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IlluStory Book Kit

IlluStory is a multi-award winning kit that lets you write and illustrate your very own professionally typeset, hardbound book! This kit includes markers and special book pages for creating an original story that is mailed to the publisher in the postpaid envelope provided. Each book features up to 12 pages with 20 typeset words, and includes a Title page, Dedication page and a special "About-the-Author" page. The author's name, book title and illustration are laminated onto the cover. You have your choice of six cover colors to choose from. Additional reproductions and rush service are optional. The IlluStory kit now offers an Internet production option that includes online drawing tools and allows for more words per page, a choice of font styles and colors, and faster delivery times at no extra cost. IlluStory has won many prestigious awards such as the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award; Dr. Toy Best Toy Award; Parents' Choice Classic Award and the Family Life's Best Learning Toy Award.


Design Your Own Soccer Ball Kit

Design your own soccer ball with this simple kit. The kit includes a size five (regulation-size) all-weather soccer ball, a pump, a set of six paints (in red, blue, green, yellow, black, and white), a specially formulated paint medium to help the paints stick, and a couple of brushes. The process is simple: Pump up the ball and then paint the white sections in any color scheme. The instructions suggest using team or school colors and painting on names of friends or team members. Allow each part of the ball to dry for two to four hours before rotating the ball to paint the next part. Once the entire ball is painted, another 36 hours of drying time is required to ensure that the paint adheres well. The result is a fun, personalized soccer ball that's perfect for practice games or family outings. --Elisabeth Fredrickson


Artist Easel with Tray Supplies

With this well-designed, double-sided easel, preschoolers can enjoy the advantages of creative expression on an upright surface. The easel's frame is made from sturdy wood left in its natural state, with thick pressed board used as the bases for the art surfaces. One side of the easel has a 24-by-24-inch, green chalkboard, and the other side has a 24-by-24-inch, white dry-erase board. Two removable, washable trays are included to attach to the easel (one with molded spaces to hold paint jars and brushes). The easel requires simple assembly, but no tools are required and all bolts and plastic bolt covers are included. Some thoughtful design aspects include an adjustable height feature, a convenient, built-in paper towel holder, and two metal clips to attach paper for painting. Included in the set are some art supplies to get started: four large, no-spill paint jars, six small jars of poster paint, four paint brushes, a package of colored chalk, six dry-erase markers, a foam eraser. This set was a winner of the Dr. Toy Best Classic Toys Award, and it would be a winning addition to any playroom, family daycare home, or preschool. --Marcie Bovetz, mother and former children's librarian


Butterflies Kit

Re-create Mother Nature's beautiful designs on the wings of butterflies with this kit from Balitono. It includes 4-inch wooden butterflies that can be used as refrigerator magnets, hanging sculptures, window decorations, and toy treasures. The kit offers three butterflies, nontoxic acrylic paints in five colors, shiny varnish, and a paintbrush. Each figure also comes with a press-on magnet, hanging accessories, a suction cup (for window use), and a small gift tag. An easy-to-follow instruction sheet includes compelling facts about the nature of butterflies. Colorful illustrations on the box show a wide variety of butterflies young artists might like to paint. A coded diagram inside identifies each species by name. Children may want to give these items as gifts, use them to decorate their rooms, or simply use them in creative play. --Joan DeClaire


Wee Enchanted Garden Kit

For kids who want to experience the magic of growing their own garden, this kit is a fun and inventive experience. It contains everything you need to grow a small terrarium complete with an entire community of tiny fantastical inhabitants. Paint the special planter with the paints (three primary colors included), fill with soil, and then plant the enclosed beans and grass seeds. Then it's time to arrange the tiny fairy cottage, use the green pebbles to make a tiny path, and decorate the garden with the rocks, shells, and plastic animals that come with the kit. As the beans sprout and grow, you can cut and shape them so they look like miniature trees--and for variety, add pepper, lemon, cantaloupe, and tomato seeds and watch just what comes up. --John Longenbaugh


