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Best Arts and Crafts Gifts for Kids
My children love to do arts and crafts!!
On half days, snow days, Sundays, and any days we’re free, my young artists are doing a craft.
I think it’s great because they are learning awesome skills and using their fine motor skills without even knowing it.
We will paint, color, cut, glue, and assemble all sorts of great pieces of art that make great gift ideas for whole family.
A great gift idea for the creative kids in your life could be a fun art project or cool craft kits.
So, get your kids’ creative juices flowing with some of the best craft supplies and craft gifts out there.
If you want to get the crafty kids in your life a DIY gift for Christmas, check out these awesome craft gifts for kids.
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Why do crafts make great Christmas presents?
1. Crafts make great Christmas presents for kids who have everything.
Many crafts are single use so once the project is complete, the box can get recycled, and you have a new craft to display in your house.
2. Crafts can be an awesome present if you do not want to buy toys.
Giving a child clothes, books, and essentials might be needed more, but crafts are fun and can keep children occupied for hours.
I love giving crafts as gifts to avoid duplicate gifts and to prevent another toy to end up at the bottom of the toy box.
The best arts and crafts gifts can also be great for older kids who do not want toys anymore, but still want art supplies or a simple craft to work on.
3. Crafts can be great to work on hand-eye coordination for young children.
Younger kids can use their little hands in a fun way by putting together crafts or a fun project and making handmade gifts for others.
They can have so much fun creating their works of art and they can make such a special gift that they work hard on.
What are some craft toys for kids?
1. Rock Painting
Rocking painting has been around for a long time, but it used to be just walking around looking for rocks and painting them with a paint palette you own. Now you can purchase kits that include the rocks and all the supplies you could need to paint rocks. Sometimes included supplies consist of rock tattoos, stickers, googly eyes, and more. My younger children love painting their own rocks to give as the best art gifts or keep in their room.
2. Tie Dye
My daughter and I had a great time tie dying shirts, socks, and scrunchies together. She had learned about tie dying online and decided she just needed to try it herself. These tie dying kits include the painting powder in squeeze bottles that just need a little water added to them. They also include rubber bands of different sizes to tie the clothes in different ways, and a list of different tie dye patterns you can try yourself. The bright colors just look awesome on your new clothes and can make beautiful gifts as well.
3. Make Your Own Nightlight
Follow these detailed step-by-step directions with images of each step to learn how to make your very own night light. Anyone can make their very own dinosaur lantern night light, unicorn, and more with these awesome nightlight kits. The battery for the LED light is replaceable and the lantern does not require plugs or wires. Help your child glue the pieces to the inside of the lantern jar with the provided glue. Each kit comes with an LED light and a spare LED light as well, so you get to enjoy your lantern as long as you want. Your child can enjoy this awesome craft every night when they go to bed.
4. Sand Art
As a child, I would do sand art at summer camp and at other extra-curriculars I attended. It was a simpler craft that could be done by kids of all ages and did not require many supplies. Most sand art kits will come with sand in multiple colors, bottles to pour the sand into, a stopper for the bottle, and sometimes a funnel to pour the sand into the bottle. Pour the colorful sand into the bottles in different designs using the provided funnel and place a stopper in the top of the bottle once you have filled the entire bottle with sand. Be careful not to shake your sand art though or all the sand will mix together, and you will lose your awesome design.
5. 3D String Art
Make your very own light-up string-art lantern at home. Start by inflating the provided balloon to give yourself something to wrap the string around. Soak the string in a special glue that will stiffen out the string once dry. While the string is still wet, wrap it around the balloon in fun patterns to give your string art an awesome look. Allow your string to dry and then remove the balloon to reveal a beautiful string-art design you can hang anywhere you would like.
6. Window Art Sun Catcher Kit
A unique new way to make window art sun catchers is by using gemstone stickers. This craft kit provides the SunGemmer Color Guides, 1320 SunGemmer Gemstone Stickers, Double-sided mounting tape, and 2 SunGemmer Window Designs. The guides help show you where to place each gem and are removed to reveal the suncatcher at the end. Place the gemstone stickers in different patterns to create beautiful suncatchers to hang in your windows.
7. Make Your Own Jewelry
If your child, or the child you need to purchase a gift for, loves jewelry, pick up a kit for them to make their own. This kit has everything you need to make your own necklaces, bracelets, clip-on earing, key chains, and more. Simply unscrew the end of the bracelet or necklace to string the beads onto them, and then screw the end cap back on tightly. Enjoy this kit with the beautiful beads included, like the metal beads, beads with dangle, rainbow beads, glass beads, and diamond beads. Use the included beads to make other great pieces of jewelry as well.
8. DIY Magic Bouncy Balls
This awesome craft activity kit is a 3-step science experiment that seems like magic. Kids can make their very own colorful bouncy balls using multicolored magic crystals put into breakaway plastic ball molds. Have your kids assemble the plastic ball molds and fill with the powder in different colors. Submerge them in warm water to harden and then remove to rest for 10 minutes. After the powder has hardened, you will have colorful bouncy balls to play with for hours. Make sure to keep small objects away from young children because the label does state there is a choking hazard.
