Gift Ideas for Creative Kids

Gift Ideas for Creative Kids

Looking for some gift ideas for creative kids? I've got you covered. When I'm on the hunt for good gift ideas for kids, I'm always looking for things that are open-ended, good quality for a good price and that nurture a mini-maker's creative abilities. Here are some of the products that we love using here. #giftideasforcreativekids #Christmasgiftsforkids #creativekidsLooking for some gift ideas for creative kids?
I’ve got you covered.

But, hold up.
I believe that all kids are creative.
So really this article should carry the title of “Gift Ideas for Kids.” A mere trifle.

When I’m on the hunt for good gift ideas for kids, I’m always looking for products that promote open-ended creating and playing and offer good quality for a good price. But not in a “you-will-need-to-mortgage-your-house-in-order-to-buy-this” kinda way.
Here are some of the products that we love using here. As well as some of the actual gifts that I have bought for my kids for Christmas this year.

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Gifts for Making

A question I get asked A LOT, is “Shannon, what is your must-have art supply for kids?
I reply with the same answer every. single. time.
A Micador Watercolour Palette.
It’s such an awesome, low-mess painting option. It’s also portable, so you can take your painting into the Great Outdoors.
We bought our original 36 disc set. Micador sent us the jumbo palettes to try and we adore them.

My kids burn through markers at an epic rate. I had yet to come across a set of markers that really impressed me until we were sent some Micador Early StART Besties Marker Mates to try. My husband and I have been blown away by how engaging our children find these and we attribute this to the fact that a) they are super cute and b) the chunky barrels are perfect for little hands to grip. Our kids have the Jungle and Underwater versions.

If you’re looking for a complete, all-inclusive creativity kit, the Micador Sensory Packs are great. We were given the Sensory Creating Pack to try and it was filled with a great variety of cardstock, craft sticks, tape and decorative embellishment. They also have a painting and drawing pack. These would be great to pack for holiday travels and road trips!

Creating should happen everywhere at anytime and these bath crayons from Honeysticks make that happen. We were gifted these along with Honeysticks Original beeswax crayons and a Toddlers First Colouring Book.
My Mr 3 immediately remarked that he loved the smell of these natural, non-toxic crayons. They are the perfect size for little hands.
The colouring book comes in three country-based themes: New Zealand, Australia and North America.
The pictures are large and without too much detail, making them absolutely perfect for the under-5 set.


Kwik Stix are ah-mazing for vibrant artworks with minimal mess. They are tempera paint sticks that glide on so smoothly and dry almost instantly.

Gifts for Playing

I have bought Camelot for my Miss 5 and Day & Night for my Mr 3 for Christmas.
Both are games of logic. Children choose a challenge and try and arrange the game pieces to fulfill the challenge. I can’t wait for my kiddies to unwrap these. I’m anticipating loads of fun, playing together.

My kids have requested a letter box for Christmas. This makes my teacher heart squeal because think of all the authentic writing experiences it will encourage!

Encourage some imaginative play with this seven piece doctor’s set  or this sweet tea party set.

Gifts for Reading

Here are some of our top picture books for 2018.
If you have an animal-lover, here are some of our favourite picture books about animals.
Got a little reader obsessed with vehicles– here are some of our favourite transport books.

Looking for some gift ideas for creative kids? I've got you covered. When I'm on the hunt for good gift ideas for kids, I'm always looking for things that are open-ended, good quality for a good price and that nurture a mini-maker's creative abilities. Here are some of the products that we love using here. #giftideasforcreativekids #Christmasgiftsforkids #creativekids

If you’re looking to incorporate more creativity into your family’s life, I highly recommend Journal Sparks by Emily Neuburger. It is filled with prompts and inspiration for creative journaling.

Art Workshop for Children by Barbara Rucci is one of my favourite go-to books when I need arty inspiration to create with my children. Even if you aren't confident at setting up arts and crafts experiences with your children, this book is packed with tips and suggestions.Art Workshop for Children by Barbara Rucci and Betsy McKenna is another book that regularly gets pulled off the shelf for an inspiration hit. Read my review of it here.

