Now it's time to be creative. Even if you want to include other toys and goodies in your gift basket the first things you want to choose is the Crayola art materials.
You need to choose the art materials carefully. This is because different art materials are good for different ages. A toddler does not play happily with the same art materials that an older child will play with.
What Art Materials for a Toddler?
Jumbo Crayons and Finger Paints
If your basket will be for a toddler go with jumbo crayons and finger paints because they are good first art materials.
Jumbo crayons are easy to hold and hard to break.
Finger paints are good because they don't need a brush so they are easier to use. They let toddlers find out about how colors mix together. Finger paints are also better for toddler learning. This is because they let a children learn through sight and touch. When you paint with a brush you learn through looking not feeling.
What Art Materials for a Preschool Child?
A preschool child can use toddler art supplies. They are good for preschoolers for the same reasons they are good for toddlers. But older preschool children can also use normal markers, crayons and paints too. How old the preschool is, how good their coordination is and how much experience they have had with art are all important. If the child is 3 years old, is a bit clumsy and hasn't used art materials much the toddler choices are best. If they are 4 or 5 years old and love their art time then the usual crayons, markers and paint will be fine.
What Art Materials for School Children?
School children need more colors to enjoy their art time. This means the bigger sets of crayons and markers (64 or 120) are the best. The Crayola art activity sets are also a good choice for this age.