the very arty box* – £9.99
the very arty box is a recent release from the V&A. i’m quite a fan of their books and this is no change from that. the very arty box is kind of a book in postcard form, and i think this is a fantastic way to engage a younger audience and make it more tactile. there are 52 postcards in total, so you could do something each week of the year, just have a flick through and choose something, or use it to take inspiration and get making.
the ideas and activities include: creative prompts, tutorials on things such as marbling, encouraging doodling and drawing, facts on art history and pieces from the V&A collection.
as this is from the V&A it’s taken influence from their infamous archives and put it into a way that’s engaging and fun. it’s obviously aimed towards a younger audience, but like anything, i believe adults can always take similar amounts of interest and inspiration in products like this, whether you have children or not.
i personally am a huge fan of anything like this that will encourage creativity and learning in young people, and if you have a child that is curious and likes to learn whilst making things, the very arty box would be a fantastic little gift.