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I know you’re searching for meaningful gifts for your kids – gifts that aren’t just plastic and battery operated. I’ve searched for the best gift ideas to encourage your children to write and invent stories. All of these I highly recommend – and would buy for my own kids. (Or already have.) See if you find anything that your kids will like.
Let me know what you think in the comments!
For hours for creative fun, the A-B-Seas Stamp Set from Authentic Models holds the key. With 42 stamps, letters, stickers and an ink pad, Authentic Models really know how to create traditional toys that never get old.
Give comic-loving children hours of creative fun with this comic book kit. Children love spending time using the markers, stencils and stamps to fill in the blank comic panels to tell their own imaginative stories. They might create their own superheroes and villains or perhaps focus on quieter stories, using the provided materials to exercise their creative muscles as they work to draw and write out their ideas.
New prose on the block: eight cubes with 1.6 million ways to rock your word.An ingenious way to give your mind a break and get your creativity flowing, these eight wooden blocks feature an evocative word, creatively lettered on each side to encourage your poetic license. Flip them, shift them, pick-and-choose, and then build poetic phrases to express how you feel, or just play and surprise yourself with what you have to say. Includes eight wooden blocks and tray. 48 words total: 1.6 million verbal combinations possible.
We play with these at dinner!
Tap your inner poet for expressive, free-styling fun. Ideal for individual or group creativity, a set of 63 word dice offer endless combinations for unexpected prose. Simply huddle around the cubes to write and roll! Just one rule: it’s not a haiku unless it’s a three-line pattern of five-seven-five syllables.
Use the two inspiration cubes to get the poem rolling, or muse on the fly. Break out the word stack after dinner, on family trips or anytime you’re ready to wax poetic. When not in use, this wordy matrix dresses up tabletops and speaks volumes to your creativity.
Simplify your desk and your pockets with this super-thin innovative ruler pen that features an orange highlighter, a black ballpoint pen, a pencil and a PDA stylus all in one.
To change the options, simply hold the pen horizontally and rotate it until the icon for the desired function faces up, then just click on button #1. To retract any function click on button #2. Ruler features centimeters and inches and there is an eraser under button #1. Instructions and case included. Refills available for lead, ink, highlighter, stylus, and eraser.
Choose from tons of cover styles and designs — soft canvas covers individually stitched down the spine for an eco-friendly binding solution. 80 pages.
$17 – $20
Fancifully illustrated cards help children & adults create their own stories. Imaginative pre-reading activity.
Set of 30 postcards featuring playful designs and open-ended artwork to paint, draw and color. Easy to start and hard to put down. Designed to spur creative thinking.
Lettering in Crazy Cool Quirkly Style is a tool kit for any kid who wants to make nifty report covers, door signs, posters, birthday cards… whatever.
A bound-on pouch holds the tools, like fine-tipped markers, a mechanical pencil and a white eraser (on the outside chance any mistakes get made). Best of all? Artist’s pencils in 16 different shades turn your words into distinctively colorful language. Use the included practice paper to trace our illustrator’s alphabets, or copy them freehand. Not simple enough? We also threw in five plastic stencils- two complete alphabets plus assorted extras – to act as super-stylish training wheels. Written by the editors of Klutz.
Monkeys, snakes, birds and bugs galore combine to create a jungle straight out of your imagination! This extra-large stamp set for kids makes it easy to create an exciting storyline or a color-in scene: It includes 20 rubber-faced, wooden-handled outline stamps and a two-color stamp pad filled with blue and green washable ink. Five colored pencils coordinate with the jungle theme to add details and color in the scene. It’s a complete arts & crafts activity and storytelling kit in one!
“Draw” student attention with these gourmet-scented, environmentally friendly pencils. An alternative to wooden pencils, Smencils are made from 100% recycled newspapers – you can even see the layers of newspaper when you sharpen them! Individually packed in their own freshness tubes, the ten “scent” sational fragrances are guaranteed to keep their wonderful aromas for two years. Available in a big bucket of 50 or a convenient zippered bag.
Get rid of paper notepads–these LCD writing tablets are great for those instances when you would normally need paper and pen–they are the ultimate Magic Slate! To write or draw, use the included stylus or any other non-sharp implement (like the back of a fingernail, a chopstick, a comb, even a thumb). To erase, press the button and start over. Bonus–we’re including a stylus holder that slides over the top of the board–use it to cover the erase button to prevent accidental erasures. You also get four adhesive magnets so you can hang your Boogie Board!
From the creators of Creative Kids magazine, a fill-in book to document passions and interests, reflections, lists of interests, and more.
This game is a HIT in our house! It’s great for lazy afternoons, road trips, and long waits.
Imagine if you told the stories and then wrote them down!
Simply draw two yellow cards to reveal who your tale’s characters will be. Maybe she’s a couch potato who can talk to cows, or he’s a sea captain who only knows three words. Then the blue cards provide the situations that put your tale into motion.
The included booklet contains instructions, games and prompts, and soon you’ll be off exploring the reaches of your imagination.
I received this product complimentary from Uncommon Goods but that in no way influenced my endorsement. I just love it!
(Look for stocking stuffers at Uncommon Goods as well, there are lots to choose from.)
Adorable journals of reclaimed wool with Velcro closure
Siz: 5” x 7”
Contents: each journal contains a spiral bound journal (100 blank pages)
Choose one of three brightly colored cartoon-style mats – complete with chalk and erasers – so your tiny scholar can revel in the joy of learning again and again. Available in numbers, letters, or a combination of both! Sold as a set of 4.
You’ve got mail! With this toy mailbox, your child can send and receive all kinds of letters. Just like the real thing, the wooden box has a hinged door and red flag, and comes with letter and number stickers for extra decorating fun. The set includes two postcards, a ruled letter, envelope, and wipe-clean crayons so that kids can reuse them again and again! Drawing activities and play ideas are included for even more fun.
For ages 4 and up
• My Own Mailbox activity set
• Set includes two postcards, ruled letter, envelope, letter and number stickers, and wipe-clean crayons
• Features hinged door and red flag.
My kids LOVE these!!
Write stuff, draw random things, destroy if needed…
The perfect solution for all “dude kind,” Dude Diary has everyday life stuff like favorite candy bars, friends, gaming scores, and what’s been on your mind, mixed in with outrageous “what if” scenarios and anything-but-ordinary questions. What would you do if you were invisible? Are your nostrils the same size and shape? Who’s cooler — Batman or Wolverine?
It’s the ultimate un-diary that boys will want to write in, draw on, and lock up. Dude Diary. comes with a lock and key, so all the awesomeness can never be leaked out. Access denied to anyone but the owner. Sweet.
We highly recommend this!! (And my kids are girls — who love these!)
Cool dudes need their own space to draw, doodle, and write things that are floating through their restless minds. Whether you’re a budding Picasso or just the cute boy next store, this trade paperback will serve your purpose.
Would one of these gifts would get your kids exited to write?
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