Tag: art supplies

5 edible finger paint recipes for artists who find their work delicious

My nephew isn’t quite a year old yet, but his artistic parents sense that he is ready to express himself through finger paints–probably because of the messes he makes when left alone with a bowl of cereal. And while real paint isn’t a great idea for a child who wants to taste test everything, there are lots of fun and colorful finger paint recipes for edible finger paints that are just as much fun for sampling as they are for painting. At top, our own Stacie at One Hungry Mama shows how easy it is to use thick plain Greek yogurt to make...

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11 totally cool Sugru ideas

So, if someone told you there was a product that might totally change your life in the coolest of ways, you’d be interested, right? Me too. And when I noticed a friend raving about Sugru on her Facebook page, I had to learn more. So, in the name of research, I decided to find out what Sugru was all about. And I’ve slowly been sticking it to everything I can imagine ever since. With astounding results. Sugru is a self-setting rubber product. What does that mean, exactly? It’s a squishy, plasticine-like substance that bonds to almost anything and cures...

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Art and science merge beautifully for kids with Chemistry Crayon Labels

When I was a kid, we called the deep purple crayon plain ol’ Violet. Then it was Purple Mountains’ Majesty. Now it can be Titanium (III) Ti3+(aq). Because these Chemistry Crayon Labels turn that 64-count box of childhood’s favorite art medium into a fun lesson about the chemicals that make up every color. Whether you want a simple 8-pack or are as anxious as a baking soda volcano to splurge on the jumbo 120-pack, the Chemistry Crayon Labels from QueInteresante on Etsy come color-coded to match each crayon. Simply peel the labels off and stick them on your crayons, and hopefully...

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16 of the most adorable Easter basket gift ideas for kids: It’s raining bunnies and chicks!

Make your kids’ Easter baskets a hundred times more adorable by adding some playful chicks and bunnies to your list of Easter basket gift ideas for kids–of course along with some of our favorite Easter candy and Easter-themed gifts. Our recos are almost entirely indie-made, and we promise that none of them include a five-foot purple stuffed rabbit. Though we can’t guarantee that won’t be the grandparents’ pick.     Wee Gallery’s new set of 12 animal kids’ animal tattoos makes a nice alternative to more candy in the basket. Featuring a bunny, dog, and cat, they may end up on the...

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Kiwi Crate joins Target, making kids’ craft kits more accessible

The Kiwi Crate monthly activity kit subscriptions and kids’ craft kits have been among my favorite go-to birthday gifts for kids for the past few years. So I’m thrilled to learn that Kiwi Crate is now as close as the shelves of my neighborhood Target. Birthday party in three hours? I can swing by for four exclusive Kiwi Creativity Crates and be ready to go without spending thirty minutes aimlessly wandering the toy aisle with one of my kids. I especially appreciate that Kiwi Crate’s only-at-Target offerings remain as appealing to boys and girls, and as fun as all of their...

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Clever, creative storage solutions for 10 tricky storage problems from LEGOs to jewelry.

Now that my house is overflowing with too many toys (thanks to very generous grandparents), it’s time for some serious storage solutions. I’m desperate for some organization for all those Rainbow Loom bands, LEGO pieces and  American Girl doll clothes, just to name a few. So, here’s a list of some of our favorite storage ideas, from kids’ stuff to your stuff. Storage Solutions for LEGOs (above) The one toy our readers keep trying to figure out how to best store are their LEGO collections. Do you sort by color? By kit? All in one huge bin, which gets...

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Best gifts for 8-year-old boys: ideas that will get a big “wow.” Reader Q & A

What are the best gifts for an 8-year-old boy? I’m looking for a big gift, in the $50-$100 range. —CMP reader, via Twitter   Oh, you mean the kind of gift that makes a child pause while unwrapping, shout out with glee, and rush over to give you a big hug? Well, small gifts can do that too, but on the splurgier side, here are some of our favorites according to our own sons — and by the way, according to our daughters, all these cool kids’ gifts would be great for girls, too. Just note we stayed away...

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Stocking stuffer alert: Rx Art coloring books support kids most in need of art.

A coloring book can make a fantastic holiday gift for kids: It doesn’t require batteries, it’s portable for the trip home, and you can start using it right away. Now here’s a new one that’s fantastic for another reason besides the fact that it’s just so darn cool. We’ve written about Little Collector before, a great shop whose artwork from major artists supports the nonprofit Rx Art which gets amazing pieces into hospitals and facilities whose patients can use a little inspiration. Their new Rx Art Coloring Book Vol IV was designed by Matt Murphy Design and underwritten by Warby Parker (yay,...

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New photo gifts for kids: The ultimate vanity project. Not that that’s a bad thing.

My kids love nothing more than looking at photos of themselves. In fact, if I’m hard pressed to find something to amuse them in the waiting room at the doctor’s office or on the train, my go-to source is the camera roll on my iPad. Now if only there was a way to get them to do something meaningful with their vanity. Enter the new photo puzzles and drawing pad from one of our favorite sites for gorgeous personalized photo gifts, Pinhole Press. When it comes to creative and cool ways to display photos, Pinhole Press is a great destination....

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Cool school supplies: Back to School Guide 2013

While we love the annual ritual of picking out a new backpack or fun lunch box to start the school year, there’s something about finding just a few cool school supplies for our kids that remind us that school isn’t just about homework and tests. Well, okay, sometimes it is about homework and tests; but at least they can do them with a nifty pen stored in a super cool case, right? We’ve narrowed it down to 20 of the very coolest school supplies we’ve found to help students express their individuality and style. Enjoy! Set of 4 Rainbow...

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A DIY family craft kit for everyone–even ninjas!