Girl Crush - Hair Beader Activity Kit with 100 Beads and 20 Fasteners

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Groovy Ceramic Lamp

Too many craft projects end up in the drawer; this paint-it-yourself electric bedside lamp kit can light up a room. Included are a small ceramic lamp, a plain white shade, and the basics for decorating them. There's a six-pot set of mixable paints, and also a 20-inch strip of pink pompoms for the shade's fringe, complete with glue. Obviously, these can be supplemented with other craft materials of your choosing. The lamp and shade together are 10 inches high and a 15-watt candle-style bulb is already included. --Richard Farr


Deluxe Wide Neck Starter Kit

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Bathtub Finger Painting Kit

Most painters have to clean up after they're done, but with this set of five bright finger-paint soaps, you can paint and get clean at the same time. Squeeze a dab of each color into the enclosed hand-shaped artist's palette and you're all set to turn your tub into an impressionistic masterpiece. When it's towel time, wipe the pigment away using the included fish-shaped sponge. Don't forget to wear a beret in the tub for the right effect. Paints are orange, blue, yellow, green, and purple. They are not heavily scented, and the pigments are child friendly. --Richard Farr


Color In Tattoos Kit

Express yourself by designing your own temporary tattoos. Apply the enclosed tattoo outline transfers and color them in using the washable skin markers (and your imagination). Or use the markers alone and work freestyle to create your own body art masterpieces. Tattoos last one to three days. They can be removed with rubbing alcohol or soap and water (and a little elbow grease), or peeled off using adhesive tape. This kit includes over 50 tattoos. Both markers and transfers are made from nontoxic, water-based materials. --Alison Golder


My Jewelry Box Kit

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Make-Your-Own Opoly

Monopoly's popularity is of epic proportions. This quintessential board game challenges wannabe capitalists of all ages to accumulate as much wealth as possible by buying, selling, and trading properties; collecting rents; and various other windfalls. Keeping players engrossed for hours, Monopoly requires clever strategizing and sometimes ruthless business maneuvers. Numerous versions of the thoroughly satisfying game have appeared over the years, but Make-Your-Own Opoly could be even better--because players create it themselves! The game includes everything needed to hand-customize the game board, cards, play money--even the box. Whether using a computer and printer or simply a pen and scissors, anyone can manufacture the perfect individualized "Smith-opoly," "Baldwin Middle School-opoly," or "Timbuktu-opoly." Contains CD-ROM, floppy disk, paper and label set, game board, six colored pawns, two dice, easy-to-follow publishing booklet, and game instructions. For two to six players. --Emilie Coulter


Puppies Kit

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My Paper Craft Case

This colorful plastic briefcase, packed with paper-craft supplies, is perfect for the child who adores art projects. The case, which measures just over 9 by 12 inches, has tuck-in tab closures and a purple carrying handle. Open it up and you'll find a whole host of materials, including colorful construction paper, shiny metallic paper, geometric-shaped tissue paper, dot stickers, doilies and doily hearts, pipe cleaners, color-and-cut cardboard animal masks, origami paper, and creative origami folding instructions. The set also comes with an idea booklet that will teach you how to make several different paper projects, from doily tiaras to fancy paper fans to finger puppet friends. There's enough here to keep the most ardent arts-and-crafts enthusiast busy, and it all stows neatly in the plastic case for convenient cleanup and transport. --Elisabeth Fredrickson


Alex Giant Weaving Loom

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Giant Bead Box

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My Story Book

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Super Stationery Scratch-Art Kit

Stationery will never be its plain, boring old self again when children begin writing on the special paper in this Super Stationery Scratch-Art Kit. The kit includes 25 sheets of black note paper and 25 brightly colored envelopes. When the paper is scratched by the set's wooden drawing sticks, bright colors are revealed in startling contrast to the black paper. Five sheets reveal gold, 5 reveal silver, 5 reveal fluorescent, and 10 reveal multiple colors. Surprisingly beautiful designs and writing can be made by even the most untrained hand. The kit also has a set of stencils, so young artists can trace their favorite designs onto notes. Instructions are clear and to the point. This kit will transform writing thank-you notes or invitations from a chore to a creative and enjoyable activity for children. --Lee Strucker


