10 of the best children's art and craft items

Treat your child to these arts and crafts goodies

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  • Arts and crafts for creative toddlers

    October is The Big Draw month, where museums and galleries open their doors to let children around the country explore and find their inner artist. We decided to round up the best artistic and creative goodies that will get your child thinking, painting and probably messy. It's all in the name of art though!

    Drawing is a great tool for helping children see, think and invent, so make sure you check out The Big Draw events happening around the UK and encourage your child to get stuck in.

    From the classic art of drawing, to stamping, painting and sticking, here's our pick of the best arts and crafts items around for pint-sized Picasso...

  • Fingerprinting set, Cox & Cox

    Create a masterpiece using the fun stamps, stencils and your own fingerprints. Best for ages 3 years and up.

    Fingerprinting art set, £9, Cox & Cox.

  • Animal figures, Hamleys

    Create these wild animals using materials such as paint and pom poms. Best for ages 4 years and up.

    Make and Display Animals, £16, Hamleys.

  • Easel, KidKraft

    Make like a real artist with this sturdy easel, which comes with rolls of paper to let your child run wild with his imagination! Best for ages 4 years and up.

    KidKraft Easel with paper roll, £69.99, Hello Baby.

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  • LEGO man crayons, Stardust Kids

    Made from recycled Crayola crayons, these colourful cuties are non toxic and last for ages! Best for ages 2 years and up.

    LEGO men crayons, £6.99 (set of 6), Stardust Kids.

  • Creative box, Letterbox

    Make hundreds of fab bits and bobs with this mini suitcase full of materials. It includes crayons, safety scissors, pompoms, feathers and pipecleaners, to name just a few. Best for ages 3 years and up.

    My big craft kit, £25, Letterbox.

  • Magnetic board, Melissa and Doug

    A mess-free creative option. Choose from 120 geometric magnets to create anything you want on your magnetic board. Best for ages 3 years and up.

    Melissa and Doug magnetic pattern block kit, £14.25, Amazon.

  • Animal erasers, Pedlars

    Choose from a Gorilla, Bear or Rhino to correct your mistakes when creating your work of art. Best for ages 2 years and up.

    Giant animal erasers, £9.95 each, Pedlars.

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  • Colour-in-yourself jigsaw, Tate Shop

    Your toddler can create his very own jigsaw by painting over a blank canvas - the tricky part is remembering how it all goes back together again! Best for ages 2 years and up.

    Colour-in-yourself jigsaw puzzle, £5, Tate Online Shop.

  • Activity kit, The Pod Company

    Decorate your own wiggly snake with this fab kit. Best for ages 3 years and up.

    Ladybird Activity Kit - Things to Make, £11.95, The Pod Company.

  • Felt sheets, Yellow Moon

    This colourful set includes 10 sheets of self-adhesive felt in assorted colours, which your child can cut out into whatever shape they wish. Best for ages 3 years and up.

    Self-adhesive felt sheets, £3.99 (pack of 10), Yellow Moon.

Last updated on 7 October 2010