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The Perfect Stencils for Arts and Crafts

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Drawing, coloring and exploring the arts are such essential parts of child development. While free play is great, children should also be exposed to creating artwork that expresses shapes or letters. This is where a stencil can come in handy — especially when a child has difficulty recreating specific shapes on their own.

Preschoolers can use this kids stencil set to learn shapes and letters as well as practice properly holding a pencil. This set comes with a carrying case, which helps keep all of the pieces in one place.

This stencil set comes with a set of color pencils, child safety scissors and a pencil sharpener, as well as 20 sheets of plain drawing paper and 20 sticker sheets.

This kids stencil set features an array of shapes both big and small, making it great for younger and older children to use. You also get a stencil with letters and numbers.

This stencil set comes with 58 pieces, including 20 stencils, 15 color pencils, a pencil sharpener, a mechanical pencil and drawing sheets.

Along with letters and numbers, this kids stencil set features animals, objects and geometric shapes to help children recognize common items from everyday life.

Expert Commentary

Stencils are a wonderful way to introduce variety into your child’s play and help them start practicing shapes, letters and numbers. Stencils come in a wide variety of patterns with outlines that can then be customized by your child. These can help develop their motor skills and improve their strength and self-control. It’s also an activity that can build creativity and reinforce the connection between you and your child.

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