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2019 Gift Guide: Give the gifts of creativity & learning!

We have lots of hands-on gifts that will inspire curiosity & imagination- all of them screen-free! Our top picks are separated by age to make it easier for you to find the perfect gift for that special someone.

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Let their imaginations run wild! Toddlers and preschoolers will love stickering & re-stickering playhouses that go right on the wall. The repositionable static cling stickers let kids express their creativity and push their imaginations to new heights. With three sets to choose from, there’s something for every kid: a Castle, a Playhouse, and a smaller Enchanted Playhouse with mermaids & unicorns. 

For stickering on-the-go, we have a sticker book to empower kids (award-winning Girl Power Story sticker book) and a Sticker Puzzle to help develop their problem-solving skills.

 


As kids get older, get gifts that encourage their interests in the world around them & nurture their creativity and imagination. Many children love animals, and we have kits that would make great gifts! Stacked String Art Babies and Koalas allow younger children to make string art with no pins. They just wrap, stack, and display their colorful creations!

Make a Fox Friend allows kids to stitch up a new stuffie in minutes, then play for hours! The kit comes with pre-made accessories and a take-along tote for easy storage. Ferocious Pom Creatures are pre-sewn, allowing kids to do the fun part (covering them in pom poms!) If your child is always inventing new animals, the DYO Animal Necklaces kit allows them to stack designs to create 7 unique animal necklaces. Pieces are interchangeable and can be reused over and over!

If the child you're buying for has a big imagination, nurture their creativity with gifts that let them explore the world around them in a new way. The Fairy Potions kit lets kids mix up some magic, while the “I Love Rainbows” kit makes 6 crafts with lots of color. If they’re into mythical creatures, pre-sewn Mythical Pom Animals and Stacked String Art Unicorns will be their new favorites! DIY Sparkle Bracelets also have lots of magical creatures for kids to love, and the kit makes 4 bracelets to keep little hands busy. Our Magical Adventures require a little help from a parent, but the outcome is magical: memories they will treasure forever.

For kids that love learning, our DIY Puffy Charms kit, Puffy Charm Palooza, and Flower Necklaces kits will teach them new jewelry techniques.

 

Hands-on kits for pre-teens and tweens will encourage thinking and creativity. Our award-winning string art kits are always a hit with 10-12 year-olds! Our favorites this year are the Yeti, Pandacorn, Llama, and Unicorn String Art. Each makes two 8.5” canvases that kids will be proud to display when they’re done. Mini Heart Bowls and Iridescent Bowls are made from just glitter and glue, but they sparkle like they’re made from diamonds!

The Yarn Llama and 18" tall Yarn Tree make a nice scene on a dresser, and tweens can also use the tree to hang their jewelry. Speaking of jewelry, the Loopdedoo friendship bracelet maker has been a best-seller ever since we introduced it 8 years ago. Friendship bracelets are trendy again, and with Loopdedoo, kids can make bracelets in minutes!

 

Whether you need a stocking stuffer or you’re just looking for a little project to keep them occupied, our little craft kits are a good bet. From jewelry (the Angel and Unicorn necklaces) to décor (the Sun Catcher and Mini Dreamcatchers) we have something for everyone! Older kids will appreciate the Taco Cord Holder. It will keep their earbuds organized when they’re on the go. Mini Heart Bowls, made from just glitter and glue, are another fun project that comes in a smaller package.

 

 

Teens & adults need screen-free time too, and we have kits that can help! Our Mini Terrariums and Felt Succulent kits make great gifts for plant parents. Even if they can’t keep a real plant alive, they’ll have no trouble creating pretty succulents that don’t need water. The DYO Flower Art kit is another great choice. It makes a dimensional, beautiful framed canvas that is bloomin’ beautiful!

If you have a lot of “makers” on your list, you can’t go wrong with the Loopdeloom. It’s a patented weaving loom that is easier than knitting or crochet. Our Blush and Neutral bracelet boxes will teach them new jewelry-making techniques and produce a pretty stack of bracelets that can be worn together or separately.

November 14, 2019

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The Many Benefits of Crafting for Kids

When you think of kids crafting, what comes to mind? Drawing? Painting? How about learning?  Crafting methods and creative ideas are endless. But while kids are having fun using paper and scissors, they are also learning. There are cognitive, emotional and physical benefits that are gained while engaged in a craft. According to PBS Parents, creative activities are an important part of childhood. And if you glue enough of them together, they help form the foundation of a child’s brain development

The art of crafting is so much more than the end result that we see. A child is cognitively learning how to make critical decisions and boost problem solving skills during the creative process. While visualizing a creation and then going forward with an idea, a child is developing critical decision-making skills that will also carry over into other areas of life. Our Loopdeloom Weaving Loom is a tool that allows kids to imagine something and then weave it. They'll have to use lots of different skills to create the project they've dreamed up.

