Oct 122010

I have two very creative sons, and lately they have taken over my refrigerator. While my tween son has spent countless hours working with his new Custom Motorcycle Design Studio, his four-year-old brother finally got permission to use his older brother’s Car Design Studio.  The Custom Motorcycle Design Studio is one of the newest products from ArtLab, the creative brand from SmartLab.

The Custom Motor Cycle Studio consists of a light table, traceable acetate outlines and add-on clings, which help my son customize the car just the way he wants it.

After he has built and customized the motorcycle design with the removable add-on clings, my son puts a piece of paper over the acetate outline on top of the light table, and then it is time to draw. The lines from the motorcycle outline including the add-on clings can easily be seen through the paper thanks to the light from the light table, and it does not take long before my son starts showing off fabulous creations.

The 24 page illustrated handbook comes with great tips, and it both gives the inspiration as well as teaches how to takes steps to make these creative motorcycle drawings without the light table.

The Custom Motorcycle Design Studio Includes:

  • A horizontal light table
  • 10 artist-grade colored pencils
  • 5 motorcycle body acetates
  • 71 motorcycle accessory clings
  • 24 sheets of paper
  • 24-page fully-illustrated book

Below my eight-year-old son is creating custom motorcycle drawings with the Custom Motorcycle Design Studio.

Some mornings my eight-year-old son rushes to finish his morning routines, just so that he can create with the Custom Motorcycle Design Studio before school. When my sons get home in the afternoon, they both love to sit and draw together, and as a mother I love that the Custom Motorcycle Design Studio and the Car Design Studio takes their attention away from the television.

Below you see my four-year-son creating car designs.

The ArtLab brand from SmartLab has eight different art kits including the Custom Motorcycle Design and the Car Design Studio. The SmartLab brand also has numerous science kits in their catalog, which are perfect for any tween boy. There are even some for girls too, just check out the cool selection at SmartLab.com.

My sons are big fans of the SmartLab and ArtLab kits, and whenever we visit Barnes and Noble, they love to check out their selection of SmartLab products. They have their very own shelf in the kids section, and it always seem to be the first place that my kids check out, whenever we go to the bookstore.

As a mother I absolutely love the SmartLab and ArtLab kits, because they help my sons get engaged in the world around them, the kits make them think, explore the fantastic world of science, and they inspire my sons to use their imagination.

The Best Gifts for Tween Boys

PhotobucketThe Custom Motorcycle Design Studio is recommended from ages 7 +, and it is the perfect gift for a tween boy. Not only does it foster imagination, but it also encourages creativity, and it helps teach drawing in a cool and trendy way. While my four-year-old son needed help in the beginning, he now makes his very own creations with the Car Design Studio, so while the Art Lab Studios are recommended from ages 7+, as a mother I can recommend them for younger children as well.

The Custom Motorcycle Design Studio is a great way to get your tween son away from the game station and television, because it is a sure way to keep him occupied for hours while he explores his imagination.

Buy It
You can find the ArtLab and SmartLab kits at Barnes & Noble and at Borders stores, or you can buy The Custom Motorcycle Design Studio from ArtLab on amazon.com.

Win It: Giveaway Closed:  
Giveaway Winners Announced Here
SmartLab is generously giving away a Custom Motorcycle Design Studio to one of Frugality Is Free’s readers.

Mandatory Entry:
Visit SmartLab.com and tell me what item from their SmartLab/Art Lab collections (other than the one featured in this post) you would like to give someone for Christmas, and who you would give it to.
– 1 entry (1 comment) 

 This giveaway will end November 11th at 10 p.m. EST. 

This giveaway is open to US residents. I will chose the winner via Random.org, and the winner will be notified by e-mail. Make sure to leave your email, or have your contact available on your blogger site. The winner will have 48 hours to respond, and if there is no response another winner will be chosen. 

*I received a sample of the Custom Motorcycle Design Studio from SmartLab for the purpose of this review. I received no other compensation, and the opinions expressed in this review are mine and mine alone.

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