Gifts for Learning

Kidartlit box

Why do I love KidArtLit? They are basically everything I stand for, but in product form.
Their boxes are delivered straight to your door and contain a top-quality picture book with carefully curated arts and crafts projects, paired to the book. Each kit contains a detailed guide book and all the materials you will need.
The kit’s contents change on a monthly basis. You can choose to subscribe to a year’s worth of boxes, or simply one-off deliveries.
This is a perfect gift choice if you have a loved little one in a faraway place. Bookish, arty magic delivered straight to their door!
You can read my KidArtLit reviews here. and here..

 

 

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Do you have a young scientist at your place? These Curious Kids Science Kits were made for them!

Got a little one obsessed with learning the time? My Miss 5 received this Easy Read Watch for Christmas last year.
Such a good investment!

 

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My eldest starts school next year and I’ve been eyeing off these letter blocks from Page and Pine. How beautiful are they?!
Imagine all the fun word play you could do with them!

Favourite animals in unicorn form? Yes please!
This super cute alphabet poster hangs in my kids’ playroom.
On the Send a Unicorn website, you can also send sweet, unicorn-themed stationery boxes. Another great gift option for a little somebody who might not live nearby.

So there you have it. 19 gift ideas for creative kids. Plus a whole lotta book recommendations.
And most of them can be ordered online. So you can do all your shopping in your pyjamas.
See? I said I had you covered. #shoppinginpyjamasismyjam

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Spin Art Christmas Cards for Kids

Spin Art Christmas Cards for Kids

These spin art Christmas cards for kids use a process that is quick, produces vibrant, colourful art and is high on the fun-o-meter. #Christmascardsforkids #handmadeChristmascrafts #Christmascraftsforkids #kidscraftsThere is nothing quite like receiving a lovingly handmade kiddy Christmas card.
These spin art Christmas cards for kids use a process that is high on the fun-o-meter.

Spin art is also a quick way for generating heaps of colourful art for the Christmas card list.
What sets this spin art activity apart from all the other spin art projects out there?

It makes use of a material that Raising Kinley has raved about here before.
Photo paper.
The photo paper soaks up the paint so that there is no time spent waiting for paint to dry.
Perfect for the impatient creator. Or last-minute-Christmas-card-maker.

Are you ready to turn your home into a spin art Christmas card factory?
Let’s do this.

These spin art Christmas cards for kids use a process that is quick, produces vibrant, colourful art and is high on the fun-o-meter. #Christmascardsforkids #handmadeChristmascrafts #Christmascraftsforkids #kidscrafts

You will need:

Photo paper
Liquid watercolours
Painting implements
Salad spinner
Christmas shape templates (We used the ones from my Christmas eBook.)
Glue
Cardboard
Scissors

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How to make your own spin art Christmas cards:

Prepare a palette with your liquid watercolours.

Place a piece of photo paper into your salad spinner.

Use different painting implements to splatter and drip and drop the watercolours onto the photo paper.

Secure the lid tightly onto your salad spinner and spin, spin, spin.

The best part- remove the lid and ogle your artwork.

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Trace around your templates onto the back of the photo paper and cut them out.
(We used the templates that come with my Christmas eBook, The 12 Oh Creative Days of Christmas.
You can read more about it here.)

Fold card stock in half to create a card and glue your spin art shapes to the front.

The spin art also makes for lovely gift tags. Simply punch a hole at the top of the shape and thread ribbon or a pipe cleaner through. Use a permanent marker to write names on the tags.

You can watch the process here:

Looking for ways to create love-soaked memories and connect with your children through art, craft and play during the Festive Season? Have yourself a creative little Christmas thanks to the 12 Oh Creative Days of Christmas eBook.

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30+ Best Christmas Picture Books

30+ Best Christmas Picture Books

Our Christmas picture books get packed away every year. It’s like toy rotation, but with books.
So every November when I pull them out, it’s exciting to “rediscover” our favourites.
We countdown to Christmas with a book advent.
(Check out our tutorial on handsewn book bags for a Christmas book advent.)

Here are  30+ of the best Christmas picture books for kids.
The photographed books are straight from our collection. I’ve also included lots of suggestions that I’ve heard raving reviews about. These ones are on our wishlist- at this rate, I’ll be adding to my childrens’ Christmas book collection until they are well into their 40s.

Just a note: I loathe putting age categories on books, as I find this can be restrictive. Please use the age guides as just that. A guide. My preschooler still enjoys certain board books and is interested in reading early chapter books. The best books can be enjoyed by all ages.

