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Gift Ideas for Kids Who Love Art and Craft

Shruti Bhat
Choosing an appropriate yet unique gift can sometimes be a daunting task, especially when it comes to finding the right gift for a child. Things get a little more complicated when it comes to choosing gifts for creative kids, as you need to consider their age and interests.
To stimulate creativity, one must develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition.
― Albert Einstein
Most children have an inclination towards art and craft. They love to express themselves through scribbling and painting. And they love the adulation they receive when their proud artwork is put up on the fridge for the whole family to see.
The bright colors and the feel of paint on their little hands excite them to the point that they want to color the whole world. Starting with their mom's favorite bed sheet or the walls. So, instead of discouraging them by scolding, why not channel their creative itch in a productive manner by gifting your budding artists an appropriate present.
And not to mention spare the walls, sheets, and their baby brother/sister's face from being their canvas. Here are some gifts ideas for artistically inclined children.

Play Dough and Equipment

The sky is the limit when it comes to creating stuff with play dough. It's always fun and exciting to create objects and animals that kids can identify with.
It doesn't really matter what they make out of it, as long as they get to squish the dough in their hand and enjoy the experience of sculpting and molding with their little fingers.
You will find play doughs made from natural and safe ingredients. This gift is also ideal for toddlers and young children as it not only increases their imagination and keeps them busy, but also develops their motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Drawing and Painting Accessories

No artist should ever have to face the dilemma of not having enough color to finish a painting. You can choose any color base as you please, from crayons, pencil colors, watercolor pencils, sharpie, watercolors, oil pastel, etc.
Don't forget to pair the watercolors and other paints with brushes, otherwise, they'll have to paint with their little fingers, and you don't want that do you?

Adjustable Easel

Every young artist deserves an easel. They not only support the painting while its being made, but also holds it in place. It also gives those wall painting rugrats a vertical canvas to paint on.
This gift will last the child a very long time. Try finding a portable easel with drawers or other types of storage facilities, this will help kids to pursue their love for painting wherever and whenever they please.

Colored Paper

Another wonderful gift idea is drawing paper and lots of it. It doesn't matter if the drawing paper is in sheets, or in the form of a drawing book, or even colored paper. As long as it is good quality paper, it's a great gift.
If you plan to gift a drawing book, choose one that has a hard backboard, to give the child ample support. It will not only serve the purpose at home, but also help the child in his/her school work.

Die Cutter, Decorative Scissor, and Felt

Decorative scissors come in many assorted edges. They can be paired with die cutters of unique shapes. Hobby, stationery, and online stores contain a wide range cutters too.
Gift them along with felt paper or colored paper, and the kids are sure to display their creative cutting and paper folding skills. However, this gift is ideal for kids aged 10 years and above.

Paper Quilling Kit

Paper Quilling is a unique technique that has swept the craft world by storm. Thin paper strips are rolled into different shapes and sizes and then stuck with glue to make different articles like jewelry, decorations, photo frames, boxes, etc.

Sewing Kits for Beginners

Cross stitch is a classic and an almost forgotten craft work. You will find kits for beginners at any art store. These kits will come equipped with a large needle, threads required for the pre-printed fabric, and an instruction manual for beginners.
Some kits also contain a plastic hoop to hold the fabric in place. Once the cross stitch pattern is complete, you can frame it as wall decor.
Cross stitch is time-consuming and young kids might get bored easily, therefore, it is ideal to start with a small and easy pattern, just to get them interested in the craft.
Oh, and one last thing, don't forget to gift the colors along with a drawing book or some drawing paper. This will prevent the kids from displaying their creative art work on your living room walls.