A Mighty Girl's top arts & crafts toys for creative Mighty Girls all ages!
As many kids — and adults — know, there are few things as satisfying as expressing your creativity! Whether you're painting a picture, playing a song, or making something beautiful, arts and crafts inspire the maker as much as those who see them. And there's no better way to keep hands and minds busy if the weather is bad than with a fun new project!
If you'd like to give the gift of creative play this holiday, we've collected our favorite arts and crafts toys and kits in this blog post. In the first section, we've featured toys and kits for drawing, painting, and sculpting; in the second part, we've shared our favorite fabric craft kits; and in the final section, we've showcased a variety of real and pretend play musical instruments for all ages. So take a look, and see what things your Mighty Girl could make by hand this holiday!
For more girl-empowering toys of all varieties, check out our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide.
Arts and Crafts Toys for Mighty Girls
This set of five easy-to-use musical instruments from Hohner is perfect for the littlest musicians! Three sound shapes, a wave drum, and a mini glockenspiel with a baby-safe mallet provide lots of potential to explore rhythm and pitch. All the pieces are lead, BPA, and phthalate-free, so you don't have to worry if an instrument becomes a teething toy! It's a great way to get kids into music from the beginning.
Create beautiful art while taking care of the planet with these 100% beeswax crayons from Honeysticks! Honeysticks crayons are one of the few on the market that don't incorporate any paraffin or other fillers. Their wax is a natural byproduct of honey production, so it has nearly no impact on the environment — and it smells wonderful! Plus, their unique short and chubby design makes them easy for young kids to hold but almost impossible to break. This set of 12 comes with purple, blue, black, ocher, pink, white, red, light green, dark green, orange, brown, and yellow crayons.
Rock out and learn with this drum set from VTech! Four different electronic learning drums let kids play freestyle or drum along to 9 pre-set songs. Or, for more structured learning play, follow the lights on the drums to learn about letters and numbers. Each drum and cymbal has a different sound, so she's sure to get hours of play out of this fun set.
Move and groove with the Hape Early Melodies Mighty Band! This all-inclusive 5-in-1 percussion section includes a wooden drum, a cymbal, a guiro, a xylophone, a clapper, and a pair of drumsticks, perfect for young kids to start exploring rhythm and melody. Everything stores neatly together so you can find your instruments at a moment's notice when inspiration strikes! Plus, parents will feel good knowing that it's made from wood from environmentally sourced forests.
Why not give you child their very own castle — one she can decorate herself! This cardboard castle from Easy Playhouse is easy to assemble, and it's reversible, so kids can draw, paint, or color on both sides of each piece. Two doors, four large windows, and four turrets provide fun details, while the 32" square interior provides room for more than one ruler, knight, or magician to play!
This terrific child-sized desk from Step2 provides plenty of storage for the budding artist! Molded-in compartments make it easy to keep different art supplies separate, and kids will love the push-button light that ensures they can see easily as they work. A hinged dry-erase writing surface conceals even more storage underneath! Plus, parents will love the durable construction — and the easy-clean surfaces for when art gets a bit messy.
You need a space to save all of your child's amazing artwork! This colorful storage case will hold sheets up to 12 by 18 inches in size. Nine expandable accordion pockets allow you to sort the artwork so it's easy to find the piece you're looking for. The front even includes a space for your child's name or for a 4" x 6" photograph of your budding artist.
You'll have hours of molding, modeling, squishy fun with this 36-pack of Play-Doh cans — each one a unique color! Each container holds 3 ounces of Play-Doh, perfect to roll, stretch, and shape. Bring them out a few at a time, or take them all out at once for a rainbow of possibilities. With so many colors to choose from, her imagination can really soar! For another option with plenty of Play-Doh cans to choose from, check out this 24 pack.
With this kit from the ALEX Toys Little Hands series, preschoolers can make creative mosaic pictures with hundreds of colorful shape and photo stickers! As kids match the stickers to the right spot on the picture boards, they'll develop their matching and fine-motor skills — but what they'll really enjoy is watching the cheerful pictures come to life, particularly with the photorealistic details provided by the photo stickers. Five pictures are included: a lion, a house, a birthday cake, a cereal bowl, and flowers.
Keep them busy with this kit full of supplies to make dough animals, a farm collage, paper bag puppets, and more! You'll be amazed at all the stuff that comes in this kit, as well as all the projects that it allows your kids to create. The set includes plastic frames, animal punch outs, play dough, tissue art outlines, and piles of tissue paper, glue, pipe cleaners, and more. It's a young crafter's dream!