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Best Christmas Picture Books for Toddlers

Dear Santa by Rod Campbell More lift-the-flap goodness from the Dear Zoo creator. How will Santa decide upon the perfect gift? If Dear Zoo is beloved at your place, this Christmas version will be a hit.

Dream Snow by Eric Carle In my humble opinion, Eric Carle is one of the world’s greatest picture book creators. It would be remiss of me to not have him in our Christmas picture book collection! A kind farmer, who bears a strong resemblance to Santa, drifts off to sleep on Christmas Eve dreaming of snow. When he awakens, he realises he has forgotten to lay out presents for his animals. Eric Carle’s acclaimed illustrations were made for the magic of Christmas.

Spot’s Christmas by Eric Hill A sweet snapshot of the busyness of Christmas time with everybody’s favourite canine. Another lift-the-flap!

A Christmas Carol: A BabyLit Colors Primer by Jennifer Adams The BabyLit series are the most delightful board books that introduce little readers to the classics. Symbols from this Charles Dickens classic are teamed with colours.

That’s Not My Santa by Fiona Watt and Rachel Well You cannot underestimate the power of these touch and feel books with their colourful illustrations. This is a festive addition to the extremely popular series.

My Little Gifts: Growing Hearts: A Book of Sharing by Jo Witek and Christine Roussey This dream team create the most amazing books together, using such clever die cuts. This one celebrates the gift of giving.

Bob by Sandra Boynton No toddler book collection is complete without a Sandra Boynton book (or 6) in it! This book actually contains 7 Christmas tales, all accessed from colourful picture tabs.

Christmas Treasure Hunt by Roger Priddy This is a look-and-find book filled with festive pictures.

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Best Christmas Picture Books for Preschoolers

Little Mouse’s Christmas by Riika Jantti Little Mouse is a cheeky preschooler and thus a very popular character here. This charming book captures the excitement and anticipation of Christmas Day.

Pig the Elf by Aaron Blabey The Pig the Pug series make for such fun read alouds. The world’s greediest pug shows his true colours (as expected) during the Festive Season.

The Poky Little Puppy’s First Christmas by Justine Korman The Poky Little Puppy is one of the most popular books of all time. Whilst I acknowledge that it’s not the greatest piece of children’s literature ever written, who can go past a bit of nostalgia at Christmas?

Angelina’s Christmas by Helen Craig and Katharine Hollabird This is a throwback to my childhood. That is indeed my tattered childhood copy. A lovely story about spreading Christmas cheer to those who might usually go without.

Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht and Jarvis I ADORE the work of Jarvis so this one is a no-brainer. A beautiful read aloud that explores all the rituals of the Festive Season.

Macca’s Christmas Crackers by Matt Cosgrove Macca is an alpaca and Christmas is his favourite time of year. A fun story about the true gift of giving.

The Christmas Book by Dick Bruna The Miffy creator brings his whimsial style to the Nativity story.

The 12 Days of Christmas by Britta Teckentrup I can never remember the words to this carol but there is no need to when you have this beautiful book on hand. Some exquisite paper engineering enables the peep-through pages to reveal each day’s gift.

A Pussy Cat’s Christmas by Margaret Wise Brown and Anne Mortimer Christmas from the point of view of a cat?! Purrrrrr-fect!

Santa Rex by Molly Idle There are definitely not enough Christmas books featuring dinosaurs. Thank goodness for this beauty from the creator of the Flora series.

Walk This World at Christmas Time by Debbie Powell I’ve tried to convince myself that I can’t spend any money on Christmas picture books this Festive Season. But I really, really, really want this one! Each page is an exploration of how a different part of the world celebrates Christmas.

Presents Through the Window by Taro Gomi Christmas Eve requires so many presents to be delivered in such little time. A hilarious look at how being efficient on Christmas Eve can lead to present mix-ups a-plenty!

Best Christmas Books for 6+

Tony’s Bread by Tomie dePaola This is the tale of one of my favourite Christmas treats- panettone. Or pane di Tony. Or Tony’s Bread. Tomie dePaola’s books are always so fun to read with their Italian words sprinkled through the text. This is the tale behind how panettone came into being.

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg An absolute Christmas classic. Need I say more?

Samurai Santa by Rubin Pingk I never can go past a ninja book and this one has awesome graphic novel-style illustrations.