Children have an emotional connection to artwork they create. They feel good about themselves when creating things with their own hands. Their self-esteem and confidence increase because they feel good about expressing themselves through art. Also, they are learning patience and self-regulation when acquiring a new crafting skill. Our Craft-tastic Learn to Sew Kit includes everything needed for beginners to learn a new artistic talent that is “sew” much fun and not at all as hard as it “seams”. Reading through the instruction booklet, implementing the steps and then sewing the pieces teaches kids that not all gratification is instant and that good things come to those who wait!

What about the physical benefits of crafting? Just about any craft aids in the development of fine motor skills which will in turn help children when learning how to properly hold a pencil or button a shirt. Coordination is improved while using both hands when crafting and this could in turn help a child with other activities such as playing a sport. You’ll definitely need all hands on deck with our open-ended “Creative Challenge” boxes. Do you have an aspiring artist in the house? A tinkering tot? Maybe an imaginative inventor? There’s a box for everyone!

Adults can play a helpful role when their children are crafting. A report from Michigan State University Extension encourages open communication. Show that you’re supportive by asking open-ended questions about what is being created.

There may be many questions related to how children learn and grow, but whether you have an entire afternoon or only a few moments to spare, there can be one common answer: crafting. 

October 22, 2018

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Share the Joy this Holiday Season

The holidays are about giving. At Ann Williams Group, not only do we craft presents for our loved ones, but we also donate our craft kits.

We're very proud to be a national corporate sponsor of Toys for Tots.

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November 28, 2017

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2017 Gift Guide: Gifts for Teens, Adults, Friends & Family

Your Ann Williams Group 2017 Gift Guide is here! Don’t let the holidays stress you out – we’ve got your gifts for teens, adults, family, and friends covered. Here are our picks for popular gifts and stocking stuffers this year. Looking for something else? Check out our other categories: we tried to make it as easy as possible for you to find the perfect gift!

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November 15, 2017

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2017 Gift Guide: Gifts for ages 5-8 and 9-12

Your Ann Williams Group 2017 Gift Guide is here! Don’t let the holidays stress you out – we’ve got your gifts for kids aged 5-8 and kids aged 9-12 covered. Here are our picks for popular gifts and stocking stuffers this year. Looking for something else? Check out our other categories: we tried to make it as easy as possible for you to find the perfect gift!

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November 15, 2017

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2017 Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers & Popular Gifts

Your Ann Williams Group 2017 Gift Guide is here! Don’t let the holidays stress you out – we’ve got your gifts covered. Here are our picks for popular gifts and stocking stuffers this year. Looking for something else? Check out our other categories: we tried to make it as easy as possible for you to find the perfect gift!

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November 15, 2017

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Loopdeloom in Do It Yourself Magazine

The Loopdeloom was recently featured in DIY magazine by Better Homes & Gardens. Here are basic instructions for making the featured pillow & throw blanket/rug. If you're new to the Loopdeloom, we have videos on our YouTube channel to get you started.

THROW BLANKET/RUG:
The blanket/rug is 28” wide, so you will need to connect 4 looms. Cut your warp threads twice the length you want your throw to be, plus an extra 12" as called for in the instructions. Then start weaving! Check out our rug video for more tips.

We used a variety of white and cream colored yarns to weave stripes. Try fun fur yarns, thick wool yarns, textured yarns, thin yarns, etc. to add interest. You can weave with more than 1 strand of yarn at a time to weave faster! When you’re done weaving, knot the ends of the warp threads as specified in the instructions. We added tassels made from a thicker wool yarn.

PILLOW:
The pillow is made from two 16” squares. We used a mustard colored yarn for the warp. Weave the base stripes first: 1.5" of dark gray fun fur, 2" of soft gray yarn, 9" of cream yarn, 2" of soft gray yarn, and 1.5" of dark gray fun fur.

Next embroider over the base. We kept it simple, but you can embroider whatever you want! Finally, attach the two squares to make a pillow. We tied the warp threads together at the top and bottom, then trimmed the fringe to length. Stick a 16” pillow insert inside, sew up the sides, and enjoy your new pillow!

What have you made with the Loopdeloom? Show us! Share your project on social media with the hashtag #wherefunrules.

October 24, 2017

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