I am big on teaching kids to appreciate art, music, literature and the humanities at a very young age and to do it in a way that encourages their own creativity. With all the great toys and materials out there, there’s no reason not to start young with this! My five favorite toys to keep kids cultured after the jump!
1. The Coloring Book. Written by acclaimed author and illustrator, Hervé Tullet, this book challenges kids to use color creatively and stretch their artistic skills, all the while, exposing them to the work of a contemporary artist.
2. Beatrix Potter Ballet. Every time my niece, Millie, visits, we watch this adorable interpretation of Beatrix Potter’s Tales by The Royal Ballet. It’s a great way to get kids excited about classic literature and to dance! Millie even signed up for ballet lessons this year! I’ll admit, I watch this one on my own too. Something about seeing Jemima Puddleduck do ballet is absolutely hysterical!
3. The Pinhole Camera. Teach kids about the magic of photography by having them put together their own pinhole camera and to take photos with it. Buy this one from the MoMA or print one off for free, right here.
4. A musical instrument. Get kids playing music on real instruments at a young age! This harp is adorable, (and hopefully a little quieter than drums!).
5. Mini Masters. This boxes set of little books introduces kids to famous artists like Monet, Seurat, Degas and Van Gogh, in a fun, accessible way! My favorite is “Dancing with Degas”.