What Do You Wish For? By Jane Godwin and Anna Walker A beautiful ode to all the things that make Christmas special.

The Christmasasaurus by Tom Fletcher A sweet novel about a boy and a dinosaur and their Christmas Eve adventure.

Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R Tolkien Every November, an envelope from the North Pole would appear for the Tolkien children. This is the treasury of the amazingly detailed letters that Tolkien would write for his children under the pen name of Father Christmas.

The 12 Days of Christmas by Robert Sabuda This is the pop-up book of all pop-up books. The most amazing paper engineering!

Grandpa Christmas by Michael Morpurgo and Jim Field Michael Morpurgo. Need I say more? Mia’s grandfather writes her Christmas letters, outlining his hopes for the world she is to inherit.

Quentin Blake’s A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens The classic accompanied with the iconic illustrations of Quentin Blake.

The Christmas Book: How To Have The Best Christmas Ever by Juliana Foster An awesome informative text that provides a wealth of tips and tricks on how to have a memorable Christmas.

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Grab a copy of my "12 Oh Creative Days of Christmas" eBook. Creatively connect with your children through art, craft and play this festive season. 70+ pages featuring… 12 projects with detailed tutorials | Loads of tips, tricks and inspiration | 13 pages of templates, play dough mats and printable prompts.

Christmas Picture Books with Beloved Characters

And sometimes you just need a Christmas picture book featuring one of your little one’s favourite characters. Peppa Pig, I’m looking at you.

It’s Christmas, David! by David Shannon

Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney

Olivia Helps with Christmas

Little Blue Truck’s Christmas

Happy Christmas, Maisy!

Maisy’s Christmas Day

Peppa’s Christmas Wish

The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

I hate to make a call like “there is one book that should be in every Christmas picture book collection….” but I’m going to do it anyway. This one is a classic. So many envelopes and papery goodness to explore in this classic.


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Handsewn Bags for Children’s Christmas Book Advent

Handsewn Bags for Children’s Christmas Book Advent

Every festive season, we countdown with a Christmas Book Advent. 24 books that take through until Christmas Day. This year, I've hand-sewn these keepsake book bags. Each day, I will simply place a new book in each child's book bag. This is a simple sewing project for even the not-so-confident seamstress. #Christmasadvent #ChristmasDIY #Christmascrafts #Christmasbookadvent #kidscrafts #ChristmasforkidsEvery festive season we count down to December 25th with a Christmas Book Advent.
Once upon a time, I used to wrap each book in colourful paper and embellish with pom poms and all kinds of decorative paraphenalia.
These days, I ain’t got time for that. Nor do I wish to give myself RSI or a bazillion paper cuts doing so.

So here’s how I intend on rocking the Christmas Book Advent in a more environmentally-friendly fashion this year with 3 kids.
I’ve handsewn some sweet little bags and each day I will simply place a new book in each child’s bag.
I originally saw this idea done by Hana, and I love that it also creates a keepsake that can be used year after year.
(Hana and I are both suckers for creating traditions and love-soaked memories with our littles.)

Oh, and did I mention that sewing is not my strong point?
So if you are not the most confident seamstress, take heart. It’s a project simple enough for even those who flunked Home Economics in high school.

Every festive season, we countdown with a Christmas Book Advent. 24 books that take through until Christmas Day. This year, I've hand-sewn these keepsake book bags. Each day, I will simply place a new book in each child's book bag. This is a simple sewing project for even the not-so-confident seamstress. #Christmasadvent #ChristmasDIY #Christmascrafts #Christmasbookadvent #kidscrafts #Christmasforkids

What you will need:

A length of fabric (Ours measured 40cm x 50cm)
Cord for the drawstring
Needle
Thread
Scissors

How to:

I chose to cut my fabric to 40cm wide by 50cm tall. This was to accommodate the largest Christmas book in our collection.
You might like to make your bag smaller or bigger. So step 1 is simply cut to size, leaving about 2cm seam allowance.

