Teaching Kids About Fine Art Through Toys

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It takes years to cultivate a discerning eye for the world’s finest art, so why not start early? You know art isn’t stuffy, so have a little fun with it while your kids are still in their toy-loving phase.

Puzzles are a great way to kick off a life-long love and appreciation of great art. Jigsaw puzzles for preschoolers don’t all have to be about farms and firetrucks; their education in fine art can most definitely start here with this enormous floor puzzle.

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For older kids with a ton of patience, a Puzzle Blox 6-in-1 cube puzzle will bring the perfect level of challenge combined with a study of six of the art world’s most beautiful masterpieces.

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If your kid is more into making art than assembling puzzles, they’d get a head start on their path to becoming a master in their own right with a Master Kitz famous painting art kit. Our favorite is Monet’s Water Lilies, but you can find a Master Kitz for any taste from Hokusai to Matisse.

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If you prefer modeling your kids’ crafts after the masters but think you can wing it without a kit, try out this impressionist finger painting craft. Use masking tape to create the bridge over the pond, and fingerpainted dots to make an image just like Monet’s.

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If your kids are more into playing with dolls or action figures than with paints, or if you’d like to supplement your kid’s artistic studies with a biographical element, you can always pick up a super detailed Van Gogh action figure. Can he hold his own against all of those G.I. Joes and Kaiju hanging around in the toybox? The answer may surprise you.

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If the whole family is into art and tabletop gaming, your interests are sure to intercept in the Impressionist Art Game.

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And finally, we’ll leave you with something a little silly: the Museum Collection Gustav Klimt Barbie doll. Barbie catches a lot of flack around here, but she at least gets an A for effort for trying on this one (even if she is very much still a Barbie doll).

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