Do you have a boy or girl on your birthday gift list this year that is always creating something whether its on paper, the computer or out of art materials? Do they have a strong imagination and a creative side you’d like to encourage? If so then you may want to purchase a birthday gift that encourages them to use their imagination and explore their creativity.
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There are many different types of toys available that let children be creative. To help you make sense of it all and purchase a gift that your creative child is sure to love here are my top five birthday gifts for kids who love to create and design.
Top Five Gifts For Creative Kids
1. First Potter’s Wheel
For kids who like to use their hands to create and get a bit messy The First Potter’s Wheel from Hearth Song www.hearthsong.com is an excellent choice. Creative kids will love using the pottery wheel to create their own unique clay pots, vases, and bowls. Once finished the clay pieces can be detailed, air-dried and then painted. The pottery wheel has two speeds for ease of use and can be powered by either battery or plugged into any electrical outlet.
The First Potters Wheel comes with 2 lbs. of clay, six paintbrushes, 2 paintbrushes, 3 shaping tools, a sponge, an AC adapter and a foot pedal. Heart Song’s First Potters Wheel retails for $39.98 and additional clay and paint can be purchased. The recommended age is 8 and up.
2. Creative Studio Getting Started Art Kit-Soft Pastels
This pastel art kit from Faber-Castell is a great way to introduce pastel drawing to young children. The kit includes 12 soft pastel chalks, sanded and smooth paper, 4 foam blending sticks an eraser and 12 illustrated instruction cards. Children will learn basic mixed media techniques and how to blend and mix colors as they create their own masterpieces. The Creative Studio Getting Started Art Kit-Soft Pastels is recommended for ages 10 and up. It can be purchased from Barnes and Noble www.barnesandnoble.com and retails for $ 19.99.
3. Project Runway Fashion Design Studio
If you are looking for a birthday gift for a child who loves fashion and dreams of one day being a fashion designer then the Project Runway Fashion Design Studio is a great choice. Aspiring fashion designers will learn how to conceptualize their designs, sketch and embellish their own styles for clothing, purses, and shoes as well as create swatch cards for their designs.
The set includes several sketch pads including a fashion model sketch pad, 12 colored pencils, 8 markers with tips at both ends, swatch cards and a design guide. The Project Runway Fashion Design Studio is recommended for children ages 8 and up and can be purchased from JC Penney www.jcpenney.com. The cost is $32.99.
4. Girls Alphabet Bead Personalized Jewelry Making Kit
Creative kids will love creating their own jewelry to wear or share with a friend using this great jewelry kit from Personalization Mall www.personalizationmall.com. The kit comes with colorful cords, alphabet beads, assorted shapes and sizes of accent wood beads and large heart and flower charms to add just the right touch. The kit includes enough supplies to make at least 20 different jewelry projects and everything comes in a reusable storage container with a clear sliding lid for easy organization.
The Girls Alphabet Bead Personalized Jewelry Making Kit is recommended for ages 5 and up and retails for $19.99.
5. Perler Fusion Bead Kits
Perler Fusion Beads are a great way to keep creative kids busy for hours. The tiny plastic beads can be placed on a plastic pegboard in a variety of shapes and then melted together using a piece of parchment paper and an iron. Once cool they are removed from the pegboard and can be used as coasters, key chains, necklaces or a decorative art piece. Fusion beads come in a variety of different colors and the pegboards come in lots of different shapes such as animals, plants, favorite cartoon characters, vehicles, and geometric shapes. Kits range in price from $4.99 to $19.99. Perler Fusion Beads can be purchased from Amazon www.amazon.com.
Any of these five arts and crafts toys would make a great birthday gift and are sure to be a favorite of any child who loves to create, design and use their imagination. Plus you’ll feel great knowing you’ve given them a birthday gift that’s both fun and educational.