I positively love toys that get kids to think and do, rather than catch their attention for a few hours and then be tossed aside and forgotten. BeginAgain Toys has the distinct advantage of doing just that, encouraging kids to interact and focusing in on important skills for childhood development.
"BeginAgain was founded on the principles, ideas, and inventions of Benjamin Barlowe, an early 20th century inventor from Fort Collins. Ben's fantastic tales and astute observations of his grandchildren, Zadie and Fuller, are the inspiration behind our products. His archive overflows with tinkered toys, playful mechanisms, and incredible stories filled with nostalgia, history, and lessons on how things used to be."
Benjamin Barlowe studied and wrote about 5 distinct play styles that kids interact and play in daily, and BeginAgain's "A WISH" collection is designed to encourage play in each of the 5 styles noted!
A is for the Artist (creative play, music)
W is for the Writer (storytelling, role play)
I is for the Inventor (games, science)
S is for the Sportster (sports and exercise)H is for the Hero (pretend play, action figures)
The Artist On The Go set is perfect for every child, as they're all artists! It's especially handy if, like mine, they decide they want to color and draw on a whim and don't want to wait for Mama to get the crayons ready on the table. (Happens all too often)
This kid-sized art kit is made from natural cotton fibers and contains a recycled paper spiral notebook, 5 thick paperboard drawing stencils (including a 6" straight ruler,) 12 mini colored pencils, 2 wood pencils, and a small metal pencil sharpener.
The shop online states that the set comes with 10 soy crayons instead of the colored pencils I received. I actually like the colored pencils a little better though, as a mom I picture the travel kit being accidentally left in a hot car for a day and coming back to find a melty crayon mess! The colored pencils have vibrant color hues and, in my opinion, work a little better with the included stencils than the crayons would have. Still, the little pockets that hold the colored pencils will easily accommodate crayons if you so choose.
I really love the unique design and sturdy construction of the paperboard stencils included in the set. Each one swoops, loops, and inspires creativity on so many levels! They work perfectly with the recycled paper notebook, which has blank white pages to let your munchkin's imagination run wild.
The whole kit folds up nicely into an 8"x10" rectangle, which fits perfectly into most purses, diaper bags, and backpacks. It even has handles for your little one to carry around home, the airport, school, or restaurants with pride! At just $24.99, the Artist On The Go travel kit makes the perfect holiday gift for creative young minds. (Okay, young and old minds. I wouldn't mind getting one in my stocking!)
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