Arty stuff for the not-so-arty
If getting your kids to connect with their creative side is like trying to get them to eat sprouts, then tempt out their arty talents with one of these ingenious sets…
Walls made for drawing on
Brilliant idea this! If your kids insist on unleashing their art on the bedroom walls, get them to do it in style with this Frames interactive wallpaper (available in three colours). Paste up the paper, then leave it up to the kids to decide what do with it – display works of art, paint directly in to a frame, add favourite photos, postcards… whatever they want. There are lots of other funky styles in the range, from Marvel’s comic heroes and Frozen’s famous sisters to a cosmic city (with alien), all ready and waiting to be coloured in and customised.
Graham & Brown Taylor & Wood Wallpaper Artists Frames Black / White by Taylor & Wood (ages 3+): £20 a roll. Grahambrown.com
Ever wondered what it’s like to invent a music player for a robot, a remote control for a pirate, or cooking utensil for a vampire teen? Well, no, neither have we, but the Extraordinaires Inventions is a game that will get your your kids inventing and devising original solutions to unusual problems – sneakily teaching them how to design as they go along. The Extraordinaires are a bunch of kooky characters, and the task is to design wildly imaginative objects for them. With over 200 designs and challenges across three levels, it's hours of bizarrely creative fun for the kids and you – this is a game the whole family can get in on. When you’re done creating your unique design, you can upload it to The Extraordinaires® Design Studio Uploader – a free app by The Creativity Hub, which lets kids look at the gallery of inventions created by others and also add their own.
The Extraordinaires Design Studio (aged 8+): £15. happypuzzle.co.uk
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This finger-printing art set is made for little ’uns who are all fingers and thumbs when it comes to drawing. Simply stick a digit into one of the coloured inkpads to add faces and features to the cool dinosaur or cute fairy characters, depending on which set you go for. Then make use of the rubber stamps (featuring nifty details, like fairy wings and dino claws) and colouring pencils to add details and create cards or mini masterpieces. Hours of messy fun – just watch out for those colourful fingerprints on your nice white walls.