There’s nothing wrong with screen time, but I like to save it up for my most desperate moments (or when I’m writing a blog post–right now my littles are enjoying some Daniel Tiger. 😉 ) That means we need some seriously engaging (and minimally messy) creativity builders to keep those little brains working. I love these ones!
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Creativity Booster Gifts for 6-8 Year Olds
1. One of the best ways to keep my kids interested in art is to provide them with lots of different mediums to work with. This Crayola Inspiration Art Case looks like a great start–markers, crayons, colored pencils, paper, and scissors all in one place! I love that it’s a reliable brand (worth it for art supplies–dollar store crayons and markers always let us down!), AND that everything can be put away easily.
2. This Melissa & Doug Drawing Pad isn’t anything fancy–just basic paper–but the binding makes it look fancier to budding artists without costing M0m & Dad more than a couple dollars.
3. This Star Wars Doodle Book is on our wish list for this year–more than a coloring book, it has partially completed illustrations to get kids drawing on their own.
4. Anything LEGO is always a win at our house. They’re fun to build AND play pretend with, and they come in a range of sizes and hit every price point.The LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box is a great starter set, with lots of different pieces in all shapes, sizes, and colors.
Even better, they have all kinds of tie-ins with favorite characters and films (so they can PLAY the movie without using up that precious screen time!) Star Wars fans (like mine) can build this mini LEGO Star Wars AT-AT (only $10!) or you can size up and get the LEGO Tie Fighter for around $55. Princesses will enjoy building the LEGO Frozen Sparkling Ice Castle (we have this one!).
5. Crafting and creativity is often aimed at girls, but I love to see my son making things with his hands. This Alex Toys Paper Airplane Kit looks like the perfect combination of art and play. (Also, my husband got a paper airplane calendar last year and HE loved it, too!)
6. & 7. The Alex Toys Embroidery Kit and Alex Toys Butterfly Needlepoint kit (only $6.50!) are great starting points for kids interested in learning how to work with their hands. My 2nd-grader likes to work on needlepoint while we sit in church on Sunday. It’s a way for her to keep her hands busy but her ears open. 🙂
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