There may be nothing like arts and crafts toys to allow kids to unleash their creativity and imagination. Again, this year has brought along a wonderful variety of picks that encourage boys and girls of all ages to do just that — unleash!
Enjoy picking and choosing from the top 10 best kids arts and crafts toys and kits–you might find you have a prodigy on your hands! Even if your little ‘un does not turn out to be artistically-inclined, he or she will still learn about using the imagination and the power of art to inspire, transform, and start conversations.
From string art kits to giant art jars to mini tile options to scrapbooks and beyond, you are sure to find something of interest on this list. There’s even a lip balm “lab” option–how cool is that?! Give your child the chance to explore his/her imagination and creative side…you will not be sorry you did.
What’s here: This fantastic compilation of the 10 best arts and crafts toys and kits for children for the spring and summer months of 2017 was created by real moms and educators who enjoyed these toys/kits themselves or taught them in class. Numerous types and themes of kits are included in the list to keep your youngin’ stimulated.
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String art has been around for quite some time, but we used peg boards and yarn. So this setup is a bit more advanced. There are 3 canvases with pins that push into stencil templates. Or, kiddos create their own.
I bought this for my much-younger sister a few months ago and she absolutely loved how artsy and creative it allowed her to be. There are 6 tubes of colorful, quick-drying gels to make loads of beautiful, crafty window clings.
With winter right around the corner (at this writing), lip balm is a must-have for youngsters prone to dried, cracked, chapped lips. This DIY kit lets kiddos create their own lip balms in four delicious flavors, like vanilla, strawberry, watermelon, and tropical punch.
For little girls who love capturing memories in pictures, drawings, and handwritten pages, this Designer Scrapbook is perfection. Kids use stickers and colorful markers to design their own scrapbook. Then they fill that awesome scrapbook with mementoes and awesome memories.
Lovin’ this Art Studio—mostly because storage is super-simple, since the easel folds away in a few quick, easy snaps. It also goes from a nifty desk for all kinds of artistic mediums, to a chalkboard easel with an eraser.
Button Art is a fun, colorful way for toddlers to hone their hand-eye coordination and creative skills. Kids have a board, complete with several pictures templates, like a dinosaur, ladybug, and truck. Using buttons, they finish up the different pictures.
For crafty girls with love for color-changing strands, Hair Chalk is a temporary, DIY box of washable, safe color pens. Youngsters use the chalks to color their long locks in vibrant hues, like pink and blue. Washes out with shampoo.
I love mosaics, so Mini Tile Art is totally up my alley. This art kit comes with tiles that kids attach their pictures to, then make those pictures magnetic for fridge display. These make awesome gifts for family and friends.
Nail Art is all the rage with fashionable girls, especially with all of the YouTube videos about DIY, at-home manicures. In this kit, kids will find 35 cool designs for their fingernails, like watermelons, Minnie Mouse polka-dots, and cow patterns.
Perhaps my favorite comes in as the final pick of the top ten children’s arts and crafts toys, yet another from the ALEX toy company with their Giant Art Jar.
The Giant Art Jar is exactly what it sounds like. A ginormous, packed-to-full, plastic jar of art supplies. There are pom-poms in all kinds of sparkly colors, crepe paper with fringes, feathers, pipe cleaners, and anything your little artist needs.