Looking for some fun activities for your kids this winter? Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by Fox in Fort Myers to show off some colorful, creative arts and crafts toys. For more on the products featured in this segment, check out the product notes below.


  • With the new Loopies line you can stuff & fluff to make an adorable plush character.
  • The box includes a pre sewn plush, with chenille yarn and hook tool.
  • Just stuff the mesh pockets on the front of the plush with the fluffy yarn and pull loops through with a hook.
  • Add felt features and other details to complete your fluffy friend!
  • Launching with Unicorn, Panda, and Cat designs.
  • Ages: 7+
  • MSRP: $14.99
  • Available: Spring 2019


  • smART sketcher allows children and adults to transform photos taken from their smart devices into a sketch.
  • By using the free smART sketcher app, photos are filtered and transferred via Bluetooth to the projector. Users will instantly see their desired image projected onto paper.
  • Users are able to draw anything the eye can see with just a touch of a button.
  • The smART sketcher also comes with pre-loaded micro SD cards that are filled with a variety of activities including step-by-step drawings, learn-to-write letters and numbers, early spelling skills, and more. Additional SD cards can be purchased separately to keep the creative learning going.
  • Extension packs extend the play with themed pictures, letters, numbers, spelling
  • activities, and even cursive writing.
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $59.95
  • Available:  Target, Amazon, Walmart, Barnes & Noble


  • Preschoolers are free to express their creativity—plus no mess to clean up afterward!
  • Just squish the Playfoam, shape it however you like, squash it back down, and start all over again.
  • Playfoam never dries out so the creativity never ends—and the secret no-stick formula means you can take it anywhere for creative fun on the go.
  • The party pack includes 20 pods in 8 different colors.
  • Ages: 3-6
  • MSRP: $22.99
  • Available: Amazon, Walmart, educationalinsights.com