Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

Picasso, the author of the statement above, was right.

Creativity for Kids® was born in the middle 1970s when Phyllis Brody and Evelyn Greenwald, two Cleveland, Ohio artists and mothers, were disturbed by what they described as “the turkey syndrome” in their children’s classroom: the formulaic and assembly-line productions of craft items that passed for art activities.

Phyllis and Evelyn believed — against all the generally-accepted wisdom to the contrary — that there was a market for open-ended art activities meant to encourage children’s imaginations, to build their skills, and to provide fabulous results. And the result of this belief was Creativity for Kids and its hundreds of kits, all designed in the USA and manufactured in Germany, Brazil, and China. Rigorous testing, both in-house and third-party, ensure that kit components are safe, meeting or exceeding all US safety standards including those for lead, phthalates and magnets.

We’ve just received a shipment from CFK; my favorite item from this assortment is the Windowsill Garden (CDN$24.99), an adorable little mini-garden sure to give any pint-sized gardener a green-thumb experience. Paint the wee ceramic pots and watering can, then plant the fast-growing wheatgrass seeds and watch ’em sprout!

Prices in this line range from about $10 to about $40, with lots of choice and satisfying results no matter which kit is chosen.

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