Top 10 Art Toys
One of the best things you can give your child is a creative outlet through Art.
Art toys and Art kits have given kids and adults the tools and inspiration to express themselves through visual means.
My six-year-old daughter loves to doodle and color, finger paint and play with anything where she can be creative and make her next work of art to hang on the fridge. I’m constantly on the lookout for items that she can use to expand the love of drawing and painting and decided to share some of our favorite choices in Art toys.
Some of these are picks from my own past, where I spent hours with pencil or markers in hand when I was younger. I mean, who didn’t have an Original Spirograph?
Our Top 10 Art Toys Selections
Here are some great choices in Art Toys for your kids (and for you if you love to get creative). Promote the love of art through creativity, imagination and a little help from companies like Melissa & Doug, who have been offering great toys for over 25 years!
10) Melissa & Doug Deluxe Combo Scratch Art Kit
This Scratch Art Set is suitable for ages 5 and up, and you might need to give a little supervision to younger children until they get the hang of it.
You get 4 sheets of four different kinds of scratch paper, for a total of 12 sheets. They include Silver Scratch & Sparkle, Rainbow Black, Rainbow White, and Scratch-Lite Stained Glass Sheets.
There are 30 shapes on a stencil and 2 different point (medium & fine) stylus to use to scratch off the top layer to reveal the colorful images below.
This inexpensive kit will entertain and offer hours of fun for you and your child. There are even 3 art easels to show off your finished works.
(The image takes you to Amazon.com where the set we liked was cheaper, but you can check it out on the Melissa & Doug Website to compare prices.)
9) Darice 120-Piece Deluxe Art Set
This Darice Deluxe Art Set is suitable for ages 4 and up, and you might need to give a little supervision to younger children until they are old enough to use the materials properly.
This set has a ton of supplies for most any drawing & painting project you are working on. One of the things we love is that it comes in a sturdy case, so you can keep all of your supplies together neatly in one place. No more hunting down the markers or paints when they are needed.
This huge set includes all of the following supplies: 24 markers, 24 crayons, 24 color pencils, 24 oil pastels, 12 watercolor cakes, 2 clips, 1 white watercolor tube and 1 of each: palette, paintbrush, drawing pencil, sharpener, eraser, ruler, sponge and scissors. Just about everything you need except a blank paper or canvas to work on. (Also available in larger and smaller sets on Amazon.com)
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8) Crayola Fingerpaints Bold and Secondary Colors, 8-Count
What kid doesn’t love to get good and messy with some fingerpaints?
This set of 8 tubes by Crayola has bold and secondary colors, with enough colors to create any kids masterpiece!
Fingerpainting helps develop gross motor skills in younger children, and brings out the spark of imagination through hands on creativity.
They wash up from skin and most fabrics with just a little soap and water, so no worries on having a stained child for months. And since it is from Crayola, you know the years of quality and satisfaction their history shows.
7) 4M Magnetic Tile Art Kit
This 4M Magnetic Tile Art Kit is a great way to make personalized artworks on magnetic tiles – what better to use for hanging other art work on the refrigerator and magnetic memo boards in your child’s room.
The set comes with (10) Tiles that are just under 2″ x 2″ and (10) magnets that stick to the back of the tiles. There are paints and a brush as well, so you have everything you need to create one of a kind magnets.
We made holiday themed magnets out of ours, and gave them away to family as gifts from our daughter.
Great painting craft set and priced under $10 (at time of publishing).
6) ALEX® Toys Artist Studio Draw Like A Pro
This Alex Toys® Artist Studio Draw Like A Pro set is great to help kids get started in drawing. Using a projector and slides to assist them in learning how to trace and draw images that will allow them to create great looking people, animals, and objects.
What better way to help pass the hours on a rainy day but to set up the Draw Like A Pro set, and create and color their own masterpieces?
This awesome set uses a projector to show the images from the slides onto the paper where your child can trace the character and then color them in.
There are 124 different images on 12 slides that include some that you can use to mix and match the heads and bodies of the different people. You can even alter the sizes by raising and lowering the projection screen to make the image bigger or smaller.