Color and re-color twelve adorable pets with this giant set from Crayola! The Scribble Scrubbie pets are little flocked figures that kids can color with the included Crayola markers. Decorate them however you please — and when you want to change them up, give them a quick clean in the Scrubbie tub and you can start over! This set includes five dogs, four cats, one hamster, and two rabbits, plus twelve markers, the Scrubbie tub, and two scrub brushes to get your Scribble Scrubbies gleaming.
With Crayola's Color Wonder Art Desk, you can have mess-free coloring fun anywhere! This portable art desk comes with Color Wonder markers and ink pad that only mark on Color Wonder paper. Five jungle-themed stamps give kids an easy way to add animal characters to their drawings. When you're done, pack everything up in the self-contained storage. And don't forget to grab some extra Color Wonder paper so she can create as many masterpieces as she pleases!
The accordion is one of the world's most popular instruments, and kids can easily test it out with this child sized version from Woodstock Percussion. This 2-octave accordion produces an authentic sound and requires kids to actually play — it's an instrument, not a toy! Eight easy-to-play songs are included in the instructions, all packed in a decorative box that's perfect for gift giving.
Get ready to rock and learn with this musical octopus from Fisher Price! The Rocktopus comes with 15 different musical instruments that kids can add or remove, changing the sound quality until it's just right for their creation. Kids can experiment with patterning in the Math play mode, play a musical game in Game mode, or compose their own masterpiece in Music mode. Then, download the free Rocktopus app so your little maestro can create their own music video!
Budding photographers will love this sturdy 1.3 megapixel camera that takes both stills and video! The camera includes a 4X zoom and wacky photo effects, and you can also connect it to a computer to download their shots. Store over 800 pictures on the camera itself, or expand the storage capacity with a standard microSD card. It's a fun way to get your child into the art of photography.
This set from Hohner is a complete rhythm band in a box! With a tambourine, rhythm sticks, a nylon wrist bell, a wood sounder, cymbals with mallets, and a triangle with a striker, there are plenty of instruments here for multiple kids to learn about rhythm play. Six sing-and-play inserts provide age-appropriate songs and activities to get kids jamming.
Every artist needs an easel! This double-sided easel from Hape features a chalk board on one side and a dry-erase board on the other side. The included paper roll mounts at the top, while screw-down clamps ensure that things stay in place while she paints and draws. Parents will love the large tray for holding art supplies and the included drip-reducing and sealable pots for paint. Plus, like all Hape toys, it's made from sustainably sourced woods.
Kids can draw or color anywhere with this handy portable desk from Alex Toys. Large zippered compartments hold art supplies like paper and markers, while the exterior has straps to hold a 9 by 12" notebook. It easily fits on a lap or on an airplane tray table, so it's perfect for travel. Kids will love being able to take their art wherever inspiration strikes them!
Unlike typical play sand, this sand actually moves! Kinetic Sand "flows" through your fingers and sticks to itself as if it were wet, but doesn't stick to fingers or clothing. Because it clumps nicely, kids can easily build sand castles, tunnels, and other structures. It's easy to clean up and it never dries out, so it makes an easy sensory play activity to keep handy to use any time. This 11lb package provides plenty of sand to fill a good-sized bin, so more than one child can play at a time.
Get your feet moving, not to the music, but making music! This giant vinyl keyboard features 8 instrument sounds and 4 different play modes. You can even records your tunes and play them back! And if the adults in the family just can't resist testing it out, don't worry; it can hold up to some grown-ups playing around too.
Transform egg cartons into six barnyard animals with this kit from Klutz Jr.! The specially made egg cartons in this sit tear apart and glue easily Then, paint the cartons and add googly eyes, cotton balls, and pre-cut accessories to make your very own farm animal friends. Fun animal facts throughout the book give an added giggle as kids work! An included idea book provides inspiration for a wide variety of barnyard animals kids can choose from.
With this unique set of static-cling stickers from Craft-Tastic, girls can imagine all sorts of empowering scenarios! 250 stickers include doctors, superheroes, businesswomen, athletes, and more, as well as text stickers that encourage her to see herself as smart, adventurous, focused, and powerful. The book includes multiple scenes, including a dreamscape, a mountain top, and a global map. All of the pieces are reusable, so she can create empowering stories again and again!
