There’s nothing like having the excuse of the holidays to splurge on fun toys, games and gifts for your kids.
But let’s keep it real… It’s easy to get carried away and go overboard! And then the kids get focused on all. the. things. So the least we can do is be intentional about the gifts we give. Which is why this year all of my top gift ideas for kids support and encourage their natural curiosity and creativity. Because we all want to keep them this awesomely curious and creative as long as possible, right? Let’s check ’em out…
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The ULTIMATE Gift Guide for Curious Creative Kids
Arts & Craft Supplies for Creative Kids:
Of course, I’m starting this gift guide with arts and craft supplies! What creative kid doesn’t love doing arts and crafts? Check out my favorites for arts and crafts gifts…
OOLY Unique Unicorns Stationery KitOOLY Creatibles DIY ErasersLeft Right CrayonsOoly Make No Mistake Erasable MarkersOOLY DIY Cover SketchbookOOLY Oil Pastel Twisty Stix3D Colorables – Unicorn Shield & SwordOOLY, The Paper Works SketchbookChunkies Paint Sticks
Imaginative & Pretend Play Creative Kids Will LOVE:
There’s nothing quite like pretend play to help kids explore their world (the real one and the make-believe one) and their evolving role in it. And dramatic play is great for developing social skills, practicing emotional regulation, and expanding curiosity and creativity. Here are my favorite toys that encourage pretend play…
Melissa & Doug Wooden Grocery Store and Lemonade StandMelissa & Doug Fresh Mart Grocery Store Play Food & Play SetMelissa & Doug Toy Shopping Cart500-Piece Building Flakes SetRocket Ship Play TentLittle Experimenter Night Vision Binoculars
STEaM and STEM Toys & Gifts for Kids:
I know how tempting it is to keep your kids from tech in order to encourage more hands-on learning and creativity. But I think moderation and balance are a better tech plan for raising curious & creative kids. And I believe the right tech can actually promote learning and creativity, too. One great way of making tech more beneficial for our kids is to integrate it with science, engineering, and math (STEM) and even with art, too (STEaM). Check out these STEaM and STEM toys and gifts that will keep your child curious and creative and not just vegging out…
SmartLab Toys Smart Circuits Games & Gadgets Electronics LabOffBitsSmartLab Toys Archi-TECH Electronic Smart House (62 Piece)Maze O 52 Piece STEM Starter Set – The Mighty Maze Maker!The Learning Journey Code and Learn! LadybugThe Learning Journey Code and Learn! Ladybug – on AmazonThe Learning Journey Techno Gears Marble Mania Zany Trax – on AmazonThe Learning Journey Techno Gears Marble Mania Zany TraxSmart Lab Toys Bug PlaygroundScience X: SmartscopeCircuit Mania – RocketCircuit Mania – Flower
Super Cool Games and Puzzles for Kids:
I love that my three kids are starting to get into board games, card games, and puzzles. Kids games and puzzles offer such great opportunities for social skills practice and learning. Check out our favorites this year…
Fun Fashion for Cool Creative Kids:
Or, treat your curious and creative kid to some fun accessories or clothing gifts. Here are some picks we love…
Kids Handle It Rain BootsKids’ Crocs Fun Lab Creature ClogKids’ Crocs Fun Lab Playful Patches ClogsBoys Dinosaur Gentleman SetHongshilian Kids’ Cotton Striped TeeSockStory Happy Colorful Dog SocksGSVIBK Kid Girls Cotton Dress\UWESPRING Spring JacketColorful Brain Science And Art T-Shirt
Fun Kits & Subscriptions for Curious Creative Kids:
How about getting your child a gift that inspires them to do something creative or educational? Some of the following creative kids’ gifts even offer monthly subscriptions. Check ’em out…
Superpower Academy: “Secret Missions” for Social and Emotional LearningMail Order Mystery: Adventure and Intrigue Delivered Right to Your DoorPipsticks: Subscription for Sticker LoversJust My Style Bath Bomb Maker by Horizon Group USACreative Roots Mosaic Butterfly Stepping Stone by Horizon Group USAGreen Kid Craft Discovery BoxCodespark Academy
Curious and Creative Kids Need Books!
And, last but never least… books! Of course, we all know that our kids can’t have enough books to encourage their developing literacy skills and ever-expanding curiosity. Here are our top picks for children’s books and kids activity books for creative kids…
Kawaii Doodle Class: Sketching Super-Cute Tacos, Sushi, Clouds, Flowers, Monsters, Cosmetics, and MoreDraw Your Own Comic BookAnimation Lab for Kids: Fun Projects for Visual Storytelling and Making Art MoveIlluminature: Discover 180 Animals with your Magic Three Color LensHow to Build a Car: A high-speed adventure of mechanics, teamwork, and friendshipClay Lab for Kids: 52 Projects to Make, Model, and Mold with Air-Dry, Polymer, and Homemade ClayDIY Circus Lab for Kids: A Family- Friendly Guide for Juggling, Balancing, Clowning and Show-MakingJust Add Color: Circus: 30 Original Illustrations To Color, Customize, and HangTangle Art and Drawing Games for Kids: A Silly Book for Creative and Visual ThinkingThe School of Art: Learn How to Make Great Art with 40 Simple LessonsDrawing Comics Lab: 52 Exercises on Characters, Panels, Storytelling, Publishing & Professional PracticesColor-by-Number: Around the World50 Things You Should Know About InventionsCavern of Clues: Be a hero! Create your own adventure to uncover Black Beard’s gold (Math Quest)Creaturepedia Activity Book: with 30 drawing activities, 50 stickers and a fold-out scene to color in!Solve a Crime (You Do the Math)Play, Make, Create, A Process-Art Handbook: With 65 Art Invitations for KidsMy Big, Crazy Drawing & Doodle Book: An interactive adventure with more than 100 creative ideas for tons of doodling funAnimals in Art: Art from the StartMy First Book of Feminism (for Boys)A Walk in the Woods: Into the Field GuideShark-tastic! (Science with Stuff)Superstar Dogs: Easy Tricks for Amazing DogsLulu the Broadway MouseEveryday Magic for Kids: 30 Amazing Magic Tricks That You Can Do AnywhereThe Kids’ Book of Hand Lettering: 20 Lessons and Projects to Decorate Your WorldPocketdoodles for KidsLittle Leonardo’s Fascinating World of EngineeringLittle Leonardo’s Fascinating World of MathStitching with Jane Foster: Easy press-out patterns to cross-stitch and sew (Kids Craft Book)
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