Here is a selection of art gifts for children. I can still remember the excitement of opening a Christmas gift to find a huge set of felt pens, pencils and coloring in book. It’s the memory of this that makes me recommend any of these art and craft sets for a fabulous Birthday or Christmas gift for a Child.
Childs Crafting Kit My First Sewing KitCrayola Arts & Crafts Paint KitKlutz Stencil Art Book KitMelissa & Doug Deluxe Combo Scratch Art SetKids Art and Craft Supplies in a Giant Art JarCraft Ideas for Children Magnetic Mini Tile ArtCrayola; Art Case; Art Tools; inc. Crayons; Colored Pencils; Craft-tastic String Art and Craft Kit for ChildrenCrayola Ultimate Art Case Art Gift for a Toddler
Review of the Crayola Mess Free Sand Scribbler
Crayola have a range of no mess products for creative kids that save Mom and Dad time and hard work cleaning up after them!
The sand scribbler is new for 2016 and allows your child to create sand drawings in a mess free environment. The sand scribbler also has a light feature but if you want to use this you need 3 AAA batteries.
The Crayolas Mess Free Scribbler Makes the Perfect Gift for Creative Children
Crayola suggest that the recommended age group for this toy is 2 years to 5 years old. Making this a perfect art gift for a toddler.
Things We Like About It
We are a big advocate of creative toys and this sand scribbler helps with learning colors, co-ordination and creative learning. The scribbling is done with a large ergonomic stylus that is easy for children to grip and is tethered so that it won’t go missing.
Children can then draw shapes in the sand and when they want to start again they just shake the sand scribbler to erase the previous picture. The basic writing feature works without batteries and uses a magnetic nib on the stylus but there is also a light function that requires batteries. The background light rotates through twelve different colors to illuminate your child’s pictures. There is also a button included that your child can scroll through to find the color they want.
A nice added feature to the light show effect is that it turns itself off after it has been inactive for a certain length of time, thus conserving battery life.
We liked that it is portable and would be great for long car journeys especially. When traveling at night the illuminated background is particularly impressive.
Things We Did Not Like About It
The actual drawing area is fairly small and the large stylus makes it only possible to draw broad, simple drawings on it. It won’t be ideal for trying to teach words, though you could possibly draw a letter on it.
We would say it is better for younger children to teach them about colors and shapes than for older children who maybe are already learning their alphabet.
Is It Value for Money?
Etch a Sketch and Fisher Price has similar scribbling devices at comparable prices, though this one does have the light show and real sand. For older children, the devices where they can actually write words and draw more detailed pictures might be better. For younger children with fewer coordination skills the Crayola Mess-Free Sand Scribbler might be easier and more fun with the 12 different colored lights.
Conclusion and Final Thoughts
No mess toys get our vote! This is a nice toy for younger kids and will keep them busy especially when traveling it has creative potential and also aids learning. While this pre-school toy didn’t particularly ‘wow ‘us it does what it says and many youngsters will love it.