Seeing a bunch of art supplies in every color of the rainbow can't help but be inspiring! This huge set from Crayola includes crayons, colored pencils, and two styles of markers, as well as paper, scissors, and a color-your-own stickers set. When it's time to get on the move, everything packs into the included case. 150 total pieces ensure that your child will always have just the right color to make their works of art.
You can create beautiful, personalized cards with ease with the elements in this lovely set from Made by Hands. Over 500 pop-out shapes can be used to make a variety of cards for friends and family, from birthday wishes to party invitations to thank you notes. Twenty blank cards in seven colors and twenty envelopes are included to get you started.
Kids love books that are sized to their hands — but they'll love them even more when they get to be the author! This set includes three 4 by 5 inch bitty books, each with 12 double-sided pages, that kids can write in with the included markers and decorate with stickers. As a bonus, the set includes a book holder they can decorate to store their books. It's the perfect way to let kids experience the excitement of being an author.
Create and grow your own miniature fairy world with this set from Faber and Castell! Paint the pot, ornament it with fun accessories like a flower fairy, a fairy house, gems, and more, then plant the wheatgrass and bean mixture and watch your garden grow. Kids will be proud to say that they made the cheerful green garden on the windowsill — no fairy magic required!
Imagine how exciting it will be when your child sees their own writing and artwork as a professionally published full-color 7 x 9 hardcover book! With this kit from IlluStory, kids get the materials to create their book, then send them off to be printed in a hardcover volume, complete with an "about the author" page. You can even order additional copies of the book as gifts for family members. (Please note: completed books can only ship within the US.)
Making your own quilt has never been so easy! Kids can quickly and simply knot the fringed squares together — no cutting or sewing required. The forty-eight 12" squares come in colorful, coordinating patterns so that kids can lay them out however they'd like. The soft, cozy fleece is sure to keep her — or the lucky person she gives it to — warm and snuggly all winter long.
With this kids' karaoke machine from VTech, you can take center stage! The Kidi Star Karaoke Machine has a Music Magic mode that turns down the main vocal track from any song from the MP3 player or mobile device — or you can sing along to the eight included original songs. A disco light on the machine allow syou to create colorful light effects, and you can even add audience sounds! Performance-loving kids will have hours of fun with this machine.
Pop up books are a perennial favorite, and it's a rare kid who doesn't wonder, "How do they do that?" Now she can not only find out, but make two of her own with this kit from Faber and Castell! Illustrated instructions provide some story seeds and step-by-step pop-up ideas, but in the end, she's only limited by her imagination.
Make some incredible art with this Crayola Inspiration Art Case inspired by Incredibles characters! This portable art case is packed full of art supplies inspired by the vibrant colors and exciting characters in The Incredibles 2. The set includes 16 Super Tips washable markers, 18 Pip-Squeaks Skinnies washable markers, 12 colored pencils, 64 crayons, 15 custom Incredibles 2 coloring pages and a portable storage case.
Reveal designs with spectacular holographic effects with this scratch art kit from Melissa and Doug! Sixteen scratch art boards are included, four each of Scratch and Sparkle, Rainbow Black, Rainbow White, and Scratch-Lite translucent styles. Kids can use the included stencils to scratch stenciled shapes, or just let their imagination go and scratch whatever pictures they please!
Create images with texture and depth by coloring with clay in this kit fro Faber-Castell's Do Art line! Everything you need to color in four jungle-themed design boards is included: 12 vibrantly colored sticks of clay, a rubber-tipped blending tool, and 3 double-sided clay tools. It even includes easel backs to display your work when you're done! Plus, parents will love that the modeling clay in this kit is non-toxic, never dries out, and won't stain little hands.
Even kids as young as 5 can make their own stop motion films with this great set! The Hue HD camera, with its plug-and-play design and its adjustable neck, ensures that kids can get just the right angle for their shots, while the included software lets them add text or special effects, record sounds, import music and audio, and more. Both PC and Mac versions are available of this set, which will make kids appreciate the time and effort that goes into the movies they love on the big screen!
Everything your little artist needs in one handy box! This set from US Art Supply includes 24 color pencils, 24 oil pastels, 24 watercolor cakes, 2 paint brushes, 2 drawing pencils, and all the accessories you need for some serious creative art. The whole thing travels and stores in a wooden case that makes it easy to find exactly the tool you're looking for. This set will make your child feel like a real artist!
