Get creative in the art you create and how you create it with the Invent Amazing Art Gadgets kit. This comes with more than 100 pieces to inspire kids to invent a tool or device used to perform a specific artistic function. Kids are encouraged to go through the invention process that a real inventor would use: think it, explore it, sketch it, create it, try it, tweak it, and sell it. The 14-page Inventor's Guide walks kids through each step of the invention process and gives them space for writing down ideas, sketching, and making notes. There are also a few helpful tips for using some of the supplies in the kit, as well as two ideas for what to build.
The kit comes with three colors of poster paint, six mini markers, art paper, mini rubber bands, foam gears, foam pegs, plastic funnels, 12 yards of embroidery floss, a needle and threader, assorted cardboard sticks, a stamp pad, push pins, colored sand, craft glue, plastic straws, paper clips, clear tape, and the Inventor's Guide.
This art kit is not about creating something specific. Instead, it's about getting creative to make whatever you want. If you can think it up, then you can probably mock it up with the tools in this kit. This challenges kids to think like an inventor and make some one-of-a-kind artwork, while introducing kids to some of the concepts in the STEAM acronym (science, technology, engineering, art, and math).
Invent Amazing Art Gadgets is for ages 8 and up. It will be a fun way to encourage creative kids to think even more creatively and make some very unique works of art.
The kit comes with three colors of poster paint, six mini markers, nine-inch by nine-inch art paper, mini rubber bands, foam gears, foam pegs, plastic funnels, 12 yards of embroidery floss, a needle and threader, assorted cardboard sticks, a stamp pad, push pins, colored sand, craft glue, plastic straws, paper clips, clear tape, and an Inventor's Guide.
This kit is less about building something specific and more about kids using their imaginations to build whatever art tool they want. That said, there are instructions for making an art shaker and a paint swing. Those instructions were fairly easy to follow.
Make sure you wear old clothes or a smock when playing. The included paint may stain fabric and furniture.
This kit is in partnership with the Spark!Lab at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. It's a hands-on invention activity center for kids.
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