Plate Works

Make a gift Grandma won't forget! With this activity kit, you create your own artwork, then you send it to Chimeric, which transfers the art onto a 10-inch plate, an 8-inch bowl, or a 12-ounce mug. The set includes five sheets of special drawing paper and markers. You can create your work of art with the materials provided or you can use other art materials. You can also use a photograph and decorate it. When your artwork is completed, send it to the manufacturer in the provided postpaid envelope. Your project will be returned to you in five to seven weeks as a decorated plate, bowl, or mug (you get to choose). Extra matching items (all durable and dishwasher safe) are available from the manufacturer in any combination. Shipping and handling costs are not included. --S.J. Kurtz


Cast & Paint: Krazy Kars with Blo-Pens

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Photostory Junior Book Kit

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Eyewitness Kit: 19" Tyrannosaurus Rex Dinosaur Casting Kit

Every child seems to go through a dinosaur phase, and this kit is perfect for those who are intensely curious about digging up bones and being a scientist who studies dinosaurs. An adult will likely need to help with just about every part of this process, from casting the 18 pieces (making sure to expel any air bubbles) to painting them to gluing magnets on the back. Obviously, assembly is only one part of this endeavor. An 11-page instruction booklet thoroughly answers the "why "questions, such as: Why are there holes in the skull? Why is the neck so short? Why do we call this dino "lizard-hipped"? Satisfaction comes when the job is done and the skeleton can be displayed on magnetic surfaces. The kit is designed to complement the Eyewitness book Dinosaur. --Sally James


Groovy Girls Perfectly Picturific Scrapbook Kit

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Groovy Girls Shrink Charms

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Horses Kit

Horse-lovers will enjoy painting three wooden horses, which can be used as refrigerator magnets, hanging sculptures, window decorations, and toy figurines. The kit includes three 5-inch handcarved horses, nontoxic acrylic paints in five colors, shiny varnish, and a paintbrush. Each horse comes with a press-on magnet, hanging accessories, a suction cup (for window use), and a small gift tag. An easy-to-follow instruction sheet includes compelling facts about the history and nature of horses. Colorful photos on the box show horses in their habitats, serving as the artist's guide to authentic renditions. Children may want to give these items as gifts, use them to decorate their rooms, or simply use them in creative play. --Joan DeClaire


Deluxe Blo-Pens Creative Activity Kit

Like miniature cans of spray paint, the pens in this 50-piece Blopens activity kit can be used to make a wide variety of colorful stencil and airbrush pictures. The kit contains 15 pens, including five color-changing ones, and 23 precut stencils. Each pen is filled with nontoxic, washable ink. By blowing into one end of the pen young artists can create a colorful airbrush effect on paper. A sturdy cardboard workstation that holds all of the pens has been included, along with eight sheets of paper, a carry case for the whole set, and an instruction and idea booklet. --Chris Burns


Dot To Dot Art To Go

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Eyewitness Kit: Horse Casting Kit, Clydesdale, Thoroughbred, and Wild Horse

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Make Your Own Fleece Pillow

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Sponge Painting Party Kit

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Paint Your Own Music Box

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3-pack Starter Kit

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Block Party Bracelet Kit

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Horse Family Kit

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Deluxe Pottery Wheel with Refill

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Cast & Paint T-Rex

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Girlfitti Smart Charms

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Stepping Stone Kit

What a great way to make an impression. This Kids' Step Stone Kit includes everything you need to make a wonderful stepping stone: StoneCraft mix (containing Portland Cement and silica sand), rainbow rocks, glass gems and glitter, and a craft stick for writing. Kids will love making pictures of gardens and rainbows, or immortalize their very own handprint--just like the stars. A winner of the 1998 Parents Choice Approval stamp. Adult supervision required. --Andrea Linsky


Eyewitness Kit: Mold-It, Molding and Casting Kit

Why do paleontologists and archaeologists make molds of fossils and artifacts? You'll find out with this unusual Eyewitness Kit that explains the basics of molding and casting. The instruction and information booklet describes different kinds of molds, processes, and materials scientists use to create casts. The kit includes molding material to make a reusable seamless mold of a favorite item and enough casting medium for several creations. Adult supervision is recommended, as this is a somewhat complex and messy operation. Your child could create some unique gifts using this kit--what grandparent wouldn't love a cast of a grandchild's hand? --Marcie Bovetz


