|The Kids Craft Weekly Creative
Due to popular demand I have put together the following gift
guide that features quality products to stimulate your child's
Colouring Pencils by Stockmar
they're expensive but they are so worth it. These beautiful coloured
pencils are made by German brand Stockmar and are lead-free and totally
non-toxic. Best of all they are larger than your average pencil,
triangular-shaped for easy use and the colours are rich and smooth.
is a perfect gift for children who love to draw and colour-in and who
appreciate and value good quality. They won't be disappointed, nor will
Buy the Colouring Giants from Stockmar
Pencils by Lyra
are another German brand who make exceptional pencils. These 12 pencils
are special 'rainbow' ones that have four colours spun into the lead;
yellow, blue and green!
specifically designed for young kids (over-sized, triangular grip) and
are perfect for giving as small gifts to special friends. Package these
pencils with a nice wooden pencil sharpener and a novelty notebook and
you have a great set of gifts for kids aged 4 and up! Great quality too!
Buy the Lyra mutlicoloured pencils
Crayons by Stockmar
you've used these Stockmar beeswax crayons you will never go
back to the supermarket variety - and nor will your kids!
They’re made from
100% all-natural beeswax and, like all quality Stockmar products for
children, are oversized and easy to use.
crayons come in rich beautiful colours and are a delight to draw with.
Buy beeswax crayons by Stockmar
Tin by Haba
tins make great gifts for kids. This cute drawing tin has all the Haba
trademark qualities – cute, cute, cute, thoughtfully made and
top quality. And did I mention cute?
always prepared to pay a little bit extra for a Haba product because I
know that I won't be disappointed. This tin includes seven pencils
(each with a different design), a pencil sharpener and a cute bear
Buy the Bear Gang Drawing Tin by Haba
sets are such great fun – but SO messy of course! Just
perfect for hot days when the little ones are complaining about having
nothing to do. Strip them off, put them in the back yard and set them
up for an outdoor painting experience. Alternatively, implement a house
rule that you only do finger painting when we go to Grandma's house!
Buy Finger Painting
Party by Alex Toys for $21.00
Watercolour painting is such a wonderful thing. The pictures look
beautiful, the paint washes out and children (aged about 3 and up)
really enjoy the experience.
If you're going to do watercolour painting
I strongly recommend that you purchase a good set of paints –
plastic type that don't grip the paper properly.
This set from
left) is a pretty good set for the youngsters. For the
ultimate watercolour painting experience indulge in a set of liquid
watercolours from Stockmar (pictured right).
Buy Animal Friends
Water Color Paint Set by Schylling for $12.00
> Buy Stockmar liquid watercolours for
These great paint sets come with a bank of
watercolour tablets all in a
row. When you wet the foam paddle and run it against the paints and
paper you get the most fabulous coloured stripes.
We bought one of these sets several years ago had so much fun with it
– it's especially good for making wrapping paper.
> Buy The
Original Rainbow Watercolors
Make all manner of fancy designs with this fabulous set of
rollers. This set comes with rollers in 11 different patterns including
zig zags, waves, dots, hearts, flowers and solid lines.
Buy this set
of paint rollers
you're going to be doing any painting you'll be needing one, maybe
two of these. Young kids definitely need the long-sleeved
Buy the Long Sleeve
Artist Art Apron by Alex Toys for $9.99
Stamp Kits by
Melissa and Doug
Stamping is great activity for slow afternoons or rainy days. There are
heaps of different stamping kits that you can get. I like the Melissa
and Doug kits because they are good quality, quite cheap and come in
boxes with different 'themes'.
the range of Melissa and Doug stamp sets
Buy the Melissa and Doug Deluxe Stamp Kit
Colours Stamp Pad
you're doing stamping with your kids, in some ways I think that the
stamp pad is actually more important than the stamps. First of all you
want good strong colours but it's also important to have ink that won't
leave your hands
stained for days. We've found this Melissa and Doug stamp pad to be
pretty good on all these fronts.
Buy the Melissa and Doug Primary Colors
bead box is a fabulous investment for a crafty family. Choose one with
different compartments (so that the kids can sort the beads) and ensure
that the beads are an appropriate size for the age of your kids. Young
ones will need big beads with large holes, as they get older the beads
can get smaller and smaller.
Melissa and Doug bead sets (the Flower Power Jewellery Kit is pictured)
are perfect for young kids. My only problem with these sets is with how
blatantly they are marketed to girls. I'd love to see see a Melissa and
Doug bead set for boys, or better still, one that is gender neutral.
the range of Melissa and Doug bead sets
Buy the Flower
Power Jewellery Kit (pictured)
Threading beads is great fun for all kids but so many boys (and their
parents) are deterred from buying bead sets as they are packaged for
good to see that Haba have made a bead set to appeal specifically to
boys. The set includes 11 construction-themed pieces, one red
threading lace, and one wood threading helper. It's a good way for
young kids to practice their fine motor skills.
