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25 Art-Encouraging Toys

From Paper Craft Puppets to Chalkboard Building Blocks

— May 25, 2015 — Life-Stages
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.
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Child-Friendly 3D Pens
Child-Friendly 3D Pens
The 3Doodler Start is a Safer 3D Pen Designed For Children
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Anti-Mess Glitter Toys
Anti-Mess Glitter Toys
The Melissa & Doug Mess-Free Glitter Foam Stickers Require Zero Cleanup
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Monster-Shaped Crayons
Monster-Shaped Crayons
These 3D-Printed Crayons for Kids Benefit Abused & Neglected Children
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Deliciously Scented Pencils
Deliciously Scented Pencils
Sketch and Sniff Colored Pencils Look and Smell Amazing
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Kids Textured Painting Kits
Kids Textured Painting Kits
This Painting Kit is Created for the Young Artist Pushing Boundaries
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Spin Art Activity Kits
Spin Art Activity Kits
Toys R Us' Creates an Imaginative Toy for Hands-On Play
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Doodle-Encouraging Frames
Doodle-Encouraging Frames
The Vandalijst Invites You to Scribble on Pictures for Fun
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Paper Medieval Toys
Paper Medieval Toys
The Kingdom Kit by Hadar Kimchy is Made for Fantasy Fans
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Artistry Teaching Toys
Artistry Teaching Toys
The Dora the Explorer Trace and Learn Projector Teaches Art Basics
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Hi-Tech Artsy Toys
Hi-Tech Artsy Toys
This Mechanical Butterfly Was Designed to Be Decorated by the Child
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Spray Chalk Cans
Spray Chalk Cans
This Non-Toxic Spray Chalk Paint Washes Off with Soap and Water
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Washable Coloring Mats
Washable Coloring Mats
This Reusable Mat Includes Washable Markers
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Craft-Containing Cans
Craft-Containing Cans
The Creativity Can Lets Kids Get Imaginative With Less Structure in Place
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Kid-Friendly Design Books
Kid-Friendly Design Books
This Children's Art Book is Designed to Teach Readers About Color
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Bathtub Artist Kits
Bathtub Artist Kits
ALEX Toy's Paint in the Tub Playset Makes for an Easy Clean Up
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Halloween Coloring Projects
Halloween Coloring Projects
The Haunted Haus by Moses Knows is a Three-Dimensional Activity
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AR Coloring Book Apps
AR Coloring Book Apps
The Chromville Augmented Reality Learning App Brings Drawings to Life
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Whimsical Paper Playsets
Whimsical Paper Playsets
This Paper Craft for Kids Inspires Kids to Create Dreamy Cloud Cities
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Coloring Book Tablets
Coloring Book Tablets
The Griffin LightBoard Lets Kids Trace Pictures Displayed on the iPad
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DIY Paper Doll Crafts
DIY Paper Doll Crafts
Mr Printables Features Paper-Made Cone Girl Designs
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Paper Craft Kids Costumes
Paper Craft Kids Costumes
These Paper Costumes by ‘Cox & Cox’ are Great Alternatives
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Toy Inventor Apps
Toy Inventor Apps
Make Toys with Autodesk's 3D-Printing Tinkerplay App
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Doodle-Friendly Home Decor
Doodle-Friendly Home Decor
This Collection Includes a Canvas Table, Draw-On Pillows and Aprons
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10
Girl Construction Toys
Girl Construction Toys
GoldieBlox and The Builder's Survival Kit Teaches Important Skills
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Toy Chalkboard Cubes
Toy Chalkboard Cubes
The Naef 'Colorem' Allows Your Children to Build Creative Skills
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Kid Art Jewelry
Kid Art Jewelry
Etsy Shop CaitlynMinimalist Turns Children's Drawings into Pendents
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Responsible Kite Packaging
Responsible Kite Packaging
Lily Li's Versatile Design Can be Repurposed as Storage and Supplies
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Pop-Up Paper Toys
Pop-Up Paper Toys
These Fun Foldable Paper Toys Can Be Customized with Color
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Educational Craft Subscriptions
Educational Craft Subscriptions
Green Kid Crafts' Activity Boxes Gift Smarts & Sustainability
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Adorable DIY Music Makers
Adorable DIY Music Makers
Create a Pitch Perfect Pair of Drums in Just a Few Simple Steps
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3
Paper Ice Cream Playsets
Paper Ice Cream Playsets
Mr. Printables' No-Mess Paper Popsicle & Ice Cream Toys Won't Melt
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2
Crafty Marker Scissors
Crafty Marker Scissors
The ColorCutter ShapeShark Transforms Doodles into Creative Cutouts
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DIY Paper Box Puppets
DIY Paper Box Puppets
Turn an Ordinary Pasta Box into a Fun Children's Toy with This Tutorial
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