Saturday, August 17, 2013

Creative Kits & the Kids That Love Them

Gift-giving for children is hard work, especially when you’re seeking the perfect reaction; that mixture of awe, happiness, and overjoy that makes your heart leap because you’ve given something amazing. I most often see this face of pure adoration with creative kits that spark imagination and artistic interest. In my experience, kids love these, which is why they’ve made the grade for some of the best toys for 7-year olds (and beyond). The following short-list is chock full of crafty coolness for little builders, future Picassos, and potential inventors. They’re toys to stimulate essential skills and abilities, feeding the mind as well as nurturing the imagination.


Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100

For pint-size professors, this kit features 30 snap circuits of varying size, all color-coded and ready for currents to surge. The components snap-together to make over 100 different, exciting projects to fulfill every junior inventor’s scientific dreams. In my opinion, the best part is the fully illustrated, step-by-step manual! It details exactly how to make alarms, sirens, doorbells, and so much more, with just the simple snap and click of a few circuits. It also explains why each circuited combinations create those projects. Plus, kids are encouraged to forget the manual entirely after awhile, learning by simply snapping together random things for random results.

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Crayola Masterworks Art Case

These were my absolute favorite when I was a kid! Everything a budding artist could ever need is right here in this well-organized, faux wood carrying-case (complete with handy handle). The set features 200 of Crayola’s best, most vibrant products, such as crayons, markers, colored pencils, oil pastels, glitter glue, and an array of sharpeners, glue, and safety scissors for hours of creative fun. It’s one of the most artistic kits available for those miniature Van Goghs in your life. Plus, there’s no mess, as everything fits perfectly back into the designated holders inside the carrying-case.

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LEGO Bricks & More Builders of Tomorrow

This LEGO set is nothing but bricks, bricks, and… you guessed it… BRICKS! It’s perfect for those imaginative little builders that can’t get enough of coming up with their own designs and building directly from their artistic potential. Included are over 650 colorful pieces of varying sizes, and they’re all simply bricks. There are no wheels or specialty pieces, as children are encouraged to build their own from an assortment of multicolored blocks. This kit puts no limits on creativity!

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