Learn to play the classical guitar with this beautiful set from Yamaha! Everything you need to start playing immediately comes in one box, including a Yamaha CGS103A guitar, a lovely beginner's instrument with a solid spruce top that's available in full size for adults or 1/2 and 3/4 sizes for smaller adults and younger players; a gig bag; a clip-on tuner; spare strings and a stringwinder; a polishing cloth; and an instructional DVD. You'll be playing beautiful music in no time!
You can make the proportions of your picture just right with a little help from this set from Alex Toys! Insert a pre-printed slide and switch on the projector to trace the outline of whatever you want to draw. By tilting the light forwards and backwards, you can make wacky proportions, or you can mix and match heads and bodies to create new characters. It even provides a step-by-step guide to making your own flip book!
With this set from ALEX Toys, you'll have all the eco-friendly scrapbook supplies you need to make your own memory book. The set includes a 40 page 10 inch spiral bound hardcover scrapbook, 330 stickers, paper shapes and frames, 8 10 inch square printed papers, 6 eco pencils, 6 wooden buttons, 3 craft sticks, a glue stick, 3 ribbons, 2 twine cords, zig-zag scissors and easy instructions — all of which use as many recycled and earth-friendly materials as possible, including recycled paperboard and soy inks.
Remember how amazing it is to watch a print develop in the blink of an eye? With the Instax Mini 9 camera from Fujifilm, kids can snap a picture and have credit-card-sized prints in minutes! This easy-to-use point and shoot camera has an automatic exposure control feature that flashes an LED to suggest the best settings for a given picture. Kids will also love the macro lens adaptor for closeups and a high-key mode for a softer look for their pictures. Don't forget the extra film!
In addition to being a useful skill, sewing is a craft with tremendous potential! This kit from Alex Toys will get kids started right away with pre-cut pattern pieces for plenty of fun projects. Kids will work with embroidery floss, learn to attach notions like buttons and rick-rack, as well as learning sewing basics like pinning and using a thimble. It's a great way to get an eager little crafter started.
Kids can experiment with drawing elaborate scenes with this set from Crayola that features a light-up coloring board! Thanks to the light on the tracing pad, kids can easily see images from the 10 tracing sheets — over 100 images in all — and they can even color in the dark. Use the included graphite pencil to trace the shapes, then add your own flair with the included colored pencils! Hundreds more images are available online, too, so kids can create nearly anything they can imagine.
Make spectacular "fireworks" of paint with Alex's spinner! Squeeze the handle a few times to bring the spinner up to speed, then experiment with dripping paint in different ways and places to see what patterns are created by the centripetal force. The results provide unique artwork for other crafts, including cards, collages, and more. The set comes with 20 spin paper cards and four bottles of paint to get you started!
Build and paint your own bird house to entice birds to your yard with this set from Toysmith! This great kit includes everything you need to complete and decorate a sweet bird house. No hardware is necessary to put these pre-cut pieces together, making it a great rainy- or snowy-day activity to brighten up the day. She'll be proud to say, "I made that!"
With this kit from Breyer, she can create her very own dream horse model! This set comes with two realistic 6" horse models, paints, and brushes, as well as an instruction manual that includes reference photos of a wide variety of horse markings. Once her models are painted, she can keep them on a shelf for display, or add them to her Breyer horse collection. It's the perfect holiday project for horse-loving kids.
Kala is a premier maker of ukuleles, and this model shows the high quality they devote to even their entry-level instruments. Thanks to the agathis wood top and body, both the appearance and the sound quality of this ukulele are top-notch. A few strums will show why it's worth investing a little more in even a beginner instrument! Add a gig bag and she'll enjoy music wherever she goes!
Fans of Pete's Dragon can design their own dragon friend with this craft kit from Seedling and Disney! Paint the wooden dragon and wings to your taste, then add faux fur, felt, and more to make it your own. When you're done, you can display your dragon with pride! Everything you need is included inside the box, so all you have to do is pop it open and get crafting.
Learn the art of latch hooking while making a mini unicorn rug with this kit from Kahootz! Use the latch hook tool to loop yarn through the canvas; it's color coded so it's easy to keep track of what colors go where. The box comes with all of the yarn you'll need, pre-cut so it's easy to work with, and an illustrated guide to teach you the ropes. When you're done, you can attach the hanging loops to display it on a wall, or use it as a mini rug!
Decorate your space with adorable paper lantern animals — made by you! — with this set from Klutz. The plastic frames in these paper lanterns make them safe for even young crafters to use, while the punch-out papers make it easy to make your choice of 6 of 21 different designs! The 32-page manual provides plenty of inspiration for your young crafter so they can have a fleet of animal friends in no time.
