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Product Type: Toys
Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Art Supplies
Subcategories: Drawing and Painting Supplies

 

 
2015 Awards
eeBoo 24 Color Pencil Sets & Sketch Books
(eeBoo $6 & 13 Score:)

Our testers continue to love eeBoo's 24 color pencil sets ($13) with matching sketchpads($6). This season you'll find a pad and pencil set in paper boxes instead of tins, decorated with airplanes by Ross MacDonald, colorful birds and flowers by Saxton Freymann and colorful cats by Monika Forsberg. As always the quality of spiral notebooks and colored pencils is excellent and there is no better way to encourage kids to develop their writing skills than with the fun activity of drawing. Send a box to your summer camper that may pay off in colorful letters. Blank paper and drawing their own ideas are better choices than coloring books that require staying inside the lines. For now, let them create the lines and spin their own stories about what they are drawing. 6-9

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2015.

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2015 Awards
eeBoo 12 color Pencils Striped Biggies
(eeBoo $8 Score:)

Want to build a love of pencil and paper tasks? Switch the 'task' word for 'fun' with these short but jumbo size pencils that are perfect for little hands to grasp without the strain of skinny pencils. Send a box to your summer camper and we bet you'll get a colorful letter in return. Choose a box with robots or fairies to fit you artist's tastes. These sets with a dozen juicy colors come with a sharpener that fits their thick size and they will go a long way in making writing and drawing a fun activity rather than a drudge they dread. Don't worry about having them practice copying numbers or letters. It is far more important to encourage them to use paper and pencil in open ended ways and gain control of those fine motor skills with scribble drawings that help develop beginners eye hand skills. Bring home a matching sketch pad with robots or fairies. Either of these will be a gift to invite creativity as well as paper and pencil skills that kids will enjoy. 5 & up

SNAP: These are fatter and easier to grasp pencils that kids will like using.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2015 Award
Poof Sidewalk Chalk Ultimate Mandala Stencil Kit
(Alex $31.99 Score:)

This really is the ultimate sidewalk chalk set with 36 colorful chalks that should provide a summer full of fun. For those who like their hands clean and their chalk whole, there are 5 chalk holders and two giant stencils for tracing the parts of the mandala design. These chalks come shaped with writing tips and lots of colorful choices for making a unique mandala or whatever else their creative hands prefer. Alex sells these chalks in smaller packs without the stencils, but this is an interesting way to introduce kids to an art form from another culture. We suggest you hold back with some of the chalk instead of opening the entire supply all at once. Good fun for a family reunion party to keep the kids busy. They could use the chalk for hopscotch or an art show in the driveway, as well. Marked 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2015. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2013 Award
eeBoo 32 Oil Pastels
(eeBoo $10.95 Score:)

Rich colors to choose from I this set of non-toxic oil pastels. They come in a slide out box with sturdy tray that will keep them well stored between uses. Although pastels can be blended, these come with a rich variety of hues making it possible to achieve real variety by switching from one pastel to another. There are six shades of green alone and a wonderful collection of reds, blues and more. The set ranges from pastels to jewel tones. Of course, pastels are messier than crayons, so protect the table surface they work on and their clothes. 5 and up, up, up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2013.

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2012 Award
Shake It up, America Etch-A-Sketch
(Hasbro $17.99 Score:)

Picking up on this year's political banter, the folks at Etch-A-Sketch have provided both blue and red versions of their classic product.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
eeBoo 24 Pencils Bird Tin Artist Colors
(eeBoo $15 Score:)

A beauty of a gift tin of colored pencils. The flat metal tin is printed with birds, a flowering tree and flowers. It will make a gift to enjoy for months ahead. Sometime we forget how welcome a basic set of art supplies can be as compared to the novelty gifts that lose their pazazz almost as soon as the wrappings are gone. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2012. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.

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2012 Award
eeBoo Double-sided Pencils
(eeBoo $7.50 Score:)

There are 12 pencils with 24 colors, since each pencil has two colors. High math! These are standard size pencils. Choose a set of pastel colors or a different set with primary colors. 5 & up.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years, Tweens. Award Year: 2012.

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2012 Award
Faber-Castell Black Paper Sketch Pad
(Creativity for Kids $4.99 Score:)

A pad of 40 sheets of black paper that is thinner than construction paper and designed for metallic pencil and gel sticks. It would probably work well with glittery glue sticks ot colored chalks. A good choice for making Halloween decorations, too.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012.

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2012 Award
eeBoo 18 Crayons
(eeBoo $5.99 Score:)

These are bigger than the usual crayons and better suited for small hands. The plaid box has 18 colors inside and some have a neon look as well as pastels and your basic primary colors. A good choice for 5 & up.

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2012.

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2000 Awards
Puppet Theatre
(Alex $80 Score:)

Alex's updated big theatre ($80) has a clock for show time and new eye-appealing graphics! This stable floor model is 48" high, with painted trim on one side and a chalk surface for messages. It's big enough to be used for many years to come. Alex's small tabletop model is also available a good choice for smaller spaces.($27).

Age: Preschool, Early School Years. Award Year: 2000.

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