Breyer Horses - Paint Your Own Model Horse Activity Kit

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Beeswax Candles

How can your kids make funky, practical art while learning all about everyone's favorite insects? Beeswax Candles & Bee-havior spreads the word about the little honeymakers and includes five brightly colored, 8-inch-by-8-inch sheets of their finest wax, ready for candle-making. The instructions are clear and simple while leaving room for creativity; the only parental supervision needed is in cutting the wicks (and lighting the finished products, of course--beeswax burns hot!). --Rob Lightner


Eyewitness Kit: Butterfly Casting Kit, Monarch, Painted Lady, Swallowtail, and Red Admiral

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Kid's Mosaic Kit

In childhood, stepping stones symbolize the territory we cover, the measured leaps we take from one stage to the next. This Parent's Choice (1998) kit offers children a tangible stepping stone that can be placed in a living room or garden pathway. No matter where the location, it will remain a lasting tribute to a child's growth, achievement, or artistry. The sack of dry cement is mixed with water and poured into a square mold. Glitter and an assortment of colorful stones come with the kit and can be used for decoration. Children can also press their hand- or footprints into the stones or etch words, drawings, or designs into them. Footprints might celebrate a toddler's first step (obviously, parents will need to make the stone in this case); a handprint might honor a child's kindergarten graduation; or a baseball drawing could commemorate a kid's first home run. The possibilities are endless.


Totally Me 2000 Activities Case

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Groovy Girls Room Blooms

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Create Your Own Piggy Bank

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Cast & Paint: Krazy Kar Trucks with Blo-Pens

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Cast & Paint: Krazy Kar Hobby Kit HUMMER H2 with Blo-Pens

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My Scrapbook Activity Kit

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Fast Cars Race Cars

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Action Illustration Set

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Scrapbook and Memory Box Gift Set

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Clikits Cool Room Decor

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Hollywood Costume Designer

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Create Your Own Alarm Clock

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Wrist Rox

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My Birdhouse Kit

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Creative Creatures Kit

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Oodles of Poodles Bobble Head Dogs

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Clikits Trendy Totes

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Lace & Trace Farm and Vehicles 14-piece Set

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Make A Teddy Bear

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Wrist Pix

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Sticky Beads Activity Kits

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Make Your Own Wooden Flower Mirror

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Kodak Travel Memory Kit

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Crayola Pom Pals Creature Kit

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Home Depot Birdhouse with Bird Feeder: Cuckoo Clock

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Shure Ceramic Tile Art

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Go Paint A Kite

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Just Pearls

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Mosaic Flower Stepping Stone Kit

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Totally Me! Sand Art Kit in Carry Case

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Painted Purse Jewelry Box

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Sparkle Bead New Vintage Pins & More

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National Geograhic Bird Feeder Craft Kit

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Make Your Own Door Hanger - Cat and Dog 2-piece Set

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Paint the Wild Four Frog Friends Kit

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Breyer Horses - Model Play Set and Activity Kit

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Ribbon Memory Board

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Shure Woodburning Creations

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Super Watercolor Kit

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Clikits Trendy Totes - Sky Blue

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Gadgetheadz Robot Lab

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Home Depot Jr. Helper Wood Toolbox Set Easy Bolt

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Shure Wooden Weaving Loom

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Do Dots Craft Kit

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Girlfitti Body Art

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Cast & Paint: Krazy Kar Hobby Kit Jimmie Johnson #48 NASCAR with Blo-Pen

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Shure Craft Factory

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World Colors Hemp Bracelet & Ring Kit

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Shure Design Your Own Scrapbook

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Kodak Quick System - Travel Memory Kit

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Kodak Yearbook By Me Memory Kit

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Pooch Poncho Crochet Kit

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Creativity Street Activity Kit

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Create Your Own Watch

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Soap Dough Activity Kit

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Handcrafted Paper

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Garden Art Kit

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Make-Your-Own Sweet Hearts Jewelry Kit

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Large Bead Barrel

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Create Your Own Secret Diary