Buy the Contruction beads from Haba for $18.99
Hama beads, not least because whenever I pull them out I know that I'm
guaranteed at least 20 minutes of 'mummy-time'. Heaven!
you're not familiar with them, the Hama bead system consists of tiny
plastic coloured tubes that you place onto different shaped pegboards
to make interesting designs and patterns. Best of all, once you've
finished you can run an iron over the top of the beads and they fuse
together, creating a permanent memento.
inexpensive and very absorbing for kids aged 4 and up. They
come in a variety of packs and in different themes for boys and girls
including pirates and ponies.
the range of Hama Beads at Amazon
such fond memories of weaving on a loom when I was a young kid
– I always found the rhythmic action very therapeutic and I
recall the sense of excitement and accomplishment with every row that I
classic loom from Brio (pictured above left) is a great first loom
for kids aged five and older. The large working space makes weaving
easier for little hands and when it's not in use you can fold it up to
store it away. I have always found products from Brio to be of terrific
you don't like the look of this one, have a look at the smaller loom
from Alex (pictured above right) which also looks very sturdy.
worth noting that weaving with a loom is a very popular activity with
boys as well
Buy the Brio
(pictured left) for $31.99
Buy the Alex
(pictured right) for $29.95
the range of weaving looms on Amazon
mail play set
love this felt mail play set and wasn't at all surprised to hear that
it's been very popular. The set comes with all the pieces necessary for
countless hours of play – attaching stamps to postcards,
letters and packages, then depositing them into the included mailbox to
be picked up and delivered using a drawstring mail bag.
Buy the Felt Mail Play Set
can't decide on my favourite Folkmanis puppet. One minute it's the praying
mantis, then it's
in the egg or the fantastic
caterpillar that turns
inside out to reveal a beautiful butterfly! I
also love the hermit
crab and the hairy
tarantula and, well,
the list could go on and on.
Needless to say, if you're in the market for a top quality,
personality-laden and educational puppet then think Folkmanis.
the range of Folkmanis puppets
Case from Tatiri
ever so cute stationery cases from Italian brand Tatiri come in pink or
blue and contain 15 colored pencils, a ruler, a pair
of scissors, an eraser, and a
pencil sharpener. A perfect set for budding young artists.
Buy the Stationery Case from Tatiri for
Stationery Case from Haba
cute stationery case from Haba. This one has seven jumbo coloured
pencils, 12 slim coloured pencils, a ruler, pencil sharpener and eraser.
the ABC Beetle Stationery Case from Haba
in love with these fabulous easels. They're made from three
pieces of environmentally friendly
SmartWood® and have a durable, non-toxic, water-based
finish. The easel assembles and disassembles in
minutes with no tools.
the Surfin' Kids Easel from Ecotots
stylish chalk boards are a great addition to a child's room. The chalk
board easily installs with included 3M self
adhesive. Available with Green Chalk Tray or Blue Chalk Tray.
the p3 chalkboard from NotNeutral
Gomi Activity Books
Gomi is a renowned
Japanese writer and illustrator who has created a number of fantastic
story and activity books for kids.
The books – called Doodles, Scribbles and Squiggles
kids to think outside of the square and to be creative. One
page will invite you to 'fill the trees with birds' another encourages
to 'draw a very small elephant walking across this table',
and another aks you to 'design the flag of the country of rabbits'.
The books themselves are really thick (400 pages plus) and printed on
uncoated paper – perfect for pencils, markers, paints,
crayons, charcoal, glue and pretty much anything else you can think of.
you're a creative type yourself you might want to buy two. I actually
snuck into my daughter's room one night and completed a couple of the
pages! Highly recommended.
> Buy Squiggles for $12.99
the range of Taro Gomi books
you know any children who don't enjoy making and eating cookies?
Thought not. That's why these cookie kits make such great presents.
themes make the concept even more appealling. I like the Princess Magic
kit (pictured left) and the Train Kit (pictured right). And hey, if
you have the time, why not put together your own cookie kit?
Buy the Fairy Princess
Magic Cookies Kit for Kids for $13.99
Buy the Great Train
wooden rocket kit
I love the
look of this wooden rocket kit that was recently featured in
Cookie Magazine. The kit includes everything that you need to make your
own toy rocket including wooden parts, glue, paint and paintbrush.
great crafty gift for the little astronaut in your life.
Buy the Wooden Rocket Kit for $10.00
For the Aussies
My fellow Australians. I am aware of the fact that we suffer terribly
when it comes to ordering products from overseas. If it's not the
exchange rate leaving a sour taste in our collective mouths its
the exorbitant shipping fees!
For quality creative gifts I can recommend the following Australian
Send A Toy
carry the lovely Djeco
range of paints and markers. They also have excellent stamp pads
and, my favourite, the PINTOY nature stampers.
also carry a good selection of Djeco products. They
also have beautiful painting smocks (with long sleeves) and
they stock a good range of fun craft kits including the rocket
Bee Green stocks a fabulous range
of Lyra pencils and Stockmar paints and crayons. They also have heaps
of resources for 'waldorf' style crafting. You can find a similar range
at Morning Star Crafts.