictures and detailed instructions that will help improve their concentration skills and keep their mind occupied for hours.
Real teacher review: “The easy-to-follow directions and step-by-step process made it easy for my first grade students to create their pictures.”
Grab some paper and let your kids create a masterpiece without worrying about staining a thing. These Crayola paints are non-toxic and come in squeezable bottles with flip-top caps to keep spills to a minimum.
Real teacher review: “These are very good, vibrant finger paints. I am a preschool teacher, so I am well versed in finger paint. They are a good consistency (not too thick, not too runny), and they washed off of my students’ hands easily without staining.”
Add new dimension to painting projects with these texturized brushes. They are easy to clean and have easy-grip handles for hours of creating.
Real teacher review: “I got these for my kindergarten classroom, and they were an absolute hit. The kids were so happy with their ‘stars’ and ‘flowers’ and experimented by twirling the brushes around and sliding them across the paper.”
This rock painting kit comes with standard and metallic paints, art transfers, googly eyes, gems, and much more!
Real teacher review: “This was fun for my class. There are 10 small rocks, 12 paints, stickers, glitter glue, googly eyes, paintbrushes, a sponge, and gems in this kit … everything you need for 10 children to have craft time. They will have to share and take turns because there are only 2 paintbrushes and 1 sponge unless you have more somewhere.”
Best Art Gifts for Kids Ages 8-10
Your kids can make amazing art with this spinning kit—no batteries required. They can create one-of-a-kind cards and pictures. It’s so fun, you may want to join in!
Real teacher review: “Have used it several times with my students. They love it. Easy to do and great fun.”
A string art kit is a great way to sharpen hand-eye coordination and let your kids get creative with a medium other than paint or markers. The canvases allow for easy hanging when they are done.
Real teacher review: “My students love playing with these. I usually buy a few at the beginning of the school year, and they make great indoor recess projects, or I save them as a prize if we are running a reading contest.”
This coloring book is a #1 best-seller for a reason. It not only promotes creativity with twenty-two pages to color, it opens the door to have empowering conversations with our girls about self-confidence and what it really means to be beautiful and brave.
Real teacher review: “This is great to have in my classroom. Girls in elementary school need to start learning about confidence in a different way than I did as a child growing up in the ’80s. There are many great conversation starters.”
4. How To Draw Cool Things by Rachel Goldstein
This book shows kids how to draw cartoons and 3D shapes and take their drawing to the next level while building confidence. Your child will feel so satisfied when they see their drawing jump off the page and come to life.
Real teacher review: “It was a fun and overall a great book! My students loved practicing the impossible drawings and the roll drawings!”
You’ll get your money’s worth with this kit—it comes with 20 projects. When your students are done, you’ll have stunning light-catchers to hang in the window.
Real teacher review: “I used this in my third grade classroom for a project. Each student made one, they were really easy, and looked great when finished. Note they do take a few days to dry, though.“
Marbling paint is a unique experience that many kids will love. Colorful pigments are used to “draw” patterns on water and get transferred to a surface with strong water absorption, such as paper, wood, cloth, and even plaster!
Real review: “A very fun activity for kids and adults. Less mess than acrylic pouring. Wish there was more paper included. Tips for the solution: Use hands to melt it, and then it’s ready. You don’t need to wait for 12 hours.”
Best Art Gifts For Kids Ages 11-13
This inexpensive kit will provide your young artist with all the professional tools they need to make simple sketches or elaborate drawings.
Real teacher review: “If you are looking for a good set of pencils and other drawing materials, as a former art teacher, I would recommend this set. It has more than enough drawing tools and in the appropriate types. The drawing pencils are very good for any type of drawing, from very fine mechanical type drawing to sketching.”
These alcohol-based markers allow for precise lines. The kit comes with forty colors, and you can even create your own shades by blending with the white marker.
Real teacher review: “I purchased two sets for my junior high art class, and my students love them. You can blend them to make your own colors, and my students enjoy doing that just as much as they like drawing with them.”
Your budding artist will feel like a pro with this lightweight easel that comes with a bag for easy travel and storage. It can stand on a tabletop or on the ground to adjust to your child’s creativity needs.
Real teacher review: “Love it! Compact, easy to assemble, light-weight. Use it for my mobile art school, and all my students like these easels.”
4. Oil Pastels
Pastels are a great alternative to colored pencils and paint. They can be blended to make one-of-a-kind shades. This gift box comes with fifty colors that can be used on paper or canvas.
Real teacher review: “I use this pastel set in the classroom at least 2 to 4 times a month. The pastels never look used and don’t break (so far). They are nice-sized pieces, about 3 inches each and narrow, which is easy for little hands to manipulate. There are plenty of colors to do most every project.”
5. Manga for the Beginner by Christopher Hart
So many teens and tweens are into drawing Manga characters, and Christopher Hart’s books come highly recommended. They come with step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow. Your child is sure to be proud of their Manga drawings when following this book.
Real teacher review: “Christopher Hart is a genius; he integrates art education with Manga technique. I’m an art teacher and tutor, and I gave this one to my student as an incentive prize. He loves it!”
6. How to Draw Cool Stuff by Catherine V. Holmes
This drawing guide is designed for both teachers and students, providing a great opportunity to collaborate and create in the classroom.
Real teacher review: “I love the author’s belief about her students! And these are fabulous art exercises that I will use for my classes!”
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