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About The Art Truck

Celebrate and create on our Party Truck or at our Glastonbury Party Studio located at 30E Hebron Ave., in Glastonbury, CT. Whether you want to host a child’s birthday party, a community event for kids, or an adult get-together, our Party Truck and Party Studio are the perfect solution. Our creativity coaches and art-tenders provide fun arts and crafts experiences for your guests. Everyone creates an artwork to take home and the best part is, we take care of everything from set-up to clean-up. Moms agree that The Art Truck is a creative and fun party idea for children of all ages. Schools and community groups enjoy celebrating with us and adults love The Art Truck's painting parties for family events, office parties and moms' nights out. Call us to learn how we can make your celebration a work of art. 844-287-2789 844-CTPARTY

Stocking Stuffers: These are a Few of our Favorite Things

Are you looking for unique stocking stuffers or small gifts for young family members? Well we have a long list of wonderful items guaranteed to delight the creative kids in your life. All items have been tested and approved by thousands of kids (and moms) who have partied with us or received our custom goodie bags. Plus, we use them every day, so we know they are good. Best part? Every item is budget-friendly between $1-15 and can be found at a local Michael’s, WalMart, Hobby Lobby or on Amazon.

Crayola Metallic Markers are a top favorite. The colors are wonderful, coverage is great and the sparkle is a fun surprise.

8 ct. Metallic Markers

Scotch brand glitter, washi and duct tape has countless fun uses on all kinds of projects, from decorating boxes, purses, frames, masks and so much more.

Scotch(R) Expressions Washi Tape Family

Creatology paints available at Michael’s are washable and come in wonderful colors. Kids especially love the metallic and neon colors available in handy 8 packs.

 

Fun Wire is wonderful for making jewelry. It’s available in many colors and kids love to bend and shape the wire to create necklaces and bracelets that they can decorate with beads and charms.

Fun Wire 24 Gauge Coil - Marshmallow

Mini paint sets –  Little watercolor sets make perfect stocking stuffers and are great for road trips.

Mini canvas boards are perfect companions to mini paint set. Kids create their own masterpieces to display at home or give as gifts.

Mini clay sets – Children can create their own cups, bowls, or figures out of clay. These are a hit with kids of all ages.

Mini note pads – Kids can keep a handy travel sze sketch book to make notes and pictures.

Crayola Dry Erase Crayon, CYO98-5202, Bright Assorted Colors, 8/Pk

Wikki Stix – These yarn sticks coated with wax are fun for boys and girls of all ages. Kids can press them onto any surface to make them stick and then peel them off and put them somewhere else. They don’t break or tear but are easy to cut with scissors.

Just Wikki Stix

What are your favorite creative stocking stuffers? We love learning about great products so I hope you’ll email me to share your ideas at maura@thearttruck.com.

Maura

Popsicle Stick, Pipe Cleaner & Pom-Pom Ornaments

Make holiday decorations and gifts with your children and friends. We like these projects because materials are easy to find, affordable  and low-mess. So gather around the table, sip some cocoa and celebrate the season. Experiment,  be creative and have fun!

Popsicle stuck tress and reindeer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use magic markers and glue to make popsicle stick trees, stars and animals and decorate them with pom-poms, googley eyes bling and  hang in a window or in a tree with a ribbon.

Memory wire and pom-pom bracelet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make a festive garland bracelet by threading favorite color pom-poms onto the memory wire. Vary the sizes and colors.

Photo prop wearable art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Create your own photo prop by decorating the headband with colorful pipe cleaners.

Sparkling pom poms

Color the outside or inside of globe ornament with a design then fill with pom-poms, snow or sparkles. Add a ribbon.

What are your favorite holiday crafts?

 

Engaged and Educated: Affordable Hobby Ideas for Children

Engaged and Educated: Affordable Hobby Ideas for Children by guest blogger  Emily Graham  of  Mighty Moms. 

It can be hard to find fun, affordable, and beneficial ways to keep your child engaged. Video games, chat rooms, and cartoons are fun, but they don’t promise much in the way of learning or developing wholesome interests. Consider getting your child started in a hobby that could lead to an abiding interest, an activity that can provide an engaging cognitive challenge and produce a strong sense of accomplishment and self-pride. Sometimes, a hobby can be a heaven-sent means of keeping a young person out of trouble. Whatever the reason for starting one, a hobby can even change a young person’s life for the better. Here are some suggestions.

Starter Kits

If you’re unsure of where to start in your search for a hobby, check online retailers for starter kits and hobby essentials. When you’re operating on a budget, you can save money by doing extensive online research and watching for sales and discounts from retailers like Walmart.

Knitting/Crocheting

This is one of the most affordable and enjoyable hobbies for any child, and it can be a great way for young and old to spend time and learn together. All you need is a crochet hook and some yarn to get started. Look for savings and promo codes from Target as you gather materials. No need to spend money on patterns, many of which can be found for free on the internet. Your child will enjoy making items that can be given as birthday or Christmas gifts to friends and family.

Solve a Puzzle

Puzzles are just the thing to keep a young person occupied and learn problem-solving strategies, particularly through crossword puzzles or Sudoku, collections of which can be purchased for no more than $3. Jigsaw puzzles (which usually run around $20) provide tangible evidence of a child’s skill and determination. Once it’s put together, simply apply a little puzzle glue, mount your child’s handiwork and have it framed as a trophy that will elicit proud memories.

Painting and Drawing

Children love to express themselves creatively by drawing and painting, both of which are excellent ways for youngsters to pass their time. It can be a therapeutic means of self-expression, a medium for working out frustrations and anxieties, and an enjoyable way for a child to develop hand-eye and fine motor skills. And it’s an inexpensive hobby — pencils, brushes, paints, and paper are generally inexpensive materials. Check for daily offers and coupons for stores like Amazon on paint supplies and other items that can help a child get started with a hobby.

Music

Musical ability can open up a new world of creative endeavor for a child. Learning to play an instrument is an excellent hobby that boosts cognitive functioning, improves mathematical abilities, and sharpens motor skills. Finding an instrument at affordable prices can be difficult, so watch for online savings options through websites like Honey.

Experimentation

Most children enjoy hobbies that show them how to create things like “edible glass.” What’s more, all your child requires is vegetable oil, food coloring, salt, and water to create globs of lava that move up and down in a glass beaker. Beginner science is an educational and inexpensive hobby, especially if you can use items that you already have lying around the house.

Hobbies are healthy ways for children to use their time and discover fascinating new worlds of discovery. The best part: They don’t need to be expensive endeavors; indeed, many can be enjoyed for under $20. You never know — you might set your child on a life-changing path.

Thanks to Emily for sharing her ideas!