Activity toys are great for keeping kids busy for a few hours, but the best part about toys in this category is that they yield a physical object that kids can call their own. Incorporating kids’ favorite characters into arts and crafts products brings toys in this category one step further.

Tara Toy has an awesome line of Monster High arts and crafts products for kids ages 6 and up. The Make It Clawsome Activity Journal is a fang-tastic light up journal that kids can color and decorate. The iconic, adorably ghoulish Monster High skull is featured on the cover, and it lights up in different colors when kids press down on the center. The journal set comes with 112 assorted Monster High stickers (including six square stud stick-ons and super cute photo frames), four brightly colored markers, and one purple glitter pen. Kids can color and decorate the cover of the 60-page journal and then fill it up with their favorite memories, doodles, photos, or whatever else they want. Instead of a standard diary, the Make it Clawsome Activity Journal leaves girls with a completely unique product they designed themselves, but one that also reflects the Monster High brand they adore.

In addition to the journal, the Monster High Color ’n Style Light Up Lamp is another completely customizable activity item from Tara Toy. Kids can color and design their own light up vinyl Monster High skull to display in their room. This product is an activity toy and an ultra affordable piece of room décor all in one. The vinyl skull includes printed black line art to color in with three included markers (though any markers will do just fine) and gem stickers. The skull contains color-changing LED lights, leaving kids with the perfect bedside lamp.

Each of these products provides lasting play value. Customization is great for kids looking to get creative, but the black outlines also help kids who need a little bit of guidance. With these and more from Tara Toy, kids are left with a keepsake they can show off, and, best of all, a great sense of accomplishment and pride.

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Marissa Silva

Marissa Silva

Marissa Silva, AKA That Toy Girl, is the editor-in-chief at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider. With more than a decade of experience in the toy industry, Marissa is a trusted toy expert, providing parents, gift-givers, retailers, manufacturers, and licensors with information on the latest news related to toys, games, kids’ products, pop culture collectibles, and licensed merchandise for adults. A board game pro and puzzle queen, Marissa spends most of her free time shopping for superhero T-shirts, dominating at Mario Kart, and anxiously awaiting her Hogwarts acceptance letter. She is also a new mom to her baby girl Lucy Jo and has quickly become an expert in high-contrast cards, wooden toys, and plush. Marissa has been featured on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, the Tamron Hall Show, Access Hollywood, Fox & Friends, ABC World News Now, MSNBC, CBS, NY1, WPIX, and more. You can follow her on Instagram @thattoygirl.