From Paper Craft Puppets to Chalkboard Building Blocks

By: Jana Pijak - May 25, 2015
These art-encouraging toys range from paper craft puppets to building blocks that feature customizable chalkboard faces. These products don't only encourage creativity but are also fun for all ages. As DIY crafts and art activity kits grow more popular among parents, retailers' focus on anti-tech toys is also prevalent.

While tech-fuelled toys are a natural progression for many manufacturers, others are rebelling and are reviving classic activity sets that require nothing more than some creative tools and some imagination.

Standouts include high tech art toys -- a 3D-printed butterfly figurine that can be customized and colored in by kids -- and responsible kite kits that are not only artistic but also sustainable in their design. Overall, these art-encouraging toys blend education with fun and make playtime more meaningful for growing minds.