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Best Overall: Kid Made Modern Smarts and Crafts Case at Amazon
"Have a kid who's ready to flex their creative muscles? This kit has a few types of crafts to help them find what they like."
Runner-Up, Best Overall: Alex Toys Pet Rock Turtle at eBay
"A great rainy-day activity or gift to spark a child’s creativity."
Best Stickers: Melissa & Doug Reusable Sticker Pad at Amazon
"These sticker books are a great way to spark your child's imagination without handing over small or messy materials."
Best for Preschoolers: Vorey Sponge Painting Brush Kit at Amazon
"Each kit provides lots of ways to learn and explore shapes, practice letters, and explore patterns."
Best for Elementary Schoolers: Darice Premium Art Set at Amazon
"An art set like this one encourages creativity and allows children to experiment with how different media create color."
Best for Tweens: Rainbow Loom Crafting Kit at Amazon
"A must-have for tweens who want to craft, this kit lets them make things they can use, give to friends, and show off."
Best for Teens: Creativity Tropical Terrarium Kit at Amazon
"Teens can craft their own terrarium for their bedroom with this one-part whimsical, one-part stylish DIY kit."
Best for the Whole Family: Elmer’s Galaxy Slime Starter Kit at Amazon
"Playing with slime is fun, no matter what age you are, and this kit gives you plenty of opportunities to craft your own mixture."
Best Origami Kit: Creativity for Kids Origami at Amazon
"This craft kit helps build patience, encourage spatial thinking, and encourage focus—skills that are as useful for kids as adults."
Best Overall: Kid Made Modern Smarts and Crafts Case
For kids, arts and crafts are all about thinking creatively and exploring color and texture, all while fine-tuning motor skills. As proud as children are of their final product, young ones will also enjoy the process of creating art: the feel of fuzzy or prickly chenille stems between their fingers, the snip when they cut through different materials and the pleasure dipping their hands into a tub of colorful pompoms, sequins or beads to pick the just-right one for the current project. For maximum creativity, look for a kit with a variety of kid-friendly materials and no rules, like this kit one for kids ages 3 and up, which includes everything from beads to felt to chenille stems and kid-safe scissors. This kit makes a great gift for a young one who’s ready to flex her creative muscles!
Runner-Up, Best Overall: Alex Toys Pet Rock Turtle
Kids love quirky items they can make to keep or give as gifts, and this pet rock turtle is a silly addition to a bedroom, garden or family room. The kit (recommended for kids 8 and older) comes with a turtle-shaped rock, paints and a paintbrush to personalize it however they want — pretty, silly, even Ninja-style! It’s a great rainy-day activity or gift to spark a child’s creativity.
Best Stickers: Melissa & Doug Reusable Sticker Pad
If handing over glue, glitter, and markers to your three-year-old starts to bring your heart rate up, give them a creative way to express themselves with these reusable sticker kits from Melissa and Doug. These reusable kits come in a variety of themes, but these two—animals and vehicles—are great for sparking your child's imagination. Not only are they setting a scene, they can also tell stories and learn to identify different animals and vehicles by name.
Best for Preschoolers: Vorey Sponge Painting Brush Kit
Kids start exploring paint with their fingers, but once they’re a little more sophisticated, they love using tools to manipulate the color. This craft kit provides lots of way to learn and explore shapes, practice letters, and explore patterns. Kids will love interacting with their favorite paint (not included) in a new way by rolling on designs, stamping patterns and letters and brushing it on with tools of different sizes and shapes.
Best for Elementary Schoolers: Darice Premium Art Set
Once your child has mastered the basic coloring and painting skills, it’s fun for them to explore different ways to play with color using different materials — and a kit that’s jam-packed with markers, crayons, oil pastels, colored pencils and more will certainly wow them! This one comes in its own carrying case for easy storage between uses or to bring on a road trip, to grandma’s house or just outside to work on a drawing on a beautiful day. This popular art kit encourages creativity and allows children to experiment with how different media create color.
Best for Tweens: Rainbow Loom Crafting Kit
If your kid hasn’t hit their rainbow loom phase, it’s only a matter of time! This crafting phenomenon is just as popular with boys as girls and is used to create dimensional art, from accessories and backpack charms to artwork and toys using tiny colored rubber bands. This kit includes more than 600 colored bands and 24 clips to spark their creative juices. Plus, you can purchase extra accessories like stickers and clips to further personalize their art. Overall, it’s a must for a tween (ages 10-13) who wants to craft with friends and make things they can use and show off.
Best for Teens: Creativity Tropical Terrarium Kit
By the time kids are in high school (this kit is for ages 12 and up), they’re looking for ways to express their creativity without seeming too childish. This terrarium is a sophisticated kit with just a touch of whimsy, so it’s not too grownup for a parent to approve of. The terrarium mixes activities like gardening, sand art and decorating to create a beautiful space to grow plants within your child's own room. The trendy design will make them feel cool among their peers, too.
Best for the Whole Family: Elmer’s Galaxy Slime Starter Kit
Whether you’re 5, 15 or 45, slime is addictive! Though this gooey, stringy substance has been a staple in chemistry classes for decades, a quick search on Pinterest will show that it’s crazy-popular as an interactive craft. Slime can be tweaked to work for any season by adding beads, different colored glitter, or other accessories. This glitter slime kit includes three shades of glitter glue, the most important ingredient in slime, with instructions to make it. Save this craft for a rainy afternoon—it’s just as fun to make as it is to play with afterwards, and if your kids are careful with their slime, it can last for weeks as a fun toy to manipulate, gross out siblings with, and more. All in all, this is a surefire hit as a gift or a surprise activity for the next time someone says “I’m bored!”
Best Origami Kit: Creativity for Kids Origami
Origami, the ancient Japanese art of folding paper, is as soothing for kids as it is for experienced adults. Better for older kids who can fold with precision or younger ones who can work with an adult, origami is not only a fun way to manipulate paper and see what you can create, but also a good way to challenge spatial thinking and teach patience. Beyond colorful papers in kid-friendly patterns, this kits includes add-ons like sticker animal features and string to take their folded creations to the next level.