Using a little creativity when choosing gifts for school-age family members or friends can really pay off….with gifts that youngsters grow with rather than out grow. Some expand children’s creativity and curiosity and encourage learning throughout the year. They also can provide opportunities for family members to join in the learning process.
- Art Supplies. Young artists will appreciate basic art supplies, like paper, paints, markers, pencils and crayons. Avoid art kits that have pre-designed patterns, since children should be encourage to use their imaginations and creativity.
- Framed Art. Have a piece of your child’s artwork matted and framed; this transforms a temporary “refrigerator door” piece of art into a beautiful wall piece that your child can treasure in adult years. Your child may also enjoy a work of art purchase at an art fair, gallery or museum shop. Additionally, some libraries and art museums rent or loan art pieces.
- Nontraditional Art. For students who do not express an interest in traditional art, select a gift in some other art form. Architects, illustrators, filmmakers, fashion designers, cartoonists and industrial designers are also artists.
- Photography. A digital camera of one’s own is a good gift idea for students who have an interest in art, as well as for students who have not yet acquired that interest. Children can take pictures on family trips or can use photography to collect ideas for drawings and paintings.
- Private Space. Provide your child a special place to work on art projects, such as an easel in a quiet corner with good lighting and a comfortable stool.