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The Best Drawing Pads For Kids to Bring Imagination to Life

2021-11-23 by Melissa & Doug
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Painting Brings Imagination to Life

Painting is a time your child can bring their wildest, most creative imaginings to life on paper. We all love seeing the final results, but let’s be honest: the mess and cleanup can sometimes be a bit of a hassle. We hear you, that’s why we’ve dedicated so much time to creating the ideal drawing pads for children that are durable, high-quality, with thick white paper. There are no worries about bleeding through pages here. You can trust us. As the saying goes: a picture’s worth a thousand words. So let’s get your kiddo painting!

The 5 Best Drawing Pads and Art Supplies For Kids

Paint, check. Brushes, check. But what about the drawing pads? Here are our favorite, bleed through-resistant art pads for art without the mess.

Drawing Paper Pad

Melissa & Doug Drawing Paper Pad

Age: 3+
Why it’s great: This is a great go-to for any beginning artist. There’s a sheet for every creative doodle (50 sheets of premium heavy-weight bond paper in total), and it’s perfect for a whole host of mediums: pencils, crayons, markers, chalk, poster paints or watercolor artwork—you name it. And, as with all our drawing pads, there’s no worry about bleeding through!
Sweet detail: The generously sized 9 x 12-inch pad is large enough for big ideas, but not too big to take out for an outdoor painting experience.
Skills: Fine motor, hand-eye coordination, creative expression
Countless Ways to Play: These pages are perfect for making paper airplanes. Decorate the page, fold, and watch your creation take flight!

Quality Spiral-Bound Sketch Pad

Melissa & Doug Quality Spiral-Bound Sketch Pad

Age: 3+
Why it’s great: For kids not interested in paints, this sketch pad is perfect for colored pencils and charcoals. The slight texture on the pages of this spiral bound pad gives a unique effect to every work of art.
Sweet detail: Each pad comes with two guides: one for drawing a horse and another for drawing a face
Skills: Fine motor, hand-eye coordination, creative expression
Countless Ways to Play: Give your kiddo a prompt and see if they can draw it without lifting their pen or pencil off the paper!

Scratch Art® Doodle Pad Book

Melissa & Doug Scratch Art® Doodle Pad Book

Age: 3+
Why it’s great: This is the perfect tool for artists on the go! The pocket-sized note pad comes with everything your young artist might need: a stylus to draw, a stylus pocket, and 16 pages to create on. Bright colors and patterns that are hidden under a matte coating. All it takes to reveal them is a simple scratch.
Sweet detail: 8 of the 16 pages are rainbow, while the other 8 are holographic silver.
Skills:  Fine motor, hand-eye coordination, creative expression
Countless Ways to Play: Create a special piece of art for a loved one to hang on a fridge or frame for a desk!

Triangular Crayons

Melissa & Doug Triangular Crayons - 24 pack

Age: 3+
Why it’s great: This pack of 24 triangular crayons won’t roll away regardless of where your little artist puts them—on one of our premium notepads, a table, or an armrest in a car.
Sweet detail: Crayons come with a durable plastic case for easy cleanup and are made of plastic for additional durability!
Skills: Fine motor, hand-eye coordination, creative expression
Countless Ways to Play: Challenge your little one to hold multiple crayons at once to make a multicolor masterpiece. (And try our no-roll markers for a whole new type of fun!)

Durable Artist’s Smock 

Melissa & Doug Durable Artist's Smock

Age: 3+
Why it’s great: What’s an artist without a smock? This one-size-fits all artist’s smock is perfect to give your child protection from paints and marker stains, while giving a creative and colorful flair.
Sweet detail: Includes a chest pocket to personalize with dry-erase marker and roomy pockets for storing tools.
Skills: creative expression
Countless Ways to Play: Practice handwriting, letters, or spelling while personalizing a smock with your kid’s name! 

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