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The holidays are here and if your gift list is longer than Santa’s, we’re here to help. The 2017 LLC Gift Guides will help you find the best gifts for everyone on your list leaving you time to spare! Today’s guide is for those kids who go through more paper than a preschool. From craft kits to books there is something for creatives of all kinds.
I have a house full of kids that could craft all the live long day. From drawing to kits they love anything they can make with their hands and make their own. Here are some ideas that our own kids love.
Gifts for Creative Kids
Seedling has so many creative gifts for kids it’s hard to choose just one! Big kids will love the Design Your Own Headphones or the MAZE: A DIY Virtual Reality Adventure. Little princesses who love to dress up will love the Magical Hero Dress Up Cape there’s a superhero one too!
You won’t want to miss all the great Shop Seedling Stocking Stuffers Here
Did I mention how much paper my kids go through? Doodle Books are great, especially for the car. Alli loves this one for boys, seen at Brainstorm in Lindenhurst. I also love the Usborne Book ones. For younger creative kids check out the Melissa and Doug drawing pads at Green Kids Resale. My little two love the Complete the Picture Ones.
We learned about UGears at the Chicago Toy and Game fair and both my kids came home and immediately made their tiny sample. The kits are laser cut wood that you punch out and build like a puzzle. They all have gears that can make things move and work. The above video was made from a UGears kit and is an actual DIY musical instrument. There are so many kits to choose from you are sure to find something your maker will love.
Tico Mini Blocks
Has your LEGO fan grown up but you can’t stomach the price of the architecture sets? My LEGO fan picked up several Tico Mini Blocks sets at this years Chicago Toy and Game Fair. They are tiny bricks allowing more detailed designs than you can do with standard bricks. It also takes a lot more concentration and precision. My child was pleasantly challenged by them.
Making your own toys was definitely a theme we saw over and over again at this years Chicago Toy and Game Fair. After I explained what a pinball machine was (hashtag old) to my kids they fell in love with the PinBox 3000. This tabletop pinball machine comes flat packed and you build it and design it yourself. It comes with enough inserts to make two different courses. You can leave it plain or decorate it however you want. There are even premade inserts you can buy to save yourself the creating time if all you want to do is build.
Amazing Me is another doodle book but deserves it’s own listing. My ten year old received an advance copy of this over the summer and her and her bestie sat on our deck working on it for hours. It’s not only a vibrant bright coloring book full of doodle prompts and more. It’s also an empowering journal to help her define herself, likes, and interests.
Marbleocity takes marble runs and coasters to the DIY level in mini flat packed wooden puzzles. Punch out your pieces build and go. And being tiny they can be left out to entertain on table tops or dressers.
What’s on your creative kids list?
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