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Shoebox Season!

Hey, it’s Operation Christmas Child “shoebox” season! Just like many of you, I pack shoeboxes too! I’ve been trying to send fewer things of higher quality, things they won’t quickly outgrow, and things with a more educational trend. Here’s some of what I choose to pack:

(note: if you can’t see the Amazon links, try pausing your ad blocker. Technically, they’re ads.)

Which are the best things to buy?

For 40 years I’ve been sketching, painting, modeling, building, reading, and learning pretty much non-stop. I’ve found some really great tools and books, and a lot of not-so-great ones that you don’t want to waste your money on. You can see me using some of the great ones in my Learning with Art video courses, and you may want to know what that great pen or colored pencil is.

I’ve put all the best things together here as links to Amazon listings (check back later, as it will take time to find and post them all). It’s convenient for you and provides a small commission to me if you buy something after clicking the link here (which will open Amazon).

Thank you—and you’re welcome! Happy sketching, painting, modeling, building, reading, and learning!

Berol Prismacolor pencils are good for all-purpose coloring.

Digital scale, excellent price for middle or high school science:

Laser Infrared Thermometer Gun (great for various science experiments. Kids love them.)

My all-time favorite books about microlife:

Superior hand magnifier (30x, compared to most others at 5-10x) and an unbeatable price. Slow shipping, though.

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