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Top Tips on How To Nurture Your Budding Artists



Finally an easy solution to display your child’s artwork!  Our handy Art Cabinets display one piece of art while storing up to fifty 8 1⁄2″ x 11″ masterpieces.  The hinged frame comes in white or black with a white mat.  Buy one or many to create your own art gallery! Can be hung vertically or horizontally. $39.99 HERE




Is your child the next Picasso?  Does he love to draw, paint and create things but you’re not sure if it is “good” or not?

According to Rhoda Kellogg, a psychologist, scholar and child educator who collected and studied children’s art over the course of her lifetime, children all go through similar stages of drawing.  They are stimulated to each new level because of discoveries they make about their OWN drawings, NOT by observing the world around them.  Interesting!

From 1948 to 1981, Kellogg collected several-million drawings made by children, ages two through six, as they scribbled to teach themselves how to draw.  Kellogg’s thesis was that universal patterns and developmental stages can be found in a study of children’s art.

Here are those Kellogg’s famous key stages:

1. A child scribbles for the pure fun of it.

2. The child gains enough control to produce shapes that have occurred in random scribbles

3. Shapes are combined; lines begin to cross, breaking the design into “mandalas.”

4. Sun appears as an outgrowth of mandala drawings.

5. The sun acquires some characteristics of a human.

6. The sun begins to evolve into a human.

7. Rays give way to “legs.”

8. More body parts appear.

9. The older child delights in adding detail to humans.


Children will love their own Art Set 101, that comes with everything they’ll need to create a masterpiece.  With 179 pieces and a handy pop-up easel, it even includes a learning guide to teach easy steps to draw, paint or color.  Makes a great gift for most ages.  $36.99




How to Talk to Kids About Their Art

Jean Van’t Hul, from The Artful Parent, says it’s important how parents talk to their children about their artwork.  What you say or don’t say may discourage them from being creative, so keep these tips in mind:


-ASK them to tell you about their artwork

-COMMENT on the lines or colors, etc. that they are using (I see that you are making lots of purple dots. I like how the red paint is mixing with the yellow paint here.)

-ACKNOWLEDGE how hard (carefully, enthusiastically, long) they worked on their artwork


-Ask, “What is that?”

-Say an automatic “That’s pretty,cool, or beautiful” before you ask them to explain their art first



The perfect addition to any playroom, our exclusive set of four tiny Tin-plated Pails are perfect for kid’s supplies or as simple catch-alls for little things. ON SALE now for only $4.99 (was $14.99!)





Now you can match your pencils to your home office or room decor! Our exclusive #2 hardwood Personalized Pencils come in a multitude of colors and designs, great for school, perfect for home or office too. Set of 12, $11.99 each, or two or more sets for $9.99 each.  See full collection HERE





A contemporary tabletop organizer for their (or your) art or office supplies, our attractive and handy Stash Multi-room Organizer by Boon can be used for your desk or in your bathroom for makeup and little essentials.  Makes a great gift! $29.99



Little ones will love this coloring fun with Mudpuppy’s animals of the world Mini Coloring Roll, featuring tons of exotic animals just waiting to be filled in! Perfect for travel and on the go fun, crayons included. Ages 3+. $7.99 Makes a perfect stocking stuffer!




A handsome barrel of Colored Pencils will inspire anyone to get creative! This set of 36 cedar wood, clay and wax pencils come in a rainbow of shades. Only $6.99. Great stocking stuffer or gift for a teacher.


For more inspiration and gift ideas for your budding artist, shop HERE!

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