Be a comic artist like you've always dreamed with this kit from Lulu Jr.! Write and illustrate your own comic on the included sheets, then send them off to Lulu Jr. and they'll print an 18-page comic book that looks just like the real thing! It even includes a professionally typeset title page. You can order additional copies online as well, so you can have your own mini comic run! (Please note: completed books can only ship within the US.)
These little treats from Klutz look good enough to eat! In this set, kids will roll out clay and shape it with a tool, just like fondant in a bakery, to create faux flowers, sprinkles, and other decorations. Then they'll add cheerful faces to their sweet treats! The clay is easy to work and air dries — no baking required. The end result are adorable clay goodies that she'll love to display. And if she ends up needing more clay, check out this Sculpey III clay sampler which includes 30 colors.
Which car will be the fastest? With this kit from Made by Me, kids can make wooden cars with pre-cut wooden pieces and working wheels, then decorate them with paint and decals to create the perfect finish. Then, line up your cars for a race: which one will be fastest? All the materials you need to create three race cars are included.
This clever card game gets you composing your own melodies in minutes! Each card features a series of notes that are like building blocks for a tune; select and arrange several cards, then register online and you can actually hear what you created! The website allows you to flip, rotate, and switch cards until you get a melody you like. It's a great way to get playful with music composition.
Turn your windows into works of art with this window art activity set from Made By Me! The set includes 12 sun catcher shapes to paint, plus an acetate sheet that allows you to create personalized window clings. An easy to follow instruction book takes you step by step through creating your projects and mounting them on the window with the suction cups and cording, so you can bring some color to even the greyest day!
Traditional knitting is tricky because of working with needles; this knit loom makes it quick and easy! Wind the yarn around the tools provided and flip the yarn loops to create hats, scarves, bags, and more. This set includes a circle loom and a two-sided hand loom, plus 90 yards of yarn to get you started. For a finishing touch, use the tassel-maker to create your own custom details!
If it's amazing to think of the work that goes into an animated film today, kids will be even more amazed as they use this kit to rebuild one of the first moving picture machines! This set from 4M allows kids to build their own praxinoscope, which they can use to watch one of the six double-sided animation sheets — or to experiment with their own animation on one of the six blank sheets. The completed praxinoscope includes a yellow LED light to ensure it's always bright enough to view. It's a fun, hands-on look at a piece of movie history.
From threading a needle to sewing her first project, this sewing kit from Sew First will help her do it all! Designed by a sewist mom to encourage kids to learn this fun and useful skill, this kit includes enough material to make multiple stuffed animals and sewing accessories. When she's finished all the included projects, the reusable case provides the perfect spot to keep all of her notions for future sewing sessions.
Learn the essentials of embroidering, crocheting, and sewing with one cool kit from Alex Toys! Everything you need to make nine different projects, including a stuffed dog, a scarf, a coin purse, and more, comes packed into a hand case that also works for storing all your crafting bits and pieces. Once you've learned the basic skills, use the rest of the materials to make your own creation!
Kids can roll their own candles out of beeswax sheets with this unique craft kit! Honeycomb beeswax sheets are included in a beautiful array of colors — ivory, natural, pink, red, cranberry, blue, green, yellow, purple, and aqua. The set also includes instructions and 6 yards of cotton wick, enough to make up to 20 taper candles measuring 8" x 1". It's easy to handle and kids will love seeing the results of their candlemaking lit up!
Create your own elegant and colorful yarn-wrapped giraffes with this kit from Craft-tastic! Two cardboard giraffes, one 12.75" tall and one 9.75" tall, are included in this set, along with twelve bright and cheerful yarn colors to use for wrapping. The included instructions show what order to wrap in to get the best effect; the result is perfect for kids to proudly display!
Basics of sewing are fun to learn when you're making these colorful little monsters! Everything you need to make five fun monster projects, including a phone case / wallet, is included in this easy to use kit. Pre-cut and pre-perforated felt pieces make it simple to end up with great results, building confidence as you go. There are even enough needles in the kit for multiple kids to work at once, making this a great option for siblings or craft parties.
Learn the techniques of embroidery step-by-step with this great kit from Alex Toys. Start off with a simple headband project to whet your appetite, then get deeper into the craft by learning 12 different stitches you can use to embellish fabric. Kids will even learn how to incorporate buttons and beads into their embroidery projects. This kit is the perfect way to foster a lifelong love of stitching.