Your diary is a place to keep all of your private thoughts and feelings safe from the rest of the world. It's meant for YOU alone. That's why diaries come with locks on 'em. With the Create Your Own Secret Diary and Pen kit, you can add a whole new dimension to your diary by also expressing yourself on the outside of it by decorating it uniquely. With the sparkling stickers, brightly colored cord, and fluffy feathers in the kit, you can bring the plain white diary (with lock and key, of course!) to life in a whole new snappy way. Don't forget to jazz up the pen, too! --Alison Golder


Kids' Marble Art Stepping Stone Kit

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Clikits Starry Decoration Set

Who knew LEGO could be so pretty? This baby-blue decoration set polishes up any kid's room with snap-on adornments that add a fashionable flair. The storage box can be adorned with the included click-and-snap pieces, and left-over pieces--there are plenty--can be used for creating gifts and jewelry, or for decorating the matching postcards and doorknob hanger. A pocket-sized hole-puncher is also included; it can be used for school papers, or punching perfect holes for the snap-on jewels. Diane Beall


Decorate Your Own Dollhouse Furniture - Kitchen 6-piece Set

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Learn To Knit - Cool Scarf

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Rock Tumbler Refill Kit

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I Made My Kaleidoscope

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Dream Catchers Kit

Young crafters re-create two artifacts of the Southwest with this dream catcher and basket kit. As they work with the hoops, beads, cord, lacing, feathers, and assorted decorations, including one genuine stone arrowhead, they also learn about the Native American culture that first crafted and used the items. Though the materials are different from the materials the Native Americans first found and gathered from nature, the construction process is very similar and requires the youngsters' care, planning, and dexterity. The colorful results make for a proud display above a bed, desk, or in the family room. The kit includes step-by-step instructions and all the materials needed to make two dream catchers and two baskets. --Ava Natov


6 Exciting Sand Art Projects

Crafty kids will enjoy creating their own colorful, sand-filled bottles with this set. It includes six different kinds of plastic bottles (ranging in size from 4 to 8 inches), five bags of sand in primary colors, a funnel, and trimmings--such as eyes, pom-poms, and feathers--to add to the animal-shaped bottles. A plastic straw and a thin wooden stick are also included with instructions for creating designs within the layers of sand. This set would be a handy, one-size-fits-all birthday party gift, or it could be used to create six small presents for friends and family. --Marcie Bovetz


Wood Burning Kit

Craft-minded older kids will enjoy the breadth of activities supplied in this Wood Burning Kit. A wood-burning tool that plugs into a household socket is used to make designs in wood, corkboard, or leather. The tool's tip gets extremely hot, so work safety habits are a must. Leather work gloves (not supplied) will prevent inevitable slips that could cause hand burns. Working with the tool in wood or leather is a truly satisfying experience and can teach young artisans the eye-hand skills that are the foundation of artistic and mechanical ability. A detailed instruction book provides an array of project ideas and work techniques. Paints, patterns, wood, leather, cork, foil, sandpaper, and a paintbrush are all provided. Initial adult supervision is recommended. --Lee Strucker


Matchitecture Mississippi

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Metal Tapping Activity Kit

With the wooden mallet and tapping tool in this kit, young artisans can create a variety of pleasing metal engravings. Using and developing their hand-eye coordination, children tap out prestenciled designs onto sheets of heavy metal foil. A variety of frames makes it easy to display the metal artwork. The kit includes the metal tapping tool with five easily interchangeable bits, seven frames, an assortment of heavy foils, six pages of stencil designs, and a well-written instruction book. Any black and white drawings can be used as stencils, or children can create their own stencils with the simple instructions in the book. Children can use the kit with minimal parental help, so it's a terrific art project for rainy days, scout meetings, and family playtime. --Lee Strucker


Make Your Own Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle 3-Pack

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Homie Hopper Buildn'

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Sand Creatures

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Gelly Sand Art

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Painting is the practice of applying pigment suspended in a carrier (or medium) and a binding agent (a glue) to a surface (support) such as paper, canvas or a wall.

Drawing is one of many ways to making an image; it is the process of making marks on a surface by applying pressure from or moving a tool on the surface. These marks may represent what the artist sees when drawing, a remembered or imagined scene or abstraction.

Sculpture is any three-dimensional form created as an artistic expression. Sculpture is primarily concerned with space: occupying it, relating to it, and influencing the perception of it.

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