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Product Type: Toys
Age: Late Elementary School Years
Categories: Art Supplies

 

 
2014 Awards
eeBoo Color Pencils Striped Biggies
(eeBoo $7.99 & up Score:)

Designed for small hands these oversized colored pencils come in sets of 12 or 24 along with a special sized sharpener. The delicious colors will make paper and pencil tasks more fun and may be just the right inducement for kids who are just starting to write words and letters in school. As the box says, they are shorter than most pencil sets, but jumbo in thickness, giving beginners a broader line and more control. Drawing, coloring or writing, these are terrific tools for developing eye hand and for refining those small muscles in the fingers and hand that are needed for the task. Bring home a Sketchbook with elves carrying Striped Biggies. 5 & up.

SNAP For all the reasons stated above, these are a good choice that will make pencil tasks more pleasing.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Faber-Castell Gel Sticks
(Faber-Castell $12.99 Score:)

Kids are going to love the buttery Gel Sticks that can be used for drawing and then turned into water color paintings with a paintbrush and water. These are not to be confused with the also wonderful Gel Crayons that are not water soluble. You will want to protect the table surface where they work, since these are a bit messier than regular crayons, but also far more versatile.  You get 12 gel sticks and a paintbush in the set. This would make a great stocking stuffer.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Colossal Art Set
(Alex $47.95 Score:)

Talk about big presents--this takes the prize for the young artist in the family. Perhaps it is more like a gift for the whole family to share and enjoy for all kinds of creative projects. This gigantic 315-piece set includes 40 crayons, 20 pastels, 48 fine markers, 36 watercolor cakes, 36 jumbo markers, 24 colored pencils, 24 watercolor pencils, drawing pencils, erasers, 4 sharpeners, 18 paint brushes, stickers, paper, and pallets. All these tools for creativity are housed in a gigantic fitted box. There is also an amazing Portable Art Set with150 pieces in a large storage case($19.99) that will make a satisfying gift to be used for a long while.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens, Teens, Adult. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2014 Award
Faber-Castell Connector Pens
(Faber-Castell $19.99 Score:)

A set of fifty colorful fiber-tip pens that can be used solo or clipped together for multi-colored effects. In vibrant colors, these pens can be used to draw fine lines, dots, and sideways for broader lines. This bucket includes extra connectors so kids can make a variety of playful constructions. There are smaller sets of these, but fifty is nifty. 6 & up

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2014. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Awards
Crayola Super Tips Washable Markers
(Crayola $12.99 Score:)

A super duper super tips marker set! 25 markers come in a see-through carrying case plus 40 pieces of paper for experimenting on. Their versatile tips draw thin and thick lines depending on how you hold them. 4 & up.

SNAP: Colorful materials that encourage kids to use their fine motor skills. These are not very wide, so you may want to add pencil grippers to give kids a firmer place to hold on. They may like the "magic" of the thin and broad lines they get from changing the position of the marker. These and some of the magic markers that change colors can go a log way in making practicing more like fun.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
eeBoo Swirly Rainbow Glitter Glue
(eeBoo $14.95 Score:)

Perfect for making cards, posters, or any art project that needs multicolored glitter glue. This comes with 12 colors. Be sure to keep this out of the reach of kids under three since the caps are a small parts hazard and cover the work surface before you get too much of a good thing on the floor or tabletop.  5 & up.

 

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Crayola Melt 'n Mold Crayon Factory
(Crayola $49.99 Score:)

We've had crayon molds before, but this new and improved model with see through lid made a huge hit with our testers. It comes with molds that will make ring shaped crayons as well as the usual shape. The kit comes with 24 crayons ready to melt and/or you can use old broken crayons as well. Designed for safety, the lid locks down while the crayons melt. Once they turn to liquid you push the button to spill the wax into the mold. Again, all of this is done while the see through lid is locked down. The lid will not lift until a timer releases it and the wax has cooled. Extra molds for making cars, spiders, spinners, and wiggly shaped crayons are available separately. A great way to recycle old crayons and, as always, kids love using the unique end products they make. This is marked for 8 & up and since it has to be plugged in, it is a toy that should be used with adult supervision.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Awards
Faber-Castell Connector Paint Box
(Creativity for Kids $14 Score:)

A cleverly designed paint box with 12 bright opaque watercolors (gouaches)and a tube of Chinese white paint. A larger set of 24 colors is also available. The paint tablets can be lifted out of the pan and arranged as one wishes. The lid of the pan becomes a palette for mixing colors and is easy to rinse off. Brushes store in the bux, though they do not come with this set. A step above the usual watercolor sets for children.

SNAP You don't need to introduce all the colors at once with this clever pan of paints. Gradually add other colors once your child gets the idea of how to use a few colors without getting them saturated. using the brush offers more freedom than a pencil and the colors are pleasing. This is a pleasing way to develop eye hand control and to explore the magic of mixing colors.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
Guidecraft 4-in-1 Flipping Tabletop Easel
(Guidecraft $55 Score:)

A versatile tabletop easel flips from chalkboard to magnetic dry erase board and holds a paper roll, as well. A good size tray holds chalks, markers or other art supplies, depending on the media they are using. This is basic for creative fun and will be used for years. 3 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
eeBoo Pipe Cleaners
(eeBoo $3.95 Score:)

Sets of very long pipe cleaners packed 36 in a set with fluffy ones and thin ones. Each package comes in a range of hues of a single color. There is a set of pinks and lavenders, another pack with hues of blues. Ideal for craft projects with suggested techniques on the package. These do have sharp tips, as do all pipe cleaners, so they are marked for 8 & up.

Age: Later School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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