Gifts for Kids: Giving a Gift of Creativity

Some of the most thoughtful gifts I have ever received from friends have been materials for activities I can do together with my girls. I love the idea of giving the gift of shared experiences…almost as much as I love giving children (and parents) the gift of creativity! A basket or box of fun art materials, paper and some creative inspiration makes a fabulous gift for the child, but also for the whole family.
Time to Create: Gift Ideas for Creative Kids

What would I include in such a gift? Here are 10 suggestions from my own list of favourite art making materials!

1. Paints: Whether it be child friendly acrylics for younger children or a watercolour palette for older children, paints are a must!

2. Paintbrushes

3. Oil pastels: Chunky ones for littlies and regular oil pastels for bigs!

4. Child friendly felt tipped markers for kids of all ages, Sharpies for school aged kids

5. Pavement chalk

6. Paper: Pads of large sheets of paper, a roll of craft paper and visual art diaries are all great

7. Playdough: homemade (here’s my favourite homemade playdough recipe) or store bought

8. An art apron

9. A mess making mat or tablecloth

10. A copy of my book, Time to Create: Hands On Explorations in Process Art for Young Children! Available with free delivery worldwide from The Book Depository. Or via Amazon, Amazon UK or Barnes & Noble online.