This set includes the Draw Like A Pro Projector, 12 slides, 6 markers, 10 sheets of paper, and precut flip book pages, flip book clip and easy instructions. Requires 3 AA (LR-6) batteries not included.
5) Cra Z Art Magic Spinning Art Machine
This Cra Z Art Magic Spinning Art Machine is similar to a Spin Art toy I had when I was growing up. I remember all the great designs I enjoyed making and hanging on my walls.
The base has a battery operated spinning center and when you turn it on and squeeze a drop of paint it spins it to create unique one of a kind designs. There is a spray guard around the spinning part, so no mess!
The set comes with the art spinner, paint and 8 sheets of paper. There is some question as to refill paper and paint from other customers, but there is another similar spinner from ALEX Toys that does offer a refill set, and a couple of comments mentioned cutting their own refills out of various paper from copy paper to scrapbooking paper.
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4) Melissa & Doug Picture Frame Pad
When we saw this Picture Frame Pad from Melissa & Doug, we had to have it!
Great looking ‘frames’ surround the paper, so your child’s artwork and other creative projects are ready to display proudly (and look great too!)
The pad comes with 48 sheets of various styled framed paper sheets that measure 13.2 x 11 inches. There are 12 different frame designs with 4 each in a tear off pad binding.
Just imagine how good your child will feel about creating a masterpiece that is already framed! Self portraits will take on a whole new level of special on a pad that will have your child’s creations hang ready as soon as they are finished.
They are also available on Amazon.com, so you may want to check to compare for the lowest price today – Picture Frame Pad on Amazon.com.
3) Everythingland Mailbox
This Everythingland Mailbox has got to be one of the cutest art toys I have seen in a long time.
The plain white mailbox can be transformed into your child’s own custom mailbox, with paint, markers, crayons or whatever items your child wants to decorate it with.
Constructed of 100% recyclable & biodegradable sturdy corrugated cardboard, the mailbox will hold standard sized mail and stands just 24 inches tall.
Perfect for kids from 2 – 8 years old who love to get mail! Leave it inside their bedroom, play area or homework space. Would even be a great addition to Preschools and Kindergarten classrooms.
After your child decorates their very own special mailbox, you can teach them all about sending letters, thank you notes and maybe even leave them a bill for doing their laundry?
2) The Original Spirograph Deluxe Set
This drawing set has got to be one of the all time favorites for just about everyone I know. The Original Spirograph was the coolest drawing toy I ever had.
With all of the inner and outer discs and rings, the design possibilities are almost endless. I would spend hour upon hour with my colored pens and trying out all the different sizes to see what would show up on the paper next.
The Deluxe edition of The Original Spirograph has 45-pieces. It includes 19 wheels, 2 rings, 1 rack, spiro-putty, 3 pens, 14-page guide book, design paper and carry-along storage case.
It’s great to take along when visiting friends or family to keep the kids busy while you grown ups catch up. That is, if you don’t grab a pen and start drawing with the kids.
If you use it as much as I did, you’ll need a refill on the colored pens. Grab them on Amazon.com – Paper Mate InkJoy Advanced Ink Pens.
1) Sprayza Magic – Super Deluxe Set by Melissa & Doug
Sprayza is getting a lot of attention, and why shouldn’t it? This has got to be one of the coolest art toys to come out in years!
This one is on our birthday list, but it could be on any gift list because it is just that cool.
So, What exactly is Sprayza Magic?
Sprayza is a non-electronic, airbrush design kit. You just attach the blow attachment to one of the many colored Sprayza pens, and your mouth becomes an airbrush tool. How cool is that?
This is the deluxe kit, but there is also one I’m eyeing that is for creating airbrush designs on fabrics called the Sprayza Fashion Airbrush Kit, that is for creating the airbrush designs on fabric. Wouldn’t it be cool to design your own T-shirts and accessories? Yeah, I think so too. We might just have to get both sets.
The Super Deluxe Sprayza Magic kit shown at left includes 15 Sprayza pens, 4 Sprayza Magic pens, 1 Activator, 10 stencils, 20 sheets of paper and instructions.
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