The best kits and gadgets that encourage your kids to be more creative

The internet is a wonderful place to learn and grow and communicate. Still, sometimes it’s good to get your kids out from behind the computer and doing something that lets them be creative and really get their hands dirty. Below, cool art kits and gadgets that’ll get their creative juices flowing. This is primo imagination time, people.



a close up of a toy: We've all got a little Banksy in us.


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We’ve all got a little Banksy in us.

Updated classic: Crayola Light-up Tracing Pad



Sometimes it’s hard to go cold turkey on devices.


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Sometimes it’s hard to go cold turkey on devices.

This Crayola LED Light-up Tracing Pad, which is basically a backlit paper holder made to make tracing even easier, comes with a graphite pencil, 12 colored pencils, blank paper, and tracing paper. Download images from a library of more than 100 pictures.

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First Code Ninjas opens in Queens to encourage children to learn computer coding

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Astoria entrepreneurs and parents have opened a new learning center with a mission to help kids learn how to code by building video games, flying drones and learning Roblox.

Cheng Yang and Ronny Beyer debuted Code Ninjas for the first time at 31-35 31st St. on Sept. 16. Code Ninjas was founded in 2016, and is the world’s largest and fastest-growing kids coding franchise.

The Astoria Code Ninjas learning center welcomes kids 7 to 14 years old and encourages them to immerse themselves in the field of computer coding in a fun, non-intimidating way — either in-person and through virtual camps.

Yang and Beyer have been neighbors in Astoria for six years. Yang has a coding background and has worked in the technology industry for 20 years. Beyer is currently a small

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AOC just played ‘Among Us’ on Twitch to encourage voting

Playing video games live on Twitch may not seem the most obvious way to get more Americans to the polls, but Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not one to take a conventional approach.



a woman holding a sign posing for the camera: NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 07: U.S. Representative for New York's 14th congressional district, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attends the "Little Women" World Premiere at Museum of Modern Art on December 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)


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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 07: U.S. Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attends the “Little Women” World Premiere at Museum of Modern Art on December 07, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

The Democratic congresswoman took the online streaming platform by storm Tuesday night when she livestreamed a game of “Among Us” against fellow Democrat representative Ilhan Omar and Twitch VIPs, such as pokimane, HasanAbi and Myth.

“Holy cow … Can y’all hear me?,” Ocasio-Cortez said as she tried to find her bearings on the platform, which is predominantly used to live stream video gameplay. “This is pretty wild. I’m pretty excited.”

Launched in 2011,

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