Kids will be amazed at how versatile a seemingly simple loom can be! With this kit's 91 yards of rainbow yarn, kids can make a scarf, a tasseled coaster, a drawstring pouch, or something of their own invention. Then, switch over to tapestry making with the 42 picture strips that create 3 different picture tapestries. With its easy to use adjustable frame, this kit is the perfect introduction to this venerable art.
With this kit from Klutz, you can stitch and stuff a furry friend with a touch of personality! This set includes everything you need to make a personalized llama pillow for your bedroom or other cozy space. Set the pillow out of precut faux fur, then add its expression and accessories by cutting designs out of the included felt and decorating them with pom-poms, sequins, and more. It's a fun project that encourages kids to develop their skills and their creative flair!
Experiment with color by making your own custom markers, then top them off with wacky tips that create different patterns as you draw! The set comes with three ink bottles and a mixing chart to get you started in making 16 unique markers, but no one says you have to follow the guide — you can always mix and match to your own taste. Plus, the fun doesn't have to end when you run out of ink or marker barrels: refills are available separately.
Got a budding filmmaker to buy for? With this kit from Klutz she'll learn how to make stop-motion animated films using everyone's favorite building blocks! This beginner-friendly guide teaches kids the basics of stop-motion, and walks you through making ten "mini-movies" with your phone or tablet. Six included background settings and thirty-six LEGO elements — including mini figures and fun accessories like a pizza, a banana, and more — will get her started; then, she can use what she's learned to create her own masterpiece!
It's amazingly easy to make adorable stuffed animals with needle felting, and this kit will show you how! Klutz's needle felting tool is simple to use for beginners, and with a selection of 100% natural wool in six vibrant colors to create six different fuzzy friends, kids will quickly learn the basic techniques. A 52-page instructional booklet provides tips and tricks, as well as inspiration for future projects.
You can make magnetic works of art that are perfect for fridges, locker doors, or other magnetic surfaces! You'll paint any design that strikes your fancy on these 2 by 2 inch tiles, then attach magnetic backing so that you can attach them to any magnetic surface. Five paint shades are included, which can be mixed to make just about any color you want. They're perfect for decorating your own space or for special gifts for friends and family.
With this kit from American Girl, you can sew a friendly stuffed owl for you — plus a mini one for your doll! With 24 felt pieces, embroidery floss, and sequins, you can make these owls truly your own. The project and idea booklet include all the directions you need to make this fun project. Kids who like this set can also check out the Sew and Stuff: Raccoons Kit and the Sew and Stuff: Monkeys Kit.
Create two friendly monkey pillows — one sized for you and one sized for your doll — with this kit from American Girl Crafts! Pre-cut felt pieces are perforated to make it easy for kids to see where each stitch should go. This easy-to-assemble kit will help kids build confidence, and then they can look at the included idea booklet for inspiration for their next sewing project.
Tweens will be amazed at the effects you can create with stencil art! This kit from Klutz teaches kids the basics of stenciling with an instruction book full of tips, tricks, and inspiration. 72 different stencils — both kid-friendly shapes like flowers and aliens and abstract geometric shapes kids can use to create their own images — are included, as well as eight different ink colors and fourteen pages of stickers for that finishing touch.
It's easy to make adorable miniature clay charms with this fun kit from Klutz! By following the step-by-step instructions, kids can make 35 different designs, from friendly fruit to adorable animals. Once you've baked them dry and given them a coat of glaze, you can attach them to the included charm bracelet! This kit is a great way to get kids started sculpting with clay.
Wrap your own beautiful yarn tree with this kit from Craft-Tastic! An 18" tall bendable wire tree and plenty of colorful yarn allow you to create a tree that's uniquely yours. The instruction guide shows you how to properly wrap the yarn for a tight, seamless look. Then, bend the tree's branches into shape and use it to store jewelry or as a decorative accent. For another fun yarn-wrapping kit, check out the Yarn Giraffes Kit.
This kit from Creativity for Kids teaches kids the ancient Japanese art of paper folding, but gives it a new spin by showing kids ways to make their designs into works of art. In addition to the bright colored and boldly patterned paper, this kit includes sticker embellishments that turn traditional designs into modern-day wonders – and step-by-step instructions with photographs makes it easy!
Words are a powerful thing! This empowering kit lets tweens and teens design a poster that celebrates all the things that make them special. Start by layering tissue paper on the 9/75" by 14.75" poster board, then select words that describe you from a selection of dozens of different attributes: everything from adventurous to kind to shy to silly. The end result is a poster as unique as your child.
