Scott’s Toy Box: Creativity For August
This issue is all about enriching your child through drawing, theatre, dance, etc. I fell in love with “the arts” all the way back in first grade. We did a “What do you want to be when you grow up?” assignment, and I chose to be an artist.
My props for my presentation were a paint palette, a paint brush, a beret, clothes with paint on them…the works. So this month I wanted to highlight toys that inspire creativity. I came across a collection from Faber-Castell called Creativity For Kids and was blown away at the diversity of all the toys they offer, so I decided to showcase their toys in this month’s column.
Make Your Own Sock Puppets
First, there is Make Your Own Sock Puppets. This is for ages three and up. The kit comes with three fuzzy socks, googly eyes, yarn and fur for hair, and many different felt shapes. All the pieces, except for the yarn hair, have adhesive on them, so there isn’t any need for glue; the set also comes with a plastic needle to thread the yarn through the sock. This kit comes with instructions that are basic and easy to understand and sells for $18.
Wind-Up Workshop: Robots
For the boys, we have the Wind-Up Workshop: Robots for ages seven and up. The kit comes with five wind-up mechanisms to make up to five robots. You also get several robot cut-outs, cardboard robot parts, and much more to design the robot you want to make. The kit even comes with markers you can use to color in the robot parts. It sells for $15.
Design By You Special Occasion Fashion Kit
For the girls, there is the Design By You Special Occasion Fashion Kit for ages nine and up. It comes with a mannequin and satin dress the size of a Barbie doll. Girls also get everything they need to make a dress including a sewing kit and fabric rolls. This is perfect if your child wants to get into designing their own clothes. The Special Occasion Fashion Kit sells for $40.
Create Your Own Books
Last, there is the Create Your Own Books kit for ages four and up. It comes with two books with lots of white space to fill up. The left-side pages of the larger book are blank, and the right-side pages feature a blank square with lines underneath. The smaller book has a hole cut out through the entire book that allows kids to place a photo in the center. This kit also comes with crayons and stickers to help start your kid’s imagination and sells for $20.