Quite frankly I have to ask myself 'whats not to like' about 'Art in a Box' by the wonderful Sarah Richardson & The Tate (Darling).
If ever I run dry'ish of ideas of things to do with my children and those in my children's art classes I head straight for the Tate (Modern normally) as they are stuffed to the brim with innovative ideas of high creativity for children. Learning by mistake as it were - actually is this not the holy grail of teaching?
I digress. Inside of this natty little magnetic box (very Tate sweetie) are 20 cards with well known and mainly contemporary Artists work on. Peter Blake, Chris Offili, Cornelia Parker cards sit alongside Picasso and Albert Irving. On one side of the A5 card is a well known work, covering the whole side bar a couple of mm at the edge. On the reverse are the Artist's details, birth, death etc and up to 8 bullet points about their work and thought provoking questions for for the children to read and think about themselves.
Lastly, the 'Your Turn' section. An activity to make something along the lines of said Artist. For example, Albert Irvin. 'Make your own abstract painting in the style of Albert Irvin'. Using suggested materials that are easy to grab, using two colours from the included colour chart in the box (LOVELY touch) and suggested materials, we are guided to produce something akin to the Artist's work itself.
Tactile, easy to comprehend and frankly delicious for parents and children to work on together I fully endorse this pressie. Enjoy.
ps. Find it here for £9.76. nice.