Holiday Gifts

Give the Gift of Creativity: Fun tech gifts that bring out the creativity in any child

2012-11-12T09:00:00Z 2012-11-12T13:49:03Z Give the Gift of Creativity: Fun tech gifts that bring out the creativity in any childFamily Features nwitimes.com
November 12, 2012 9:00 am  • 

Looking for some creative gift ideas for the kids on your holiday list? Why not give them gifts that encourage creativity?

"Creativity in kids isn't about being accomplished artists," said Michelle Atkinson, Vice President, North America Marketing for Energizer. "It's about expressing themselves in unique ways. It's important to give them the power to create - and the holidays are the perfect opportunity to do just that."

Here are some great ideas for high tech gifts that will give your kids plenty of fun as they explore new ways to create.

Digital Drawing

-With the Crayola Digital Light Designer, kids make drawings from light (ages 6 to 15 years). They use a stylus to draw on the dome - and watch their images magically light up on a three-dimensional surface. They can add cool effects and animations, and personalize drawings and messages to display later. It also has a game and activity mode, which makes for hours of creative fun. Runs on four D alkaline batteries. Consider Energizer Max batteries with Power Seal Technology, which hold their power for up to 10 years on shelf - and that give kids confidence they'll have the power to create whenever they want. Learn more at www.energizer.com.

-Look for art games for their favorite gaming system. "Let's Draw!" and "Art Academy" for Nintendo DS, or "uDraw" for Wii or Xbox 360 are fun choices, and they are rated E for Everyone.

Photography Fun

-The Kid-Tough See Yourself Camera from Fisher-Price (ages 3 to 7 years). There's a rotating lens which swivels from front to back, making it easy for even the little ones to see what they're shooting. It has big buttons, child-friendly controls, and stores up to 1,000 photos. You can download stampers and special effects to edit their photos. It connects to your computer via USB port. Runs on four AA batteries.

-For older kids, try the Discovery Night Vision Camcorder, from The Discovery Channel (ages 6 and up). A three megapixel video recorder and digital camera uses infrared technology to light up the night. It has a night vision sensor, LCD display, four photo resolutions, built-in microphone, AV output, and USB and AV connection cable. Memory card not included. Runs on four AA batteries.

Music Makers

-The Learning Tunes Karaoke from VTech lets kids sing to 15 fun songs (ages 3 to 6 years). It has letter songs, number songs and fun songs, a microphone, a voice changer with 5 different effects, and an LCD screen with a variety of facial expressions and animations that change as kids sing along. Runs on three AA batteries.

-The Little Tikes Pop Tunes Guitar makes them feel like a rock star (ages 2 to 6 years). With preset tunes, a light-up pickguard and speaker cover, and a whammy bar that triggers three different sound effects, the jam session has endless possibilities for fun. Runs on three AA batteries.

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