Best Craft Kits for Kids

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Are you a crafty family? My girls are! But, it seemed when they were younger they only really enjoyed making things I could do with them. And, that’s fine. I am really glad they are crafty girls, and I fully support the things they enjoy doing.

Now, I know they’re much older they enjoy making things themselves (and on their own!). It’s so cool to see their growing independence and ongoing enthusiasm for new projects!

In this post I’ve compiled a list of the best craft kits for kids and general craft activities for kids that my girls love doing.

NameCategoryProduct
Shrinky Dinks Cool Stuff Activity Set Kids Art and Craft ActivityBest OverallShrinky Dinks Cool Stuff Activity Set Kids Art and Craft Activity
My First Origami Kit:Budget PickMy First Origami Kit:
Klutz Lego Chain Reactions Science & Building KitUpgrade PickKlutz Lego Chain Reactions Science & Building Kit

1. Shrinky Dinks Cool Stuff Activity Set Kids Art and Craft Activity

Our rating: 9 / 10

Shrinky Dinks Cool Stuff Activity Set Kids Art and Craft Activity

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Pros:

  • An awesome way to get creative
  • Can be used over and over again
  • Comes with 30 sheets, 30 colored pencils, and free online video instructions
  • Three times bigger than any other brand
  • Comes with an outside storage tin
  • Three levels of shrinkage for different effects
  • 100% customer satisfaction guaranteed

Cons:

  • Not as durable as other products
  • The colored pencils are not very good
  • Some customers received their order with broken sheets and extra cheap colored pencils
  • There is no shop to personally go to

The Shrinky Dinks Cool Stuff Activity Fun Set is the best kids craft kit on the market. There is a large variety of different Shrinky Dinks projects for kids to make. The popularity of this brand has sky rocketed recently due to the new products that the company is coming out with.

What I like about this product is there are three levels of shrinkage to choose from. This allows your kids to vary the size of the project and make them into really big projects or little projects for ornaments.

2. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Mega Slime Kit & Putty Lab

Our rating: 9 / 10

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Mega Slime Kit & Putty Lab

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Pros:

  • 4 Edition Kit with 4 Fun New Slime and Putty!
  • Slime Kit For Kids 7 Years & Up and Putty Kit For Kids 6 Years & Up
  • One Putty Provides Many Hours of Play
  • Slime Is Super Sticky! (Much Sticky Than Slime)
  • Kit With 4 Slime & 4 Putty Makes Slime Sticks Easy to Create
  • Perfect Kid’s Gift, 4 Products In 1 Kit
  • Slime Kit Includes 1 Funnel Set For Easy Slime Making, 24 Pack of Ingredient Cards & More
  • Putty Kit Includes 1 Putty Laboratory Jar, 82 Pack of Putty Experiment Cards
  • Slime Kit Doesn’t Contain Borax, As Shown in the Video
  • Putty Kit Has 3 Putties, 1 Jar, 24 Experiment Cards

3. Alex Discover Paper Bag Puppets Kids Art and Craft Activity

Our rating: 9 / 10

Alex Discover Paper Bag Puppets Kids Art and Craft Activity

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Pros:

  • Cool way to eliminate boredom and get your kids to focus in on a craft activity
  • Good for ages 4 to 8
  • Great for 1-on-1 playtime or classroom activities

Cons:

  • Brown paper bag is a little flimsier than store purchased paper bags
  • Easy for little kids to rip the puppets off of the cardboard body
  • No instructions with it, so this may be frustrating for the younger kids

While the age recommendation is 3 to 8, the younger kids will enjoy this art and craft kit. Especially when their older siblings are working in the art room with this kit.

This kit is a great way to spend a rainy afternoon with the kids. It is with some imagination, family time, and togetherness that kids can emerge from their upstairs bedrooms, basement machines, and screen time to create fun puppets for a rainy day.

The older kids will love this and find it to be a creative art project, while the little kids can really create with this.

4. Crayola All That Glitters Art Case Coloring Set

Our rating: 9 / 10

Crayola All That Glitters Art Case Coloring Set

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Pros:

  • Fun gift set
  • Perfect for kids 5+
  • Fun for 2+ kids
  • Great for road trips

This Crayola box comes with pre-cut shapes and fun glitter glue in a cute carrying case, so kids can feel like artists on the go.

