Kids Gift Ideas: Arts And Crafts

Giving the gift of imagination to a child can be a wonderful gift idea for a birthday or any occastion. An arts and craft box created and customized for the child's age group would make a gift that would enable the child to create and learn.

Children can learn at a young age to be creative and develop artistic skills. Creativity is important to the cognitive development of a child. Doing activities involving arts and crafts can be fun and a good teaching tool for parents. A wonderful gift for a young child could be something involving arts and crafts. Here are some ideas for gifts involving arts and crafts that are separated into age specific categories.

Toddlers age 18 months-2 years.

One idea is to make an art box for the child. Include things like coloring books, jumbo crayons and finger paints. A good choice for this age group would be the Crayola Wonder sets that use the markers and finger paints that only show up on special paper and won't get on your table or carpet. Children in this age group are just learning about drawing and colors. These kinds of products are wonderful for the child to work with and they cut down on the stress for parents because they don't have to worry about drawings on the walls and furniture.

Pre-School ages 3 years-5 years

With this age group you can make an art box or kit with a larger variety of items. Include the basics like crayons, markers, colored pencils and paper. You can add non-toxic glue and tape for more advanced creations. Watercolor paints and brushes are a good choice for this age group. You can buy the paint books that have the watercolor paints all ready on the pages and ready for the child to moisten and use a brush to spread the color on the pictures. Play dough may be a good choice for pre-school age children. They can make molds and statues with a can of play dough. Imaginative minds will run wild with all of these products.

Early elementary ages 6 years-8 years

Elementary school children are more advanced with their skills. You can buy some craft supplies for this age. Take your art box that has all the basics and add things like cotton balls, stickers, non-toxic glue or adhesive, glitter and scissors. Maybe throw in some activity books or a craft book of ideas. And don't forget ribbon or string to add to the creations. At this age they can make crafts that involve skill like weaving a paper basket with different colors of paper strips or making a linked chain to count down how many days until Christmas. There different kits you can buy that already have art and craft supplies; like the big plastic kits with 100 crayons and 50 markers, plus paints and chalk. Choose a kit at the store or customize your own.

Elementary age 9 years - 11 years

Older children might be interested in a scrap booking kit. By this age they can read and write so they are able to record memories. You can get them started on scrapbooks and memory books so they can document their favorite experiences in school. Purchase a basic scrap booking kit that includes different colors of paper, page protectors, die cuts, stickers and other accessories. School themed scrapbooks are popular and there are a variety of products you can get to decorate these types of books. Include scissors, acid-free adhesive and some rubber stamps. Go to a scrapbook supply store or your local Wal-Mart or drug store that carries scrapbook products. Let your child express him or herself on the pages of their own school memory book.

Creating things gives you a chance to express yourself in ways you may not be able to with words. Making things gives children an opportunity to show off their talents and abilities. Arts and crafts can be a wonderful way to spend time with your kids and teach them basic principles like recognizing colors and color combinations. Or teaching them to draw basic shapes and objects. Whatever the objective is crafting something together can be a lasting memory for both of you. By using the ideas mentions above you can give the gift of learning and imagination.

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