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START WITH BASICS
When I was a kid, my family had a giant craft table, and we spent a lot of time making stuff at it. To create good working habits, you'll want a great work surface that's easy to clean and well-made arts-and-craft supplies. Try starting with my Kid Made Modern Brush Set ($11). I designed them with the highest quality materials so they'd last longer.
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When you head out with your tot, make sure they're really taking in their environment. Everything from green parks to city streets are all visually inspiring. One of my favorite gifts to give and receive are memberships to museums, which thrill me year round.
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WRITE IT DOWN
I like to keep pencils, notepads and markers at the ready. And every young artist should be encouraged to have a place to capture their inspiration at a moment’s notice. Look for inexpensive diaries (my pick: the Kid Made Modern Book, $23) which allows for personalization and is small enough so they can carry it everywhere they go.
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START A COLLECTION
A button, old T-shirt, yarn and more can be used for arts and crafts. But it's all useless if it isn't organized properly. A perfect place to keep supplies handy for when inspiration strikes is an oversize toolbox. You can also use plastic-sleeved binders to store magazine clippings and sketches for more ideas.
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Known for his fanciful product and interior designs, the artist recently launched an affordable collection of children's crafting supplies for Target, Kids Made Modern, which includes everything from D.I.Y. frames and colored pencils to cool comic book kits. "Nothing makes me happier than having kids discover their creativity and unlock their imaginations with art," says Oldham.