The sturdy carrying box makes it easy to take these fun art supplies when you travel.

5. Melissa & Doug Heart Fleece Blanket No-Sew Craft Kit

Our rating: 9 / 10

Melissa & Doug Heart Fleece Blanket No-Sew Craft Kit

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If you’re looking for a fun craft for your children, this could be a great option. It’s simple to make, a great place for beginners to start, and produces a beautiful looking finished product to display in their room.

The kit itself comes with a pre-glued applique heart shape and a fleecy heart. It also comes with fleece in six pretty colors. The colors, however, are not necessarily the best in quality. You do get what you pay for with fleece.

The kit is described as a no-sew craft kit, which makes me question whether it would actually be considered no-sew. You will need an iron in order to iron the fabric onto the heart.

6. Melissa & Doug Paint & Decorate Your Own Wooden Magnets Craft Kit

Our rating: 9 / 10

Melissa & Doug Paint & Decorate Your Own Wooden Magnets Craft Kit

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Pros:

  • Fun for kids of any age
  • Easy to use craft kits
  • Comes with everything you need
  • Great price
  • Quality

Cons:

  • You must buy crayons separately
  • Not for children under 3

Butterflies, Worms, and Ladybugs.

7. Creativity for Kids Enchanted Fairy Garden Craft Kit

Our rating: 8 / 10

Creativity for Kids Enchanted Fairy Garden Craft Kit

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Pros:

  • Promotes independence and self-confidence
  • Fun for all ages
  • Delightful detailed instructions
  • Craft kit includes everything you need to complete project (except sand).
  • Learn about different types of plants, animals, insects, and more.
  • You can develop your children's interest with the Fairy Garden Craft Set. The set contains detailed, easy-to-follow instructions.
  • Can be used for science, art, and craft projects.

Cons:

  • Some users received broken pieces, but the company has good customer service.

Garden Fairy Kit

If you're searching for the best kits for childen, look no further. This charming fairy garden kit includes everything you and your kids need to complete the project.

It will provide you with an opportunity to teach a child how to sow the seeds, maintain the garden, and even care for the animals you will create to live there. If your child is creative, he or she will be interested in this kit.

8. Klutz Lego Chain Reactions Science & Building Kit

Our rating: 8 / 10

Klutz Lego Chain Reactions Science & Building Kit

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The Klutz chain reaction science kit examines a number of real-life engineering principles in a fun and creative way. It’s an excellent tool to both help kids learn while having fun at the same time. This fantastic building set comes with over 65 plastic, interlocking parts and Lego colored connectors.

The Klutz Chain Reactions building kit is recommended for kids 8 years old and up. The kits do include sharp pieces of plastic so proper supervision is a must.

9. Made By Me Build & Paint Your Own Wooden Cars by Horizon Group Usa

Our rating: 8 / 10

Made By Me Build & Paint Your Own Wooden Cars by Horizon Group Usa

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Pros:

  • Relaxes, Provides a Sense of Achievement and Creativity
  • Improves Fine Motor Skills, Hand-Eye Coordination and Motor Skills
  • Generates Imagination, Fun and Creativity
  • Promotes Hand-Eye Coordination
  • Stimulates Mental Ability
  • Improves Fine Motor Skills

Cons:

  • Requires All Parts To Be Assembled (Either Parent or Child)
  • Paint Colors Not Guaranteed To Match The Picture
  • A little paint can get on your hands while playing with these.
  • Instructions are in Chinese and require some translation skills.
  • Some people have difficulties assembling the kit.

DIY Model Cars, For Kids Ages 6 And Up, Boys & Girls, Boys Toys.

10. Make Your Own DIY Bouncy Ball Craft Kit

Our rating: 8 / 10

Make Your Own DIY Bouncy Ball Craft Kit

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Pros:

  • Up to 75 balls
  • Easy to follow instructions
  • Includes 25 bouncy rice balls
  • Award-winning product

Cons:

  • Batteries required
  • Not "just like" the bouncy balls you can get at the store

If you're looking for an alternative to throwing a party in the traditional sense, have your child and their friends create bouncy balls and celebrate with a bouncy ball themed party. With this kit, you get everything you need. Kits can create between 30 and 75 balls depending on how much mix you use.