Every festive season, we countdown with a Christmas Book Advent. 24 books that take through until Christmas Day. This year, I've hand-sewn these keepsake book bags. Each day, I will simply place a new book in each child's book bag. This is a simple sewing project for even the not-so-confident seamstress. #Christmasadvent #ChristmasDIY #Christmascrafts #Christmasbookadvent #kidscrafts #Christmasforkids

Turn your fabric over and fold over a seam of about 2cm. Iron this down to get a nice sharp fold.
I chose to do a back stitch along this seam. Mainly because I’ve just learnt how to do such a stitch from my friend Trixi and I wanted to practice it. Apparently back stitching is an embroidery technique. I’m obviously not embroidering, but whatevs!
“Do what works for you” is totally one of my creative mantras. You could obviously just do a simple running stitch.
You will be threading your drawstring cord through this section, so don’t stitch too close to the edge.

Once that step is complete, fold your bag in half so the front halves are facing towards each other.
Stitch down the long side and then across the short side to meet the fold.
Again I had a seam allowance of about 2cm.

Let the record show, that at this point my husband declared “It’d be so much quicker if you just used a sewing machine.”
To which I responded with an eye roll and “Yeah but we don’t have a sewing machine.”
What a cheerleader!

You can now turn your bag out- and you have something that resembles a bag!
Before threading the drawstring cord through, I just turned in the edges of the drawstring openings and sewed that seam in to give you a nice, clean edge.

Time to thread the drawstring through and this may be the stage where you mutter a few sweary words.
Attach a safety pin to the end of the drawstring cord so that you can feed it through the seam.
Eventually it will come out the other end. But I warn you, it may take a few frustrating attempts.
Knot the ends of your cord to prevent them slipping back through the seam, and voila! A book bag!

Every festive season, we countdown with a Christmas Book Advent. 24 books that take through until Christmas Day. This year, I've hand-sewn these keepsake book bags. Each day, I will simply place a new book in each child's book bag. This is a simple sewing project for even the not-so-confident seamstress. #Christmasadvent #ChristmasDIY #Christmascrafts #Christmasbookadvent #kidscrafts #ChristmasforkidsEvery festive season, we countdown with a Christmas Book Advent. 24 books that take through until Christmas Day. This year, I've hand-sewn these keepsake book bags. Each day, I will simply place a new book in each child's book bag. This is a simple sewing project for even the not-so-confident seamstress. #Christmasadvent #ChristmasDIY #Christmascrafts #Christmasbookadvent #kidscrafts #ChristmasforkidsWe don’t have enough Christmas-related books to fill 24 days.
So I fill in the gaps with our favourite books from the year that was.
Any opportunity to celebrate reading and books!

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Every festive season, we countdown with a Christmas Book Advent. 24 books that take through until Christmas Day. This year, I've hand-sewn these keepsake book bags. Each day, I will simply place a new book in each child's book bag. This is a simple sewing project for even the not-so-confident seamstress. #Christmasadvent #ChristmasDIY #Christmascrafts #Christmasbookadvent #kidscrafts #Christmasforkids

Paper Poppy Craft for Kids

Paper Poppy Craft for Kids

This paper poppy craft for kids involves a simple process of paint and paper for gorgeous results. A perfect project for Remembrance Day. #kidscrafts #poppycraft #RemembranceDaycraft

This paper poppy craft for kids involves a simple process of paint and paper for gorgeous results.

What You Will Need For This Poppy Craft for Kids:

We experimented with different kinds of paints and paper.
We used acrylic paint, liquid watercolours and and our trusty Micador Jumbo watercolour palette. (Disclaimer: this was gifted to us awhile back.)
We painted on watercolour paper, pages from the White pages, old picture books and paper towel.
The fun is in the exploring and experimenting.

How to Make Paper Poppies:

Once everything has dried, cut out circles in 3 different sizes.
This is a great project for exploring layers and comparing sizes.

Fold your circle in half, and then half again.
Make a small triangular cut into the edge of your circle.

Unfold to reveal your poppy.
We layered 3 circles on top of each other, gluing them in place.

Use a black marker to create a centre for your poppy.

You could add a brooch pin back to turn these into wearable poppies.

This is a perfect craft for Remembrance Day. Or any day, really.
Every day is a good day to discuss with children how war is not the answer to resolving our differences.

Check out our poppy wreath we made using three different processes, perfect for a collaborative cross-age project.
Explore the importance of remembrance with these picture books.

For other painted paper ideas, check out this Eric Carle-inspired post.

If you try this poppy craft for kids, I’d love to see! Tag me on social media @ohcreativeday

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