Sort of like kleenex, because cellophane used to be trademarked but isn’t any longer so you can now say cellophane all you like. Cellophane, cellophane, cellophane. You’ll get (48) sheets of 12” square cellophane, a dozen each in red, yellow, green and blue, for teaching kids color mixing. But feel free to use them for anything. Includes instructions for making your own color paddle.
It's the classic Spirograph®, which is a lot of intricate round mandala-like designs floating around out there. Celebrate with one of our spirographic specials. You pick: the Travel Spirograph® in a flip-lid case with a 2-3/8" ID ring in the lid and (4) assorted wheels, a cross, an oblate spheroid, red and blue pens, a design guide and a 24-sheet pad of 3" square paper; the Original Spirograph®, an 11-piece set in a storage tin, complete with 3-11/16" OD ring, (6) assorted wheels, rectangle, oval rail, 24-sheet pad of 5" x 7" paper, red and blue pens, design booklet and reusable putty to hold down the paper; or the Deluxe Spirograph® with (19) assorted wheels, (2) rings, an oval rail, oblate spheroid, triangle, red and blue and green pens, a reusable putty to hold the paper, a 14-page design book and a 20-sheet pad of 8-1/2" x 11" paper.
The original Spirograph® company presents more spirographing than you can shake a pencil at with this jam-packed shapes kit. Includes (2) 24-page hexagonal pads; square, triangular and circular rings at 5-1/4”; fine-line pens in red, blue and green; assorted wheels including ellipse, hexagon, pentagon, square, star, heart, barrel, shield, egg, teardrop and trapezoid; plus a 14-page design guide. Could tie a geometrically inclined kid up for years.
Sunprints (or cyanotypes, or photograms) are everyone's favorite photo-sensitivity experiment, from third-graders to graphic artists and fine artists. You pick: The Sunprinters are a dozen 3-15/16" square sheets of photosensitive paper, an acrylic backing sheet and instructions. The large Sunprint Kit has (15) sheets of 12" x 7-3/4" photosensitive paper plus a clear acrylic sheet of the same size. Great for classroom demonstrations, and can be used to make prints from photo negatives as well as interesting effects from opaque or translucent objects. All you add is sunshine and water.
From the official Sharpie® people, this set has (20) fade-, water- and smear-resistant markers: (10) fine point in blue, green, yellow, neon yellow, tangerine, both neon and leg-warmer orange, hot pink, red and brown; plus (10) ultra-fine point markers in black, navy, techno and nano blue, aqua, green, orange and optic orange, magenta and jellie pink. They’re for coloring the 12-page aquatic-themed coloring book. (Be assured that when it’s all filled in you’re permitted to color non-ichthyological things indefinitely with the same markers.)
No need to limit the numbers you paint by. These kits all include 8” x 6” canvases, (6) acrylic paint pots, a #2 brush, color key and guide, plus tips for blending colors--a major improvement in the paint-by-numbers game. Packaging is also an easel, and becomes a self-adhesive hanger, which gives you a big leg up on the original artists. You pick: Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Sunflowers or Monet’s The Japanese Footbridge.
Everything’s better in a can (or on a stick) and this creativity kit proves it. You’ll get over (50) pieces of, well, assorted stuff to create whole new creatures. Includes hunks of clay, chenilles, feathers, pompons, googly eyes, cardboard body parts, foam tape, Styrofoam, glue and a little wind-up walking mechanism so your creations can be mobile.
From Creativity for Kids®, these DIY kits call for assembly and decoration, and have everything you need, including glue, paint and brushes. You pick: the Bitty Bobble Duo is a pair of 3” tall bobbleheads, a kitty and puppy, for kids age 6+; the wooden Pirate Ship has a Jolly Roger sail and will be about 6-1/2” long when done, for ages 5+; the Shrinky Fairies are a trio of 4-1/2” tall fairies with a birds and flowers backdrop, and is for ages 7+ with adult supervision for the shrinky baking.
Put your great-grandmother’s name on a leaf, then stick her on this family tree. Our genealogy kit includes a faux-parchment 18” x 14” family tree and (25) little leaf stickers for assorted ancestors, along with (48) assorted branch stickers to connect the leaves. You’ve got uncles you’d rather forget? Stick ’em on the ground under the tree, and tell people they fell off.
If you've got a smart phone, you can be a director. This fold-out, 14-3/8" x 7" x 7" tall stage comes with (5) backdrops, including one blank, a cardboard camera (phone) stand, (8) 2" bricks of assorted color clay and various punch-out props. Includes an 18-page booklet on making claymation, stop-action movies, with additional apps available online. This is how Spielberg would have started if he were 11 years old today.
The Spirograph® lives! Think of it as doodling for people who like perfect geometric shapes. From Spirograph® comes this die-cast collector’s set of (9) spiro wheels, (1) ring, (2) pens, spiro putty with case, a storage tin and (6) design cards. Spiro putty, by the bye, holds the paper down so your perfect designs won’t have any ugly holes in them.
It’s a combo gardening and art set for the princess in your family. Comes with a 9” plastic dish, potting soil, (10) paint pots, (2) brushes, some pebbles, (2) resin mushrooms and the mandatory fairy house. Includes wheatgrass seed and beans, fabric flowers, glitter, purple pellets, plastic marbles, gems and a genuine poly-resin garden fairy. For royalty ages 7+.
Keep them occupied all day with these themed "artist trading card kits," each of which comes with (5) chipboard frames, 3-3/8" x 2-1/2" with photo corners, a template with pre-cut shapes, glue, (5) background sheets, stickers, beads, watercolor cards and pencils, paint pots, brads with plastic gems, fabric pins and a feather. You'll get (2) different kits from the assortment of love, peace, travel, luck or others.
Call it the My First Trilogy kit. Our each is a boxed set of (3) 24-page, 3” x 4” blank books with blank hard covers. Includes (9) assorted markers and (6) sheets with a passel of ready-to-color stickers. You add one creative kid and a rainy afternoon. For ages 4+, from Faber-Castell’s Creativity® for Kids series.
Klayzee™ kits, once you get over the kute spelling, spell hours of fun for krafty kids. Kits include packs of clay (OK, klay), molds, paints, spatulas, chisels and whatever else they'll need, including instructions. The Woodworks kit results in a faux wood picture frame.
Our each is (30) foam flowers, 6" dia x 1/16" thick, all with a 3-1/2" dia punch-out butterfly in the center, for a total of (60) pieces. When the butterfly has been punched-out (that sounds so wrong), the inside of the flower shows the butterfly outline, and the butterfly becomes a liberated, solid, separate piece of foam. Lots of tracing opportunities here, or just general foam-shape admiration. You get (6) each in yellow, orange, pink, purple and a swirly color combo, which is enough to make a spring or summer project come to life.
Nostalgia R Us. This art kit has a peace sign amid a bunch of psychedelica on a 9-3/4” square canvas with a hanging hook. Includes markers in dark and light green, aqua, purple, pink, red, orange and yellow, plus (30) plastic rhine-ish-stones in assorted colors and sizes. Far out.
It’s a STEAM kit. That’s Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM), with Art stuck in the middle (STEAM). From the Smithsonian’s Sparklab™ series, it’s an invitation for budding STEAMpunks ages 8+ to create a solar 3-LED lamp. Includes frosted plastic polygons, spiral pattern sheet, assorted glow-in-the-dark designs, cardboard sticks, holographic foils, prints and cellophane sheets, foam gears, glue, foil, tape, scissors, thread, needle and official doodads. Plus a 14-page guide.