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The beauty of a kit is that you have everything you need, from supplies to instructions, to start and complete a project. For tweens, craft kits provide an entrypoint to developing a new skill and embracing a new hobby. Not to mention, engaging with the kit can help keep your child occupied—with absolutely no screens required—for a few hours or more. And at the end, after reading and following the instructions, your tween will have made something: a painting, bracelet, knitted item, or so on. Take a look at some recommended kits that’ll keep your tween entertained and learning.
Here, the best craft kits to help your tweens get in touch with their creative side!
Uncommon Goods Cosmic Space Scratch Art Kit
Most likely, your tween feels a bit too mature to be entertained by a box of crayons and a ream of paper. Scratch art offers something different: Colors get revealed when a black coating is removed. It’s artistic and creative, and decidedly out of the ordinary.
With this kit, your tween gets four space-themed illustrations and a special wooden scratch tool that they’ll use to etch through the black and reveal the pictures. The kit also comes with an instruction book.
This gift is ideal for an art-loving tween. Plus, once your child completes the project, they’ll be left with four beautiful pieces of artwork that are suitable for display in their room.
Uncommon Goods Felt Succulents Kit
Older tweens or younger kids who are dexterous and adept at detail work will delight in this felt succulent kit. It’s a great pick for plant lovers, too, since the end result is beautiful, eye-catching succulents made entirely out of felt.
The kit provides all the materials required for this craft project: pre-cut pieces of felt, rubber bands (which help hold the succulents together), adhesive and a frame, and also chalk pastels, which are used to decorate the petals. There are also instructions included with the kit, to steer children through each step of the process.
Klutz Friendship Bracelet Craft Kit
Help your tween discover the timeless joy of making (and gifting) friendship bracelets with this kit. It comes with embroidery floss, beads, a clip, and an instruction book with information on how to start bracelets and design options.
Making friendship bracelets is a project that can be completed relatively quickly, and the bracelets can range in design from a simple stripe to more sophisticated chevron options. Your tween can keep the end results, or gift bracelets to friends.
Wool and The Gang Gracio Bag Beginner Crochet Kit
You can crochet all sorts of projects, from blankets to scarves. Using this kit, your tween can make a mini- and a full-sized bag using the single crochet stitch. This beginner-friendly project will take six hours total, per the manufacturer.
You can select from a wide variety of yarn colors when purchasing. The kit includes the pattern for the bag, a roll or yard, a sewing needle (for the finishing work), and two clasps. If you do not have a crochet hook at home, you can add on the crochet hook for an extra charge. There's enough yarn for a small and a large bag, so after your tween completes their first bag, they can try out their skills again on a second bag.
Stick Together Unicorn Mosaic
Unicorns are the “it” creature these days, and if your child loves them, consider providing this Unicorn sticker mosaic puzzle poster. It comes with a poster grid, color key, instructions, and a whopping 3,996 stickers.
Think of mosaic sticker puzzles as a fun alternative to jigsaw puzzles. These kits are available with a wide range of finished project pictures, from shapes (like snowflakes and hearts) to animals to pixelated versions of famous works of art.
Your child will use these stickers to “paint” using individual pixels. This is no single-day project! Your tween can work solo to complete this puzzle, or do it with friends, siblings, or the entire family.
Vanstek 20 Colors Tie Dye DIY Kit
As with friendship bracelets, tie-dye has a nostalgic appeal. But these days, tie-dye is on trend again, and no longer feels rooted in t-shirts dating back to the 1960s. This kit comes with everything your tween needs to make creative tie-dye designs including 20 colors pre-packed in squeeze bottles, plastic gloves, rubber bands, plastic film, and table covers. (You’ll appreciate the table covers, which will help spare your home from permanent splatters of dye on the furniture.)
Step-by-step instructions with a variety of different kinds of tie-dye designs are also included. All you’ll need to supply is the fabric for the project: A simple white t-shirt can do the trick, but you can also get creative with hats, sweatshirts, and more. Older tweens can tie-dye solo, but this kit is also ideal for doing with siblings or friends, or as a family.
Kenley Candle Making Kit
This kit provides everything you need to make eight candles in covered tins—that includes the tins, wicks, scents, wax, instructions, a pitcher for the wax, and so on. Everything is delightfully packaged—there’s both a gift box and a white bag with the supplies inside.
This is a beginner-friendly kit. Since some steps of the process involve heating up wax, parents may want to supervise tweens during those steps. Your tween can keep—and burn, with supervision—these candles at home, or give them as gifts to friends and family.
Urban Kangaroo Essential Oil Bath Bomb DIY Kit
Making bath bombs is like a small science project for your tween—with an end result that can be used in the tub for a luxurious, relaxing experience.
This bath bomb kit comes with two types of Himalayan salt, citric acid, baking soda, essential oils and grapeseed oil, a sprayer bottle, and molds for the bath bomb, as well as packaging materials, and instructions. The DIY kit is made in the United States.
Creativity for Kids Tropical Terrarium Kit
For tweens with a green thumb or love of plants, share this terrarium kit, which comes with a clear plastic terrarium container, seeds, potting mix and soil, and decorative elements. Once tweens have arranged their terrarium to their satisfaction, they can wait for the seeds to sprout, then tend to the plants—providing water and sunshine.
This is a satisfying and easy project that will give your tween plenty of opportunities to observe as plants sprout and bloom.
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This piece was written by Madeleine Burry, a long-time crafter and project-lover. Before recommending the specific products on this list, she looked for information from customer reviews and brand websites. Craft kits are her go-to present for the younger members in her family, and she’s eyeing several of these kits as potential presents for upcoming birthdays.