Creative Fun: A Figure of a Different Color
Here's a unique blank slate for kids' creativity: 4-inch-tall, posable, funky white plastic figurines. The Color Blanks sets come with permanent markers and stickers so that kids can jump right into the personalization. Ages 6 and up. RoseArt, $5 to $10.
Creative Coloring: This Book Really Draws Kids In
Inspired by the eye-catching works of pop art icon Romero Britto, Color Like an Artist encourages youngsters to transform simple black-and-white drawings with both color-by-number and pattern-creation techniques. The 38-page pad also includes blank pages so that kids can dream up their own masterpieces. Ages 3 and up. P'kolino, $10.
Craft Kit: Twist the Day Away
Kids create silly creatures by connecting thick and furry pipe cleaners, aka Fuzzoodles, to plastic parts (goofy eyes, shoes, hands). The kits come packed with critter ideas, but our testers loved designing their own fuzzy friends. Available in a variety of kit sizes and themes. Ages 5 and up. Giddyup, $5 to $25.