GIFT GUIDE // Creative Play

01 //  You’ve got mail! Lil’ Mib (message in a box) is a different kind of noisemaker. A handheld voice recorder with a pitch control knob that allows you to change the sound of your voice to get extra laughs and a red flag you can raise to let someone know there's a message waiting.


02 //  One of a kind… just like your little one. Tokketok’s Blank Canvas Notebook lets you carry and share your child’s masterpiece anywhere you go. The blank cover with gold foil provides endless possibilities to personalize it just for you or as a gift for someone special. Interior blank pages are perfect for organizing your to-do list, journaling, or creating your own wok of art.


03 //  Unplug your kiddo with this set of 24 Crayola Watercolor Pencils. Just a little bit of water turns line art into a watercolor painting. These pencils can be used in a variety of dry and wet techniques like painting over with a wet brush, dipping pencils in water or pre-wetting the paper.


04 //  So much more than a dollhouse. With over 350 pieces and a full-color booklet of idea starters, the GoldieBlox Invention Mansion gives your little architect the tools to get started building while encouraging tinkering and creative exploration.


05 //  Imagine a bib that your kids will want to wear. The MixedPears Suitables Role Play Bib is more of a costume than a bib. Encourage imaginative pretend play at mealtime, playtime, or anytime. Continuously printed soft-touch fabric with elastic cuffs and an adjustable no-snag velcro neck help to keep your kiddo clean in the messiest of situations.


06 //  Good, clean fun! ezpz’s Flower Play Mat suctions directly to the table, making it difficult for little hands to tip over. This play mat is perfect for painting, LEGO® sorting, jewelry making, or drawing with markers and crayons. Made of high quality silicone that is BPA free and food safe, it’s a perfect base for a sundae bar, taco building station and cookie decorating. Check out ezpz’s Happy Mat as well to help set the right mood for a positive mealtime experience.


07 //  The Toysmith Nature Kaleidoscope Kit creates a fun and functional kaleidoscope that draws its beauty directly from nature. The kit includes parts to create an 8.5-inch kaleidoscope, plus colored pencils and two nature drawings that can be colored and used as wrappers. A variety of natural objects are included that can be used as the basis for the kaleidoscope: dried flowers, polished gemstones, glass marbles and minerals. The kaleidoscope can be taken apart and re-filled with new objects as desired.


08 //  Art Workshop for Children is not just another book of straightforward art projects. The book's unique child-led approach provides a framework for cultivating creative thinking and encourages the wonder that comes when children are allowed to freely explore the creative process and their materials. As children work through these open-ended workshops, adults are guided on how to be guides who provide questions, encourage deep thinking, and help spark an excitement for discovery.


09 //  Challenge your child's imagination with the 4M Doodling Robot. Perfect for any young scientist, this fun robotics kit uses the vibration and spin generated by its motor to create works of art. Adjust the angle and height of the robot's colored pens to make new patterns. Not only does this kit foster creativity and teach mechanical principles, it's an excellent opportunity to show kids how toys are assembled and function. Pro-tip: try operating it inside a container like a tray or jelly roll pan.


10 //  A great way to help kids learn color theory is through this interactive kit that provides everything you need to make 28 color markers. With the Crayola Marker Maker you can create your own custom color markers with wacky tips in minutes. Use the mixing guide or make up your own colors. Watch as the marker core magically draws in the ink, and then click it together to finish your own custom marker!


11 //  Taking building blocks to a whole new level. These tiny pieces of awesomeness are designed to fit plastic bricks like LEGO® and MEGA BLOKS®. Unlike regular stickers, BrickStix Reusable Stickers have a special adhesive that won’t leave any residue behind when removed and repositioned. Add a watchdog to your city, stick an alien aboard your spaceship or put a dent in a car. Kids can change their Stix as often as they change their mind.


12 //  Is your cuddle-bug an aspiring shutterbug? Your little one can take real digital photographs with the kid-friendly VTech Kidizoom Camera Pix. It includes all the tools that budding photographers want in a digital camera, plus durable design that protects from drops and tumbles. This camera includes a selfie mode that detects your face and automatically takes the perfect picture; four built-in games add to the fun; a video recorder and voice recorder for more creative ways to play. Available in pink as well.

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