We can pick our friends, our noses, but not our families. But thanks to this kit? We can pick exactly what the fam looks like and what they’re wearing. Including ninja relatives. Here’s what I love so much about this DIY Fair Trade Wooden Family Craft Kit from our pals at the Brooklyn Makers Shop: no matter who’s in your family, you can paint ’em. You can paint two moms, two dads, grandparents, or a mom and dad. You can paint the four smaller dolls as kids of different ages, friends, pets, or, yes, ninjas. And you’re not limited in...

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Thumb doodling: May the Creative Force be with you and your kids

Luke has the Force and a lightsaber. Your kid has fingers and some ink. And now they can rule the universe together…or at least make some cool art. The Star Wars Thumb Doodles book from Klutz is exactly what it sounds like. The kit includes four ink pads, a black marker, and a dual-color tipped pencil that looks like a lightsaber. Kids can follow the simple step-by-step directions right on the page to produce oodles of doodles of Star Wars characters. Ewoks, Wookiees, Jedi, aliens, and Jabba are all on the list, and there’s plenty of room in the...

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8 of the coolest personalized gifts that there’s still time to get for Christmas!

Whether you’re down to the last present on your list or still only just getting started (ahem), you don’t have to panic. There’s still time to order super-cool gifts that are–get this!–personalized, so no one will ever know that you didn’t buy them weeks ago. Here are some of our favorites. –Lexi We like this affordable little peronalized rockstar coin pouch from Psychobaby so much, we included it in the CMP holiday gift guide. And you have until 12/17 to order (via 2nd day shipping).  Personalized pocket mirrors from Olliegraphic sport your kid’s name–and you can choose the hair...

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The perfect gift for the kid whose power is super-coloring

If you–like me–have a little one who has become so devoted to all things “super” that you have to call breakfast “super-Cheerios” and explain that bedtime is the only way to recharge super-batteries, then I guarantee this is a truly super present. These personalized superhero crayons at Cio Prints are the perfect way to a) indulge your kiddo’s penchant for all things super and b) do so without any licensed characters to speak of.  What I really love about the crayons–besides the fact that you can get both super boy and super girl versions–is that they’re personalized in lots...

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Finally! Crayons for every skin tone

Recently we found a wonderful pin on Pinterest that our followers loved too–an editorial photo of a dozen shades of crayons all labeled flesh. Awesome!  We’ve been actively trying to track down the creator of the photo (any help is welcome). And it’s not just a pic: we’re delighted to see that you can indeed buy fleshtone crayons from Crayola now. Gone are the days of one-skin-fits-all, icky peachy-orange. Now, it’s not like they’re perfect–I have yet to see a snow-white person who wasn’t made up for kabuki theater, and I have yet to see a shiny licorice-black person,...

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Special delivery: awesome DIY cardboard toys for kids

When I was a kid, my father ran a factory and on the rare special evening he would come home with big cardboard boxes for my sister and I to play with. I have memories of late nights setting up giant playhouses in the basement where we spent hours cutting, decorating, coloring and making it all our own. I had kind of forgotten about that feeling until I was introduced to Metamorphic Toys. Metamorphic Toys is a green toy company that provides kids creative freedom by enabling their imaginations through design. We’ve featured cardboard DIY toys before, like this cardboard playtown, an...

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Welcome to The Studio: a brilliant resource for budding artists, scientists, chefs and their parents

It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Kiwi Crate here at CMP. We love the concept: a subscription service for kids that sends out monthly boxes filled with superfun, educational activities. But now, we can also benefit from the creative minds behind the wonderful Kiwi Crate kits without spending a dime.  The Studio is a brand new online directory that’s packed with more than 500 projects, recipes and activity ideas to keep your family’s creative juices flowing. I’m already obsessing over all the Halloween ideas. My kids would go batty (heh) for the 3D Yarn Spider Web.  But The Studio’s...

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Personalized notebooks for your superkid at a super amazing price

I do a whole lot of roleplaying with my daughter. Whether we’re reading books or playing dolls, my daughter assigns us our roles: “That’s you mommy, and that’s me!” She loves to picture herself in whatever imaginary world we visit. So imagine her elation when I presented her with a beautiful sketchbook–with a character customized to look just like her. I was already a big fan of the folks that created these wonderful personalized birthday books, and wow, they continue to impress. Paper Hat Press now creates personalized notebooks and sketchbooks customized with your kid’s resemblance and name. So now little Caden’s notebook won’t be...

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Get crafty, young grasshopper, with 3D puzzle sculptures

The cooler weather is setting in, so I’m already on the hunt for inside activities that will save my hide come winter. I admit I’m pretty picky about what crafty goodness makes the grade at our house, so when I heard about green 3D puzzles that the kiddos could build and color, I was all ears. {Keep reading for an exclusive CMP discount on 3D puzzles!} The eco-friendly Urban Canvas 3D puzzles are created from recycled cardboard that is reusable (honest!) and durable enough to be constructed and destructed. The pieces are also reversible, with a funky preprinted pattern on one side. The...

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32 Ways to Dress a Fox? Is that a personal challenge?

I’m smitten with kittens–of the fox and rabbit variety. And piglets, too. If you like open-ended, simple, beautiful activity books that leave plenty of room for imagination and fun, then you’ll want to buy all three.  That’s a total of 96 outfits, by the way. More than I have in my closet. Just saying. Each sweet new Activity Book from CMP favorite Wee Gallery includes 32 pages of artsy fun. Each image is slightly different, with head, hands, feet, and tail rarin’ for dress-up fun, plus occasional accessories added to help spark imagination. Whether you’re looking to dress a...

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