Welcome to the first of our lists of Christmas ideas based around a child’s interest of hobby. I am excited to share some of our favorite art resources for all ages today. Art can be anything from crayon drawings or fun crafts to formal art lessons. There are so many great art supplies that make for fun Christmas gifts, will be helpful to your budding artist, and since they are being used won’t feel like clutter. A win-win for everyone!
I have divided this list up into several age categories, because I find that typically younger children enjoy the opportunity to just be creative and explore various materials, color patterns, and textures. Older children that have a stronger interest in art may be looking for more formal art instruction and higher grade materials. Gifts can be a great time to splurge on the higher quality materials that we might not normally buy, but that can really make a difference for some art techniques. For example, I did not realize until recently how much difference in quality there was between various brands of color pencils. We still use the trusty Crayola pencils for regular coloring but have invested in nice color pencils for my Bible journaling and some of the children’s other art work.
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Gift Ideas For Your Budding… Artist
Preschool/ Early Elementary Ages
- Bucket of Crafts (a great way to get creative)
- Pipe Cleaners and Pom Poms
- Dot Markers
- Toddler Crayons
- Ultimate Crayon Collection
- Finger Paint (fun for all ages)
- Toucan Art Box Subscription (inexpensive art subscription that sends you two crafts each month with step by step instructions and needed supplies. Often also includes bonus activities. )
Older Elementary/Middle School
- Quality Colored Pencils
- Chalk Pastels
- Pastel Chalk Pencils (great for the child that likes the look of pastels without the mess)
- Graphite Pencils
- Drawing Books
- Sketch Pads
High School/ Adult
- Art Desk
- Famous Artist Books (or The Master and His Apprentices (Art History) Review)
- Bob Ross Videos (or if you have Prime you can find them here)
- Water Color Pencils (one of my favorite art supplies)
- You Are An Artist (our very favorite art lessons)
- Art Frames (these are on my Christmas wish list!)
Be sure to check back for each of the posts this week relating to a different interest. If there are other interests or ideas that you have, please feel free to share them. You can also check out Educational Christmas Ideas (that don’t feel like school supplies), Clutter Free Christmas Ideas, and Twelve Christmas Adventures for clutter free Christmas ideas. If you have other interests or hobbies that you would like to see included, please share in the comments.
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Deals and Freebies
Not Consumed has a special early sale on their new Bible studies! Sale ends today!
Evan-Moor is having a 40% off sale on their e-books. use code: VDAY40
The Old Schoolhouse is running a great special on their magazine! $19 for a year’s subscription and some fun digital curriculum as a bonus.
Crystal Paine is launching her newest e-book, Slashing Your Grocery Bill for a special launch price of just $7!! She always has great tips on saving money over at her blog, Money Saving Mom.
Sally Clarkson just launched her newest book, a devotional for moms! You can purchase it at Amazon now .
Free Makeover Your Morning 5 Day Challenge! This is a great way to help re-focus and get your day off on the right foot.
Harry The Happy Mouse (Free on Kindle)
Illustrated Would You Rather Book (Free on Kindle)
Enrichment Studies has a great free fine arts memory match game this month!
Free Help Your Child’s Memory Book from All About Learning Press!