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American-made toys at Pufferbellies: Watercolor Magic

After our incredible time making watercolor spray-paint for Crafternoon, I ordered in a big supply of liquid watercolors made by Sargent Art. I was especially excited to get them after I read that liquid watercolors like these are MaryAnn Kohl’s number one most favorite art material! (MaryAnn Kohl is the author of Scribble Art, one of my all-time favorite books about making art with children. And a lot of other amazing books, too.)

We have regular and glitter colors in generous 8oz bottles. Watercolor Magic is washable from most surfaces and made in the USA.

The real name of this color is "Glitter Blue," but we like to call it "Mermaid."

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American-made toys at Pufferbellies – felt crowns by Dream Child Studio

Amanda at Dream Child Studio handcrafts these gorgeous crowns from wool-blend felt. They’re soft enough to wear all day, and adjustable to fit many different head sizes — from toddler to “big kid.” The workmanship is really impeccable, and the crowns are even sweeter in person than in the photos. We’re so happy to be working with Amanda and bringing her lovely creations to the little ones of Staunton.

Flower crowns by Dream Child Studio

Felt crowns by Dream Child Studio

American-made toys at Pufferbellies — Eye Can Art kits

This post is part of our series on American-made toys available at Pufferbellies. For more, see our posts on the Yomega Brain yoyoCrayon RocksNana Banana coloring books and the Zipfy mini luge.

If you’re searching for high-quality art kits that emphasize process as much as product, Eye Can Art kits are really where it’s at. We currently have two fine-art majors on staff here at Pufferbellies, and both of them love these kits. The kits teach children (and adults!) real art techniques via easy-to-follow instructions that leave a lot of room for creative expression.

At Pufferbellies, we carry the Book in a Box, Collage Printmaking, Pastel Stencil, Sumi E-Ink and Layered Wax Drawing kits.

Tip: We love to recommend these kits for grandparents who have little ones coming for a visit — kids and grownups can learn and work together, and everyone ends up with beautiful artwork to commemorate the occasion.

Eye Can Art kits at Pufferbellies, with a sample from the Layered Wax Drawing kit