Bring back the art of creative play with these goodies.
Lego Architecture Studio
Let your family’s sophisticated blockhead ditch the cartoon-themed sets for this Architecture Studio, which includes a thoughtful booklet on the philosophy of architecture and design and a 1200 piece set of blocks to explore the concepts.
Liquid gold for young artists who want a certain level of precision for their sidewalk and back patio masterpieces. Classic set of eight comes in clown-nose red, piggybank pink, candy corn orange and sun yellow for fun holiday activities or weekend art projects.
Unemployed Philosophers Guild Toys
The brilliant minds of The Unemployed Philosophers Guild give a nod to the arts— puppets of Dali, Kahlo and Monet, magnetic wardrobe American Gothic dress-up set, and fill-in comic books for budding author-illustrators to create their own drawings and text.
Starting at $7, philosophersguild.com
174 Piece Wood Art Set
Art101’s complete art set offers everything a young artist needs to create paintings, sketches, charcoals and finished drawing in a convenient fold up box, attractive enough to display (to spark interest, rather than be tucked away and forgotten in a closet or toybox).
Stopmotion Explosion Animation Kit
This kit includes everything needed to make stopmotion movies of everyday household objects, claymation creatures, or even kids’ own toys and figurines. With idea booklet, camera, software — just add imagination and sit back with some popcorn for the show.