Remember being amazed at the complex designs you could make with a few spins of the Spirograph? The original Spirograph is back, and with this 45-piece set, it's better than ever. With wheels, rings, putty, and even a guidebook to get your started creating designs, it won't be long until you're spinning beautiful images. Best of all, everything fits in the included carrying case so you'll always know where your supplies are. For even more spiral design fun, check out the massive Super Spirograph 75-piece Jumbo Kit.
Put a new spin on weaving with the Loopdeloom! This ingenious loom design incorporates spinning pegs so the weaving process is super fast and easy to learn. Kids can start with a basic potholder and work their way up to more complex items using the patterns and instructions in the kit — with only one loom, you can make items of any length and up to 7" wide, or you can connect multiple looms to make wider items with no seams. This set even includes 120 years of yarn to get her started.
Create your own colorful soaps with this complete kit from Klutz! Everything you need for melting and molding soaps is included: twenty blocks of clear soap base, a soap mold with six shapes, a coconut-papaya scent, twenty color tablets, costmetic grade glitter, seven skin-safe soap stickers, and other accessories. Plus, while you are waiting for soap to harden, you will enjoy the added soap-based science experiments! Who knew there was so much to soap?
Snuggle up for your favorite shark documentary with this cool blanket that you can make yourself! With this kit from Alex, you can knot your very own shark blanket. Stitch the shark's face together (made easy with pre-cut, pre-punched felt pieces); then knot the sides together to create a snuggly fleece blanket that you can crawl into for sleepovers, TV watching, and more. Your completed shark blanket measures 42 by 60 inches, including the tail.
It's amazingly easy to create beautiful marbled effects on paper, fabric, and other absorbent materials with this kit from Aitoh! Drip a combination of the six non-toxic marbling inks onto the water's surface, swirl it so the pattern is just right, then lay your material on top to pick up the gorgeous colors. Then, use your marbled material for cards, collages, and more. It’s an ancient art that can be used in all sorts of creative modern ways.
With this set from Klutz, kids can quickly sew adorable teeny-weeny felt food with cheerful faces! Inside the box are instructions, patterns, and materials for more than 18 itty-bitty food items, plus suggestions for coming up with your own designs. Because each treat is so little, they sew up quickly, making them a great option for quick craft time — and no prior sewing experience is necessary. It's a recipe for crafting fun that kids will love!
Turn ordinary stones into beautiful polished gems! This high quality rock tumbler features a rubber barrel that's quieter than many other tumblers, so nothing has to interrupt your polishing. An automatic shutoff timer let you get just the right finish for beautiful results. Plus, it's sturdy enough to last for years! Get started with the 0.5 lb of mixed rough gemstones included in the set, then go rockhounding and polish your own finds.
This set from Royal & Langnickel provides a selection of quality artist's tools inside a very useful storage case! An assortment of pencils, pastels, and charcoals, plus a couple of different sketch books, nest inside this clever chest. When you're at your destination, the chest's lid flips up and locks in place to use as an easel! The sturdy, high-quality case is handy enough that your young artist will use it for years.
Doodling is even more fun in 3D! The 3Doodler Start is a kid-safe 3D pen; by melting plastic that rapidly cools and hardens, allowing kids to "draw" in the air. The starter kit includes a pen, a project booklet, an exclusive DoodleBlock to help you draw shapes, and two packs of biodegradable, non-toxic, BPA-free plastic, but additional pens and additional plastic packs are available so the only limit is your imagination!
It's amazing the things you can do with colored rubber bands! This updated version of the Rainbow Loom that kicked off the rubber band bracelet craze features a sturdier metal hook, designed to hold up to the hours and hours of crafting that these looms get. 600 latex free rubber bands are included, as well as 25 C clips, but be prepared to go hunting for refills. With plenty of fun colors — including metallics, tie-dye, and even glow in the dark — you'll even be tempted to give it a try yourself.
With this innovative paint set from Faber-Castell, kids learn the basics of color and color mixing while having fizzy fun! Add water to make the fizzy paints bubble, and paint it on like watercolors. Guided instructions provide tips for experimenting with new techniques. Plus, handy storage containers let you use your paints again and again. The kit even includes frames and hang tabs to display your work!
