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Age: Early Elementary School Years
Categories: Art Supplies

 

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

Rich colors to choose from 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 even greater 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. This set and several others with different graphics are available from eeBoo. 5 and up, up, up.

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

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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
Crayola Digital Light Designer
(Crayola $59.99 Score:)

Forget about paper, now kids can draw on a "Spinning Light Canvas" that is really a light dome. It is activated with a stylus that is used to draw anywhere on the round surface that lights up as they draw. Kids can make drawings, animations, and messages. They can keep favorite creations and there are eight game and activity apps to add to the fun. This does come with a warning about this being an inappropriate toy for those who are photosensitive and have seizures from flashing lights and patterns. 6 & up.

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

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2012 Award
eeBoo Sketchbook with Glow in the Dark Covers
(eeBoo $6.00 Score:)

60 pages in these handsome spiral sketchpads 8.5 x 11.5. Choose from the many covers to appeal to the child you are shopping for this season. We like the fact that there are covers to appeal to boys as well as girls and pencil kits that match. This gives a real gifty look to what we consider basic gear for school-aged kids who will use these kinds of supplies well past the holiday season.

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

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2012 Award
eeBoo Play Papers
(eeBoo $8.00 Score:)

Choose from the many packs of special printed papers that are ideal for origami, collage, scrapbooking and general paper crafts. There are 54 sheets in a pack, all in different colorful patterns. Inside the package are directions for simple origami and other craft ideas.  The self-sealing envelope keeps the paper supply fresh between projects.

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

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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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