Whether you’re looking for a fun birthday party activity or you simply have a young artist on your hands that just has to keep creating, arts and crafts kits are the perfect answer. The best craft kits for kids not only encourage creativity, develop physical coordination skills, and build personal confidence, but they are also one of the most affordable ways to keep your kid gleefully entertained for hours, days, or even weeks at a time.
Most of these kits come with everything you need, however we do recommend that you have additional art supplies on hand just in case you break something in the kit. We also recommend getting an art easel for any of the painting related craft kits below, as things can get a little messy without one!
From popsicle stick flowers to glitter-encrusted pictures and paintings, craft kits are taking some of our favorite activities from yesteryear and introducing them to a new generation in a big and exciting way. Our team has just completed a deep dive into the best arts and crafts kits on the internet, and now we’re ready to present you with our curated list of the top 20.
Build & Paint Wooden Cars Kit
Sadly it seems like wooden car derbies are not as common as they used to be, and we think that’s a shame. Every kid should have an opportunity to experience the joy and thrill of creating their very own wooden car racer. They should also be able to decorate it in a way that makes it unique to them … so that everybody at the race will be able to know whose car has ripped into the lead. This kit comes with the parts required to build and paint three different race cars, so you can imagine how this could be the perfect activity kit for that weekend sleepover. Also included are a set of cool stickers that will add even more style to the racers. We can only assume that the flame stickers will make it go faster!
Create Your Own Window Art
One great way to add a bit more light to your kids life is by letting them decorate the windows of your house in creative ways that aren’t going to ruin your property value. Made from the folks at Made By Me, the window art kit includes everything needed to make 20 different window art creations, including, stickers, suction cups, stained glass coloring, and more. Whether you are looking for a rainy day activity or something that kids can do at a birthday party, this window kit is the way to go. The fact that it is only about ten bucks is also a big selling point. In fact it’s cheap enough that you should probably go ahead and order one of the refill kits so the fun can keep going.
Design Your Own Bracelets
There are two things that we absolutely love about the Melissa & Doug Design Your Own Bracelet set. The first is that it is made by Melissa & Doug, who have developed a reputation for making some of the best and more reliable kids toys on the market. The second is that this kit provides a fun activity that is really, really simple to pull off. Kids will choose from one of the included bracelet templates and then load it up with fun, sparkly stickers to make it their very own. That means no mess, no clean up, and no chance of anyone being injured. There are over 100 stickers in all, which means that there is a lot of fun to be had, all for less than five bucks.
Fashion Headbands Craft Kit
The folks at Creativity for Kids have a ton of awesome products in their line, but this one might just be our favorite. The Fashion Headbands Craft Kit comes with everything needed to make 10 different head band hair accessories, decorated with feathers, butterflies, flowers, rhinestones, and much more. The fact that there are 10 different headband templates in this kit makes it a great idea for parties and gatherings, or, you can let your kid have at it and create a set of hair bands that they can rotate through on a regular basis. This is the winder of the Mon’s Choice Award,, and frankly it is pretty easy to see why.
Glow In The Dark Rock Painting Kit
The craft masters at Creativity For Kids have been putting out colorful and wholesome for the last decade, and just about every one of them has become an instinct best seller. These super affordable kits can turn any afternoon into a creative adventure. The kit itself comes with 10 different smooth rocks that are ready to be painted with whatever wonderful design your kids can come up with. All of the included paint is non-toxic, and it has the added benefit of glowing in the dark! Every rock that they create will be a perfectly unique expression of their individuality, and don’t be surprised if more than one of them end up on your desk or at the office.
Kinetic Sand Sculpting Kit
There is something so much and interesting about Kinetic Sand that cannot simply be described. Once you put this stuff in your hands you will know what we’re talking about. While this stuff feels just like the sand you would find at the beach, it is also sculptable in a way that even wet sand isn’t. Kinetic Sand is designed to hold its shape for as long as you want it to, allowing your kids to create castles, sculptures, and, well, just about anything that their little minds can come up with. The Kinetic Sand carrying case doubles as a play box that helps keep all the sand in one place. Also included are a few different tools and forms that will make the creation process even easier.
