Summer is quickly approaching and there are plenty of arts and crafts toys that will ignite your kids’ imaginations. Our Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by CBS New York to talk about some of our favorite creative toys to fill your kids’ summers with color and wonder. For more on these toys, check out the product info below, and don’t forget to check out our full spring and summer toy guide!


Summer Toys 2016Peppa Pig Learn to Lace (Cra-Z-Art)

  • Learn to lace in an easy and fun way with your favorite Peppa Pig character.
  • Peppa is a loveable, exuberant little piggy who lives with her little brother George, Mommy Pig and Daddy Pig. Peppa’s favorite things include playing games, dressing up, days out and jumping in muddy puddles. Her adventures always end happily with loud snorts of laughter.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $6.99

Arts and Crafts toy reviewsPeppa Pig Funtastic Felt (Cra-Z-Art)

  • Peppa Pig Funtastic Felt by Cra-Z-Art provides hours of creativity and learning with the magical stick and restick feature.
  • This mess-free felt activity includes a portable tri-fold felt board, over 150 felt punch out icons, wiggly eyes, and storage bag.
  • Age: 3+
  • MSRP: $7.05

arts and crafts toysStudent Printing Plate Kit (Gelli Arts)

  • Gel printing plates look and feel like gelatin, but are durable, reusable, and store at room temperature.
  • Easy to use with just three steps to beautiful prints, it’s simple, clean, and fun.
  • The Student Printing Kit requites no prep and is super easy to clean up.
  • Kids can print on paper and fabric.
  • Ages:
  • MSRP: 24.99

arts and crafts toysReal Construction Deluxe Workshop (Jakks Pacific)

  • The Real Construction Deluxe Workshop includes tools, material, fasteners, and eight project ideas. The Real Construction brand encourages a child’s own imagination while also incorporating key elements of the STEM curriculum.
  • Parents will love Real Construction too because it Inspires creativity, craftsmanship and pride of accomplishment! The perfect gift for parents and kids to build and create memorable experiences together!
  • Includes tools, foam material, fasteners, nails, screws, and project book
  • Age: 6+
  • MSRP: $24.99

arts and crafts toys 3D Magic ImagiPen (Tech 4 Kids)

  • If you can dream it, you can make it with the 3D Magic ImagiPen.
  • Using UV gel curing technology, the 3D Magic ImagiPen allows kids to design in mid-air.
  • Create up and build out, making cool 3D creations
  • This pen uses no heat, and no mess, just hours of fun.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • MSRP: $44.99

knot-a-quiltKnot A Quilt (Alex Toys)

  • You don’t need knitting needles or know how to stitch to make this quilt!
  • All you need to know is how to tie a knot (if you’re not sure, the easy-to-follow instructions will help).
  • Knot away to make a giant 42″ x 54″ quilt in just a few hours!
  • Tie the fringe squares together into a knot to create a colorful pattern. It’s so easy. Then cuddle up!
  • Kit comes with squares of fleece in 6 bold, bright colors.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $33.99

summer toys Light My Bike Basket (Creativity For Kids)

  • Cycle in style!
  • Bring “petal power” to your bike with flowers that light up!
  • Creatively arrange the flower bouquet on the bike basket and be on your way.
  • Set includes basket, strand of waterproof LED lights, felt flowers, floss, needle threader, and beads.
  • Ages: 7+
  • MSRP: $24.99

Arts and Crafts ToysThe Extraordinaire Design Studio (The Creativity Hub)

  • This is the creative thinking game for imaginative problem solvers aged between 8 and 108.
  • If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to invent a music player for a robot, a remote control for a pirate, or a cooking utensil for a vampire teen, this is definitely the game for you.
  • Be amazed by your own widely imaginative inventions.
  • Each set includes 225 design challenges across 3 levels. Choose 3 Extraordinaire cards and 3 product cards, then decide which design challenge you are going to take. Look at the back of the Extraordinaire card to find out more about your character’s unique needs.
  • Ages: 8+
  • MSRP: $39.99