Learn to play the drums with this compact electronic kit from Alesis! The CompactKit 4 is a tabletop electronic drumset that lets you play through the speakers or through a pair of headphones. Each of the pads can play 80 different percussion and effect sounds, and they offer a realistic feel for beginning drummers. Use the interactive game and coach modes to teach you; feedback on the LCD screen helps you learn techniques and then play along with dozens of included songs. It even comes with a pair of drumsticks, so you'll have everything you need to get started!
Coloring doesn't have to be for kids — and in fact, many tweens, teens, and adults find coloring elaborate designs a great way to relieve stress and boost creativity. This set from Crayola will get you started doing just that! Twenty-five 11 by 14 inch sheets provide elaborate, detailed pictures to color, from nature scenes to geometric designs. A set of Twistables colored pencils and fine line markers give you plenty of tools to create beautiful art.
Everything you need to draw and sketching is packed into this handy travel case from Castle Art Supplies! A vast selection of drawing and sketching pencils, charcoals, blenders, erasers, and more are tucked inside. Thanks to the handy pop-up design of the case, it's easy to select exactly the tool you need, whether you're dashing off a quick sketch or putting polished details on your work.
Combine crafting with a lesson in feminist icons with this book of cross-stitch patterns by Anna Fleiss and Lauren Mancuso! This book combines capsule biographies of each woman with a cross-stitch portrait. A section at the beginning teaches new cross-stitchers the basics, including how to select quality materials for your celebration of these inspiring women.
Art and math combine in innovative ways with this set! Instead of folding paper to create animals, flowers, and so on, kids will learn folds that allow them to create remarkably complex geometric shapes. A paper crane may be impressive — but so is a compass rose or a lightning bolt octahedron. The set comes with both a manual and a DVD, so kids can see the folds happen in real time. 120 pieces of origami paper are included, but plan on getting more for your eager folder.
Throw the ultimate bash with this awesome, all-inclusive kit from Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye! This party-sized kit contains 14 vibrant dye colors which activate with water only — no need to presoak fabrics with soda ash before dyeing. The dyes are also safe to machine-wash, so they'll stay bright and colorful, especially if you use them on 100% natural fabrics. With plenty of dye, gloves, rubber bands, and more to do up to 36 projects, it's a great choice for the classroom, summer camp, a party, and more!
With this colorful set, kids can try making beautiful sand mandalas, right in the box! The activity pieces slot into the 9 by 9 inch box, and kids peel away small sections at a time, then cover each section with a small amount of sand. Tap out the excess back into the sand container, and then reveal the next section. She'll be making beautiful sand art in no time! Twelve colors of sand and four activity pieces are included.
Inspire your budding painter with this massive set of painting tools! This 133-piece set from US Art Supply includes both aluminum and wood easels; acrylic, oil, and watercolor paints; several high-quality brush sets; a sketch pad and painting pads; several professional-quality stretched canvases; and much more. Together, they provide just about everything she'll need to paint and create for hours!
Young manga and anime fans will love this 12 marker that's perfect for a budding manga artist! These markers are double-ended — chisel tip on one end, fine tip on the other — but use one ink reservoir, so you can be confident colors will match. The rich colors have been selected to match common colors from manga art, and their smooth application and durable tips will have her drawing happily for hours.
Kids can create a beautiful string art unicorn with this kit from Craft-tastic! Inside they'll find everything they need to make two designs on 8.5" canvases — plus fun additional components like glitter paper so they can really make the design their own. Using the easy to follow directions, kids push pins into the bases and wrap string to create a unicorn and a heart design. When they're done, they can display their canvases with pride!
Celebrate one of the great English novels with this beautiful coloring book inspired by Pride and Prejudice! Each page features a quote from the novel, surrounded by intricate patterns and details to color. It also includes a fascinating guide to the Victorian language of flowers. Even the cover gets extra attention with its gold foil accents! It's the perfect choice for any Jane Austen fan.
You don't need paper to make art! Wood burning can create beautiful and detailed images, and with this kit, teens and adults can start learning this traditional craft. The set includes a hot tool with four different points, as well as several basswood plaques, colored pencils, patterns, and transfer paper. Follow the directions step by step (and with adult supervision) to make incredibly elaborate etchings in no time.
You can mix music on your own or with friends with this unique music game from Hasbro! Place DropMix cards onto the board, and a song starts to play; add more cards to mix songs in unexpected ways. Sixty cards are included, featuring hit artists like Bruno Mars, Childish Gambino, Disturbed, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons, Sam Hunt, Sia, The Weeknd, and more. Booster packs of cards are available to add even more songs to your list. Up to four players can participate in three different modes so the music keeps playing all day long!