Mermaid Shrinky Dinks
Kids these days likely don’t yet know the joy of Shrinky Dinks, a kids arts and crafts activity that has been around for quite some time. The concept behind Shrinky Dinks is that kids can have a pleasant way to spend a day indoors by coloring mermaid and sea creature-shaped figurines. Then the figurines are placed briefly in an oven by a supervising adult, and the plastic material shrinks and hardens. The result is a long-lasting, custom colored figurine that your kid can keep on their dresser, in their toy box, or even in their school backpack as a portable companion. This is one of the easiest crafts out there, and is sure to please all sorts of kids.
Mold Your Own Stepping Stones
Out of all the craft kits and project sets on our list, the Mold Your Own Stepping Stones kit from Made By Me might be one of the most unique, and it is sure to be one of the most memorable experiences for your kid or children. This kit lets kids mix their own “cement”, pour it into one of the included decorative molds, and then watch as the mold dries into a hard, 7” stepping stone. From there they can use the included paints, stickers, and jewels to create fun designs to take their creations to the next level. Parents who want to preserve their kid’s artistic stepping stones can simply apply some exterior varnish and keep it protected from the elements for years to come, possibly creating a keepsake that will last a lifetime.
Original Rainbow Loom
Winner of the 2014 Toy of the Year Award, the original Rainbow Loom is back and better than even with a model that emulates all the classic fun of this awesome weaving toy. This kit allows kids to weave plastic rubber bands into complex shapes, creating bracelets, rings, charms, necklaces, action figures, and much, much more. The hands-on nature of this kit make it a great activity to get out all that nervous indoor energy, and it leads to cool toys that your kids can continue to play with long after the activity is over. It also happens to be a great way for a child to naturally improve their coordination and motor skills.
Peel & Stick Mosaic Activity
One day, your kid might grow up to be one of the great physical artists of our time, using brightly colored glass fragments to create wonderful, eye catching mosaic works of art. Until that time however, it might be a better idea to get them something a little bit safer, easier, and best of all, cheaper. The Peel & Stick Mosaics from ALEX Toys is one of the easiest activities on our list, appropriate for kids as young as three. It comes with five different picture templates and almost 1000 stickers, making it possible to absolutely go nuts with fun stickers and create memorable works of art in the process.
Popsicle Stick Art Craft Kit
It is the same today as it was in our childhood: popsicle sticks are one of the most fun and versatile ways to occupy a child for hours at a time. The Pop Stick Art Craft Kit from ALEX Toys comes with not only the craft sticks needed to get started, but also a bunch of stickers, a ton of paper shapes, a glue stick, and a colorful instruction book that can help younger kids learn how to make fun creations like animals and flowers. There are 7 pre-designed projects inside the instruction book, or, you can let your kid go wild with their imagination and create whatever they can dream of.
Princess Necklace Activity Kit
If there is one thing that is never going out of style for kids, it is going to be the magical world of Disney Princess. For decades, children all over the world have looked up to these Princesses as role models and friends, and now, they have the opportunity to share their support for their very favorite one by making a beaded necklace in honor of one of these beautiful ladies. There are five princesses to choose from, as a well as a number of different colored cords and a whole bunch of fun plastic beads. The activity is simple, but the reward is a cool necklace that they will likely be wearing every day for a year. This is another great product for the weekend sleepover party, birthday party, or even just a rainy afternoon.
Ready, Set, School Craft Kit
For younger children, the idea of going off to school can be more than a little intimidating, and indeed it can be the same for parents. The Ready, Set, School Craft Kit is designed to offer younger children a fun, colorful, and educational look into what school is going to be like. This kit explores such topics as tying your shoe, writing with the alphabet, and a lot more. All if its lessons and skills are taught with the help of stickers, stencils, crayons, and a 15-page activity book that will keep them busy for days on end. From reading and math skills to physical coordination, the Ready, Set, School Craft Kit is a great way to give your child a head start on their ongoing educational journey.
