Stencils are a great way to encourage budding artists, giving them a definite image that can serve as an anchor for the rest of their masterpiece. The problem is that after awhile, there is a desire for new shapes and images (any parent who has a child into stamps can surely relate). But before you add yet another stencil to your collection, check out these seemingly small sets that offer thousands of possibilities.
Worldwide Co. manufactures a series of inexpensive stencil sets--the FaceBox, the ZooBox, the RoboBox and the DinoBox--that are ingenious for a few reasons. The first is the subject matter: faces, animals, robots and dinosaurs. At least one of the sets should appeal to just about every kid out there. The second is the interchangeable nature of each set.
For example, in the Zoobox, there are three stencil sheets. One is head shapes, one is eyes, noses and whiskers and the third is ears, antlers and horns. By mixing and matching your child can create a brand new animal every time they draw. Each set comes in a metal box and includes three fine-point markers. At only $10 apiece, we think they make a perfect gift for all of those inevitable birthday parties looming on the horizon.