This kit includes everything you need to create bouncy balls. You supply the mix. The balls are a light, purple color (not bright, obnoxious green like regular bouncy balls). You can have a lot of fun bouncing them around the house, and they even make a decent bath toy. Perhaps the biggest drawback is that these balls do not bounce as high as ones you'll find at the store.

The balls themselves are bouncy, but they are a bit smaller, so they don't bounce as fast. If you have energetic party guests, they tend to bounce a little too fast and far away and be difficult to respond.

11. Fairy Lantern Craft Kit

Our rating: 8 / 10

Fairy Lantern Craft Kit

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Pros:

  • Fine motor skills will be developed
  • Preparation is relatively easy
  • Fun to assemble and looks great as a finished product
  • If you buy multiple sets, you can create new combinations
  • Can be used as night lights
  • Provides hours of entertainment
  • There’s a good range of lantern designs
  • You can even make this with children around. It’s perfect for rainy days when the kids are stuck inside.
  • Can be expanded with other kits

12. My First Origami Kit:

Our rating: 6 / 10

My First Origami Kit:

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Pros:

  • Loads of fun, great instructions
  • Durable and reusable, bright colors, appealing projects

13. Li'l-Gen Magnetic Tile and Rock Painting Kit

Our rating: 6 / 10

Li'l-Gen Magnetic Tile and Rock Painting Kit

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Pros:

  • Easy to set up and simple for kids to use
  • Could be used in the bathtub
  • Plastic pieces are durable and don’t break easily
  • Fun for siblings to do together
  • Low cleanup
  • Educational
  • Great for Art projects
  • Great for birthday party gifts

Cons:

  • Expensive, considering you get only 10 pieces and don’t get as many different colors of paint as you’d like
  • Set may seem too small for some kids

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What should be included in a crafting kit?

Are the patterns visually appealing to your child?

Does the kit contain all of the materials?

Is the kit for an age-appropriate level?

Does the kit contain instructions?

Does the kit have suggested activities?

Does the kit have additional projects/patterns?

What is the easiest craft to learn?

The easiest DIY projects are the ones where you are not making a physical object. For example, Lego rubber band balls are super easy. All you have to do is wrap rubber bands around a bunch of Lego blocks so that they stick. Glue hands are also pretty simple to make. You just make a fist from Playdoh or foam and secure it to another object. You can also make hand puppets out of clay or any other material.

The hardest crafts are ones where you have to make a physical object. For instance, a tissue paper rose is not easy to make. It is hard to keep the petals on the stem and you will probably end up with a few petals on the floor.

As for items that can be made without sewing, I like to make felt finger puppets. You stick an index finger in the felt and sew 2 inches of the sides. It is that easy!

What can I make crafty at home?

There are specific types of craft kits you can get. Some are better at teaching younger people how to draw or paint well, and some just seem to have a higher quality than others.

Each craft really has its own unique set of materials and tools to be used. Of course you need a hot glue gun/glue sticks, but most of the crafts don’t require any tools at all. Making a dream catcher, a soap saver, a boomerang or a valentine-message-in-a-letter all require nothing more than some scissors. It’s a good idea to have some basic school supplies around, but the vast majority of crafts only need items such as glitter (and a glitter-catcher), pipe-cleaners, straws, colored paper and tissue paper, feathers, yarn, feathers, stickers, sequins, and other things of that sort.

Popular crafts are the cute ones. Of course everybody loves embroidering their own shoes and making a bracelet from toilet paper, but there are other fun projects that don’t seem as insane.

Conclusion

The simple fact is that art and crafts shouldn’t be limited to just adults. We believe this is a different way of looking at the world. That’s why we’ve come up with a lineup of the best reviewed arts and crafts sets in the market. We’ve gone the extra mile, and have created a wide-ranging selection of arts and crafts products that are both fun and exciting.

Our Recommendation

NameCategoryProduct
Shrinky Dinks Cool Stuff Activity Set Kids Art and Craft ActivityBest OverallShrinky Dinks Cool Stuff Activity Set Kids Art and Craft Activity
My First Origami Kit:Budget PickMy First Origami Kit:
Klutz Lego Chain Reactions Science & Building KitUpgrade PickKlutz Lego Chain Reactions Science & Building Kit