Tag: art supplies

7 surprising ways BabbaBox makes a cool gift for kids

If your kids are like mine, then getting something in the mail with their name on it completely makes their day. However when it’s filled with arts, crafts, and everything you need to make them, well, I’m pretty sure it would make their year. We’ve been long time fans of BabbaBox, now our newest sponsor (yay!), so we already know that their amazing activity boxes for kids 3-6 make the perfect gift. Here, just a few ways to think of it that you might not have considered.{Don’t miss the exclusive discount and two great giveaways after the jump} 1....

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Solar-powered crafting

I spend a lot of time lately telling my kids about the “dangers of the sun” as I apply yet another layer of SPF 30+. But this weekend, we spent a lot of time talking about the cool art that the sun can make with this creative new kit from CMP favorite Eye Can Art. Their new Fabric Sun Photo Kit is a great way to to flex those creative muscles in between beach days. What makes this kit so special is that, like so many of Eye Can Art’s kits, instead of telling kids what to make, it tells...

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Amazing kids’ craft kits that we might steal ourselves

This past week on a trip with a few families, I was so glad we had a few little art projects for rainy days or just quiet (forced) downtime. If you’re not familiar with Todd Oldham’s awesome craft collection, Kid Made Modern, it’s a wonderful one-stop-shop for that kind of stuff. Plus now, Target has a whole Kid Made Modern craft collection with some really creative, affordable ideas that expand the collection. I feel like a kid in a candy store browsing the Kid Made Modern craft kits–from basics like glitter paints, gorgeous colored pencils and even duct tape...

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Birthday gifts for 5-year-old girl? Reader Q&A

I need a birthday gift idea for my soon-to-be 5-year-old daughter. She has tons of Barbies, tons of clothes – she is a girly girl and loves all things to do with painting nails, wearing girly stuff. I feel like we have way too many toys and clothes. What else is new and fun for a 5-year-old girl? -Laurinda I have two basic categories for kids who already have a lot of toys: consumable/craft gifts and games that inspire imagination, and then toys get them outside and active–and can hopefully be stored in the garage! Oh, make that three...

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The perfect pre-K gift for your new graduate (sniffle)

I didn’t expect to have tears streaming down my face at the very idea that my baby girl would soon graduate from pre-K, but here I am–and here they are. How did she get so big? But despite the unexpected sniffles and “but she was just born two days ago!” feelings, I’m every inch the proud mama–especially because she’s so proud. So I was happy to find the perfect pre-K gift for my new little graduate. Meet the Crayola Doodlebag at Two Blue Peas. The cool bag is filled with chalk, an eraser, crayons, a pad of paper, and a...

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Creating chalk roads with 100% fewer backaches

Around the same time our daffodils appear, the kids drag their big bucket of chalk out onto our driveway to create an elaborate chalk city. And while I love that we all get out into the fresh air, have you ever tried to help draw a road with a 4-inch piece of chalk on a l-o-n-g piece of asphalt? It’s a wonder I can walk upright again. But, now I’ve found a super-handy tool that makes the creation of these roads for their city almost as much fun as playing on it. And certainly less back-hurty. {Keep reading for...

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You oughta draw on pictures

From the moment they could successfully maneuver a crayon, my kids have loved open-ended coloring books like Taro Gomi’s finish-the-picture Scribbles book. So, it’s no surprise that they adore a new rules-free coloring book with an interesting twist: Instead of finishing drawings, they are actually invited to draw around photos. {keep reading for your chance to win a copy} Created by photographer and teacher M.J. Bronstein, Fotoplay! is a fun blend of realism and fantasy, with enough pages to keep even the most productive artists busy for many rainy days or on long summer road trips. Each one of...

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3 new monthly gift subscriptions for kids that keep on giving

With three kids and an ever-growing number of nieces and nephews, it seems like I’m on the lookout for a “wow” birthday gift every month, and a monthly gift subscription is always a great idea. In the past, we’ve lauded the genius of Kiwi Crate craft projects, or the Little Passports “pen pal” subscription series for future travelers. Now, there are 3 more monthly gift subscriptions for kids as young as three that will have your recipient thinking you are the coolest gift-giver ever. Over and over again. -Christina BABBABOX SUBSCRIPTIONS The new BabbaBox from BabbaCo is a super-special...

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Natural craft supplies that are as beautiful as what your kids create

As a mom, some of my fondest moments with my kids are creating arts and crafts together.  I’ve never met a kid that doesn’t like to get their little hands involved in a project–all the more reason I care about what ends up on those little hands. Introducing GLOB, makers of creative and beautiful craft supplies that are naturally made. The  paints and crayons all come from natural and biodegradable materials–even the paint cups are compostable.  So my kids will not only get a lesson in art, but one in conservation.   I also love that GLOB specializes in botanically crafted...

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The best arts and crafts storage solutions – Reader Q&A

My apartment has been taken over by art supplies! I want to hold on to many of the supplies and keep them in an organized manner…if this this possible with a 3 year and 5 year old. –Holly   Hi Holly, With three of my own little artists, I can empathize! It’s easy for a small space to be quickly overrun byall those supplies–not to mention the results of your kids’ artistic labor. Here are some of my favorite ideas for storing art supplies and projects. Ikea’s Expedit bookcase (at top) is my hands-down favorite for art-supply storage, holding...