9. Paint Your Own Character
Similar to painting your own rocks, kids can paint characters from their favorite shows, like Paw Patrol and Bluey. These kits typically include the character statues to paint, paint brushes, paint, and stickers to add details to the characters. Make sure to have your children paint on a covered surface and wear old clothes or a painting smock to prevent ruining any surfaces or clothes with paint. Once they dry, your children can enjoy their new craft by displaying it in their room and anywhere they would like.
10. My First Sewing Kit
Start your child off early learning to sew with this beginners’ sewing art and craft kit. An included reusable box can be used to store all the basic sewing kit materials that are supplied or add their own. This kit is for kids as young as 5 with plastic needle tools and pre-cut shapes and holes to make sewing a safe activity for kids. Give them a chance to make their own bag, ornament, pillow, mini card holder, organizer, and mini rainbow with the provided supplies. They can also follow the instructions to learn how to make a plush craft with supplies you can purchase separately.
11. Paint and Plant Flower Craft Kit
You can paint and plant your own flower garden by following the step-by-step instructions included in this kit. The planter and plant markers included can be painted to give it a unique look. Plant Marigold, Cosmos, and Zinnia flowers in your beautifully decorated planters and label them with the included plant markers. There are no directions on how to paint the planter and the plant markers, so use your imagination to give your flowers a spectacular look.
12. Make Your Own Wind Chime
Give your kids the perfect gift to display around the house. This DIY wind chime kit combines science and arts and crafts for a great project to work on at home. This kit comes with 4 big Terra Cotta Pots, 8 Wind Chime Tubes, 2 Suspension Platforms, 4 Cord Lines, 12 paints, 2 brushes, 10 ceramic beads, 4 stencil sticker sheets, and a detailed instruction booklet and video. Kids can make 2 wind chimes to display outside where they can see it swaying in the wind.
13. Make Your Own Fridge Magnets
Remember when your parents would display your arts and crafts your brought home from school on the fridge. Now you can use your children’s artwork to display their projects by letting them make their own fridge magnets. When I was a child, I made my very own magnet at school with my artwork, so it would have been fun to be able to make my own fridge magnets anytime I wanted. This kit gives kids the chance to make up to 12 of their own magnets using the 11 included designs or they can personalize their own magnets with their own style. Included in this kit is 12 tiles, 8 googly eyes, paint, paint brush, 12 magnets. 8 foam squares, paint palette, glue, and the instructions.
14. Jewelry Dish Making Kit
Pottery is one of the oldest art forms and has been around for thousands of years. Kids can make their very own pottery with this easy-to-follow Craft ‘n Clay kit. Follow the directions to roll out the clay, form it into shapes, paint, and decorate with the included glitter glue and gems. The learning guide makes this craft easy to follow and it can be lots of fun. Kids will be able to use their masterpieces by displaying their jewelry or prized possessions in them in their rooms.
15. Paper Airplanes
Paper Airplanes can be a fun craft to do and there are so many different designs to try. This Klutz 56-page instructional book teaches kids how to make up to 10 different planes. You can use the 40 sheets of custom-designed paper provided in this book to try to make your very own paper airplanes. You can also buy your own paper to continue making as many different planes as you would like. If you want to look for paper airplane folding for beginners, there are paper airplane sheets with dotted lines to follow when folding the paper. Whichever method you choose to go with, making paper airplanes is a great craft for boys and girls of all ages.
Origami paper folding is a thousand-year-old craft, but it can be a fun hobby for kids of all ages. Origami paper kids come with 6x6 paper and traditional Japanese patterns to follow. Some beginner origami kits include dotted lines on the paper to show beginners where to make their folds. It can be very therapeutic and can get kids away from electronics.
17. Galactic Bath Bombs
This hands-on STEAM kit is great for older children who are looking for different ways to learn in a fun and creative way. They can create their very own sparkling bath bombs and learn the science behind how it works. Make your own bath bombs using the supplies, which includes coconut oil, fun-shaped bath bomb molds, pre-made bath bomb mixture, vibrant colors, sweet fragrances, and body glitter. Make sure to follow the illustrated instructions to mix the ingredients and fill the bath bomb molds. Create an awesome color show when you drop your homemade bath bomb into the tub water. A bonus is these bath bombs are free from parabens, phthalates, and harsh chemicals.
18. Crochet Kit
My mom taught me how to crochet at 10 years old and I have been crocheting ever since. She taught me in person, and I have picked up more advanced stitches over time. If you know a child who is interested in crocheting, but doesn't have someone to teach them, this beginner’s crochet art kit is perfect to give them the base they need. This kit includes 2 crochet hooks, 1 plastic needle, and 7 colors of yarn. Kids can follow along with the instruction book to learn all they need to know to get started crocheting. Not only is crocheting a great craft for kids, but it can be a great skill to use later in life as well.
Crafting can be fun for adults and kids of any age.
Whether you purchase a crafting kit or come up with ideas at home with supplies you have, it’s a great way to teach your children skills and spend quality time together.
Craft kits can be awesome gifts for Christmas, birthdays, Easter, and more. They can then turn around and give the crafts they made away as wonderful gifts for Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthday gifts, or any special occasion.
Grab some awesome crafting gifts for the children in your life or to do at home yourself.
What are some craft gifts you like to give to children during the holiday season?
Are there any crafts in our list you love?
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