Sand Art DIY Kit
Without a doubt, the Create Your Own Sand Art Kit by Horizon Group is one of the grooviest art gifts on our list. These bright colors and visceral, hands-on activities are the perfect way to not only keep a child entertained, but also unleash their untapped potential as a creative person. The kit includes 4 different clear bottles in fun shapes, as well as 2 bottles that can be worn on the end of a necklace. Then there is all that colorful sand (8 colors in total) and a plastic funnel to help with the pouring. This is not the kind of kit that will be tossed aside once it is completed; rather, your child will have made something beautiful that they will want to keep in their room for years to come.
Sprinkle Art Shaker
It is safe to say that almost every one of us adults participate in this activity as kids, where you make a fun drawing with glue and then you splash it with colorful glitter to bring the image out in an amazing way. That is the basic concept behind the Sprinkle Art Shaker from Crayola, with a few small tweaks that make it better and safer than it ever has been before. The included glue tubes are specifically designed for drawing, making it easy to create even complex shapes and designs. It also comes with 12 different project sheets loaded with pictures and designs that can get your kid started. Or, they can insert a blank piece of craft paper and create something that is truly unique!
String Art – Bird Edition
When you see string art these days, it usually involves hammers, nails, and wood in order to create a sturdy template for the string to hang on to. The Craft-Tastic String Art Kit takes this concept and redesigns it for younger creators, utilizing push pins and a foam board backing for a safe and easy construction. The pre-patterned foam bases will make it easy for your kid to create their choice of three different bird-shaped patterns, or they can skip the template altogether and create their very own. Also included is 60 yards of colorful thread … truly everything needed for a creative afternoon.
Tie-Dye Party Supplies
Here is a party activity that is never going out of style: creating your own colorful t-shirt designs with the magic of Tie-Dye. This kit makes it easy for 6 people to create their own stunning designs … each one perfectly unique and unlike any other on the planet. The process is simple, and only uses rubber bands and save, non-toxic color dyes. All you need to do is supply the t-shits and then add water to the concentrated color cartridges, and then voila! You’ll have what is essentially an afternoon party in a box, and all for less than thirty bucks.
Unicorn Pillow DIY Craft Kit
There is no denying that every kid loves unicorns, so it follows that one of the best ways to make a kid happy would be to give them their very own unicorn companion in pillow shape. This unique and innovative craft kit from Made By Me lets kids customize their magical friend with a glittery horn, strips of rainbow colored fleece, glittery stickers, and more. This is a fun project that doesn’t take very long to complete, but at the end of it your child will have their very own colorful unicorn pillow that they can keep for as long as they would like.
Wikki Stix Traveler Playset
They’re bendable, they’re stickable, they’re colorful, but best of all, they are super affordable. Kids love Wikki Stix because of the boundless creative opportunities that they create. You can either use one of the many included templates to create colorful pictures, or, bring Wikki Stix into a different project altogether, using their unique peel and stick nature to brighten up any craft or activity. There are 144 Wikki Stix included in this cool travel playset, making it possible to give your child a quiet, engaging activity no matter where you are, from the doctor’s office to the back of the car on a long road trip. Everything is made from non-toxic food grade wax, so you know that unlike some craft kits, this one is completely and totally safe for kiddos.
Tissue Art Craft Activity
If you’ve spend any significant amount of time shopping online for kids craft kits lately, then you have probably run into the ALEX Toys brand more than just a few times. These guys are absolutely killing it with their super-affordable, super-fun craft kits for kids, and the My Tissue Art Project Kit is only the latest in their ongoing line of excellent toys. By applying crumbled tissue paper squares to sticky project cards, kids have the opportunity to create a colorful, textured art design all on their own. The kit includes 6 different design templates, as well as all the tissue paper squares needed for a ton of fun arts and crafts time.