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A coloring book to inspire art, creativity and belly laughs

A little bit Shel Silverstein, a little bit Mo Willems, a little bit Seuss, a little bit Lemony Snicket, and a little bit Taro Gomi. If those names–especially together–sound like your idea of heaven on paper, then you’re going to love this awesome new coloring book for kids from Calef Brown. Dragon, Robot, Gatorbunny (yes, Gatorbunny is one thing, not two) has the subhead Pick one, draw it, make it funny! and that should give you a good sense of why your kids will never want to put it down. This wonderfully imaginative book from the illustrator of my...

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Rubber stamp out boring Valentine’s cards

My four year-old can spend an entire afternoon playing with rubber stamps. And I must admit, I never thought of using them much myself until watching her and seeing some of the results. (She’s good!) So when I came across Mollie Flatley’s Etsy shop packed with the lovely handmade rubber stamps, I was lured right in. I especially love this triple rose rubber stamp from Norajane, which would be a perfect way to decorate Valentine’s cards in a few weeks, but would still be great for weddings, birthday cards, and anniversaries all year round. There’s a heart doily stamp...

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Beastly and silly coloring fun? Yes, please.

Open ended coloring books are simply divine. They give children (and adults–I admit, I love to color!) just enough of a prompt to get things going. The finished pages from your kids are pure magic. In the case of My Beastly Book of Silly Things: 150 ways to doodle, scribble, color and draw, the pages keep getting more and more awesome.  Draw owners that look like their dogs, a boy and his boogers, and more, more, more. This is not your ordinary coloring book.  Author/illustrator Vincent Boudgourd has such a unique style that is equal parts imagination and whimsy....

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A portable easel for whenever inspiration strikes

My kids are what you might call serious artists. No they aren’t selling their paintings for thousands, they just can’t leave the house without a bunch of arts and crafts stuff–just in case inspiration hits in the minivan, I suppose. Fortunately, one of our favorite brands for neatly-designed, high-quality kids’ toys has come up with a portable easel for an artistic playspace on-the-go Long-time CMP favorite B. Toys’ Take it Easel—gotta love their creative product names—pops up to be a two-sided magnetic easel with a whiteboard on one side and blackboard on the other. Hooray for families with two...

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Your kid: The next Paul Klee

I’ve tried to encourage my tween’s intense love of all things art since she was a wee thing. To fuel her fire, we have loads of art books from “open-ended” coloring books like Rosie Flo’s and those by Taro Gomi, to more academic tomes with pages of famous artwork from which she can draw (heh) inspiration. Our latest find brings together the free drawing she loves with the works of some of the world’s most famous artists, and it is the perfect addition to any young artist’s studio, even if that “studio” is also your dining room table. Let’s...

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Kiwi Crate: Surprise! Supplies!!!

If you’ve seen our posts about Birchbox for beauty junkies, Foodzie tasting box for gourmands, and most recently, the Umba box for all kinds of mamas, you’ll recognize that monthly subscriptions are all the rage. And now, there’s one meant just for our kids, that you’re going to love as much as they do. Welcome to the world, Kiwi Crate! Kiwi Crate, just launched this week, is a wonderful new subscription service for kids, created by parents. Each month, you’ll receive at least two inspired activities and materials designed to get them to create and explore. Just in time for winter....

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4 great craft gifts for kids. Instructions optional.

Maybe it’s because I am so lacking in the artistic/crafty gene, but I’ve always preferred arts-and-craft kits that call for a heavy dose of imagination. In other words, I could never get my final product to look anything like the picture on the box. For all those kids like me, I’ve pulled together a few new craft projects for when you’re feeling super crafty, or happy to make something that’s nothing like what you expected. –Christina My sister can turn a cardboard box into an architectural marvel, though I think she’s going to be impressed when she sees what...

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Back to school shopping – green school supplies

 We’ve always had a heart for green school supplies for our kids, ever since we knew such a thing even existed.While they’ll never be as cheap as what you find at the big mall stores, grab a couple you love and teach the kids a lesson in eco-conservation right in their own backpacks. Recycled Cardboard Pencil SharpenersThese German-made pencil sharpeners are nifty, and the wildlife graphics are adorable. ($5 at Stubby Pencil Studio / 15% off with code CMPSAVE15 until 8/31/1)[see 9 more great picks and some nice discounts after the jump!] Eco Glue Sticks It’s kind of nice not to...

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The Doodle Roll unrolls before your kids unravel

My handbag is sort of a Mom’s Swiss Army Knife. Need a Band-Aid? Got it. Hungry? I’ve got some mints in here somewhere. But when we get stuck waiting somewhere and the kids are threatening to mutiny out of sheer boredom, it turns out that drawing on the back of old receipts isn’t all that much fun. Enter a cool new coloring kit that all three of my kids can use at once, doesn’t take up more room than my wallet and stays neat and easy to reach when the doctor’s office is running 45 minutes behind. {keep reading...

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Pop art for tots

If you know kidrobot, then you know its team of artists create masterpieces of culture. Lots of words have been used to describe the appeal, and I love all of them: quirky, pop-art, Warholesque, cartoonish, comical….the list goes on. There are even a few of their toys on display at MOCA in NY. Well, now it’s your child’s turn. My kids dig Dunny, kidrobot’s creature (monster? robot? animal?) that absolutely takes on a life of its own once the artist gets her hands on it. Now there’s also Munny, Dunny’s friend with smaller ears. With some markers and a...

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