Toys to inspire creativity for kids

Creative Toys for Kids

 As Art teachers, we have a first hand look at what the kids are enjoying or what inspires them and their creativity. We look for products that bring creativity, creative thinking, engages their curiosity, and helps in developing motor skills.

We’ve put together our favorite 50+ creative toys to inspire creativity for kids! This gift selection is great for inspiring creativity in kids of all ages

Toys for kids to inspire creativity

Every year we increase our arsenal of creative toys or resources to spark a child’s creativity.

Oh, who are we kidding, we love these toys and resources because they spark our own creativity.

The following pictures look as if a tornado has blown through a toy store because in our classes, we set the toys on the floor and turn the kids loose! 

If you visit us on Creative Energy Day you will wonder how anyone could survive! The noise level is not what you expect. Oh, the singing and dancing at times can get loud but for the most part, creativity has quiet moments too!

We use these items in our Art and Creativity classes for homeschoolers ages 4 years old to high school and occasionally with the parents who visit us! Allowing yourself the time to “play” gives your brain the ability to crank up it’s cranial creativity and gives you a little therapy in the creative process.

Creative play inspires creative thinking and creative thinkers become: 

  • inventors
  • explorers
  • engineers
  • innovators
  • and much happier people!

Creativity Toys

We have selected the toys we use and know the kids enjoy the most and that we see the greatest creative success in their play. This post contains *Affiliate links- at no extra cost to you.

We use these items and can attest to their ability to withstand 100 kids playing and using them, many of them for several years!  You can read our suggestions to start your own “Creative Energy Day” at home here.  

How did you feel the last time you played with a container of Playdoh or an Etch a Sketch? Maybe you grew up with a Lite Brite, Paint by Number, building blocks or magnets.

Creative Building Toys

Keva block tower

Keva blocks

Wooden flat almost plank like blocks. Creative possibilities are endless! The picture to the left was cropped to remove the teenager who needed a ladder to finish his creative project! Smart phones captured the tower falling in slow motion and a collective applause was given by all involved!

Even High Schoolers enjoy some simple blocks!

Keva Structures

Keva Contraptions 

You know about Legos most likely already. Wonderful and durable plastic dream builders that also hurt your feet when they are left on the floor. But the creativity these blocks provide is worth the foot pain.  We recommend also getting some storage for your Lego collection. 


– Maybe your builder is a cabin in the woods sort of thinker! Lincoln logs are nostalgic and fun for all ages. Because they interlock, it makes building more stable for preschoolers.

 These metallic pieces snap into each other and are all the same shape.

There is  a pink and purple edition too if you’re little one loves those colors

These are not as heavy as dominoes and come in an array of colors. Stack them, build with them or line them up and knock ’em down. You can even use these for learning math!

Colored dominoes

Keep 'em Busy and Entertained

Things that snap, connect, stick or contains magnets will entertain a kiddo for hours. Added bonus is building motor skills as they play and imagine!

These are bright and  colorful interlocking plastic pieces that take a little twist to snap them together. 

Emido pieces

These are colorful interlocking pieces for hours of creating! Brainflakes are great for kids 7 and up.

Brain flakes

Brain Flakes

Magnetic toys are fun for kids to stack, build and create anything in their imagination. You will find these toys on your fridge, corners of walls and anywhere metal can hold them. 

The Etch a Sketch is one of the most frustrating and amazing toys ever invented! Turn the knobs to create artwork that can be easily erased but we can’t help ourselves! *word to the wise- purchase one for each sibling because one shake can cause an earthquake in the household’s peacefulness. 

Who said art and creativity couldn’t include science too? These gears are a fun challenge to connect, build and watch them spin!

Plastic gears

Stem and Sensory Activities

Sensory toys are great not only for hours of creative play, but also for helping the brain to process information. 

Endless patterns and tracks to run marbles for hours of fun. 

Marble run

Not the Lite Brite from our childhood but still fun. Now battery powered, lighter and easy to pack for travel. All the pieces fit into the side compartment. There is also design templates to help you create works of light!

– A box of origami paper and a book of folding patterns is all you need for days upon days of creativity! Seriously, does this picture of color not make you feel inspired to do something? Going to be honest here, we need a book to fold or a simple video. Youtube has many good ones to view.

Origami paper

Any toy that combines Crayola Markers is a toy we are here for! We love Crayola Markers Activity Toys and so do kids.  You can find spirographs, water paper and mats that only allow color on them for kids of all ages. 

Maker graph

When gears and art mix great designs happen! This is a good beginning to the Spirograph for the younger ones.

Every kid lights up when we mention Playdoh. There’s something about a new container of unmixed colors. The smell is enough to conjure up memories from your childhood!

When we grow tired of our Playdoh creations being smoothed into the container, modeling clay is our next favorite material. 

Texture rubs of fashion and patterns make many girls dream of being fashion designers! Fashion Plates can be vintage, current, Barbie and even cars and super heroes. 

Super hero designs and comics can be made from these texture rub . Move over Marvel and DC, there’s some new heroes in town!

Create pot holders or loop them together to design a quilt! Weaving these loops on the the loom are great hand skills and knot tying!

Felt animals are just the beginning of a sewing journey. These kits can get a child started small and inspire them to move on to pillow, fashion and more! 

Sewing kits have caused us to need more fabric! Boy and girls are enjoying learning to sew, quilt and embroider!

Our secret obsession. We sort of want to hoard them for ourselves, but alas we must share! Gel pens can be  neon, glitter, metallics and just about every color you could need! 

Most of our favorite creative toys are wonderful for motor skills, tactile and sensory developing as well as getting kids creative juices flowing through their brains!

But don’t be fooled…. you too may find yourself enjoying this shopping list too! We are never too old for creative play! After all, creative play lead to creative thinkers and that’s a skill we can all use more often! Creativity produces, explorers, curiosity, inventors, makers and problem solvers.

When you were younger, what creative toy brought you the most joy or sparked your creativity?

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