Arts and crafts not only help kids spend time away from screens, they also encourage them to learn new skills and think inventively. There are a lot of creative kits available for young ones to try on their own or with friends, from guided activities to open-ended art-making sessions. Whether your child is a budding artist or someone who loves any kind of hands-on learning, there’s an artsy kit out there for them. Find something for creatives of all ages in our picks below.
1. Kid Made Modern Arts and Crafts Library Kit
Enjoy hours of crafting with this portable center for creativity. It equips you with more than 1,000 supplies to exercise the imagination, including close to 300 pipe cleaners, more than 100 googly eyes (adhesive and nonadhesive), and dozens of beads and felt pieces. Kids can make all kinds of colorful constructions or follow the included guidebook with step-by-step-instructions for projects. The sturdy, high-quality materials will result in artful keepsakes you’ll want to show off.
2. CraftLab Little Monsters Beginners Sewing Craft Kit
This is a fun little kit for children to try out the art of sewing or practice their sewing skills. It includes easy-to-follow directions to make zany monsters out of fabric. All the fabric is precut and prepunched, and all materials are included, from nontoxic glue to needles with rounded tips. With minimal help from an adult, kids can learn simple stitches to form and stuff five adorable monsters.
3. Creativity for Kids Hide & Seek Rock Painting Kit
Enjoy a peaceful painting session to bring plain rocks to life. This kit includes 10 smooth rocks in an assortment of sizes as well as acrylic craft paint in eight bright colors and two different-sized paint brushes. Decorate them with your own pictures or messages or try “tattooing” them with the included transfer designs. The paint is weather-resistant, so you don’t have to glaze or seal your art once complete. The finished rocks make for a great garden decoration—or surprise gift to leave around your neighborhood for people to find.
4. Made By Me Create Your Own Window Art
For a simple, reduced-mess craft, try creating some dazzling window art. This kit comes with acetate sheets and paint pens in vibrant colors, to produce translucent suncatchers that you can hang on any glass surface. Simply place a sheet over an included design of your choice, trace the outline, fill it in with paint, and peel off the sheet once it’s dried. The finished stencil can then be attached to an included suction cup to hang in your window without leaving any residue. This kit includes supplies to make 12 ornaments, including a smiling sun, a rainbow, and a peace sign.
5. Horizon Group USA Ultimate Box of Crafts
Keep this craft box at hand for a rainy day or a long car ride. It includes lots of loose materials, like glitter, foam sheets, popsicle sticks, and sequins—perfect for making cards, mini sculptures, and other creative playthings. Each product also comes in a great variety of shapes and colors. The sheer amount of stuff may be overwhelming, but everything has a space in the storage case, which also encourages kids to clean up when they’re done.