It is only a start, but check out our list of children’s books.
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Treat the Artist
Discerning young artists will notice that these watercolor paints are a step up from the child sets they have had. This set is from a company with a reputation among professional artists but at a “student” price point. It is also travel-friendly for painting when the mood strikes or if the mood stays with your child day in, day out.
For slightly younger children, watercolor brush pens stretch creativity with less mess. With this brand we have not yet had the problem of drying out, cap cracking, or box breaking reported for other brands.
Spiral notebook-style, watercolor pads may be convenient, but it is often hard for little ones to remember to let their paintings dry before putting one on top of another. Also, children may quickly move on to a new painting. Save money by buying bulk loose watercolor paper but get some with a solid quality rating. Clothes pins are a good supplement for drying or display. These are made in the USA and made to last.
Laugh with the Mover
Real ballet slippers say you love their interest in dance whether in a class or following along with Youtube videos or making up their own moves to your playlist. Measure their feet in centimeters to find the correct size. Write “left” and “right” on the bottoms to wear them in best.
Engage the Strategist
Instead of going around and around, the path to move through Ravensburger’s Labyrinth is ever changing.
Ticket to Ride is a board game popular enough to have spawned versions and expansions including “junior” for youger players, international, and historical.
7 Wonders boasts that it is “The most awarded game in the world.” While our cynical numbers person regards that claim skeptically, the game is undeniably enjoyed by our kids.
Ground the Imaginative
Osmo brings screen based learning back into the physical world with manipulatives. Kits available for iPad and Amazon Fire.
Put those Scratch and Python skills into practice with a Makeblock Neo robot.
LEGO is phasing out Mindstorms to focus on Spike. Pricing is better directly from LEGO, but the starter kit is currently out-of-stock. Available in First Lego League “Explore” and “Challenge” level sets.
Occupy the Tinkerer
Oversized blocks almost match up to the scale of a young builder’s imagination. While available in smaller sets, kids say more is better. Other brands offer primary colors, but a blank slate better encourages artistic play, as well.
Ravensburger Gravitrax marble run.
It sounds as though the tagline should be “Snap Circuits, you won’t want to stop at just one.”
If you have not already found the YouTube channel of Mark Rober, your family may greatly enjoy watching as he takes viewers through his super-fun engineering projects. As “Head Nerd” of Crunch Labs, the former NASA engineer develops engineering toys that children can build. These are sold as subscription “build boxes.” The conservative US safety rating is ages 8-12.
Ameliorate Sensory Issues
Loop earplugs filter noise, are comfortable, stay put, and come in colors.
Puzzle Pieces at 11912 Montgomery Rd started as many endeavors start, including The Super Saturday Program, with the loving aim to meet the needs of one special child. Along with their amazing selection, they also offer gift cards.