One way I love to give gifts to kids without just giving more “stuff” is with craft kits. Not just kits where kits put together a pre-determined item that quickly gets junked. No, I mean real crafting kits that help children learn a particular skill set! Skill building craft kits for kids make great gift ideas! Here are a few of my favorites for the 6 and up crowd!
Craft kits for kids make great gift ideas!
Paper Chain Craft Kit – eeBoo
Ages 5+. This kit requires nothing but the papers inside. Each paper is notched and slit so the piece slot together with no glue or scissors needed. Detailed illustrations pattern each sturdy paper and the papers included can make a chain up to twenty-four feet long! Various themes are available: Animal, Valentine, Holiday, Birthday, and more! Perfect for party decor!
Soap and Sandstone Carving Kits
These kids often come with precut shapes make a starting point for carving. Kids draw the animal on the front of the stone and begin to carve away and smooth the stone using several tools provided in the kit. Online videos provide how-to’s for beginning carvers. Definitely for ages 6+, or try a soap carving kit with a wooden “knife” for younger crafters.
Get kids a pack of 10 Ivory soap bars and a book on soap carving and let them chisel away over a bowl. Save the soap shavings for the bath later!
Beeswax Candle Rolling Kit – HearthSong
Ages 5+. Simply roll up a candle with one sheet, then cut out designs from other colorful beeswax sheets and press onto the rolled candle. It doesn’t get much simpler. The beeswax sheets have a yummy sweet smell to them, and the materials provided can make between 12-24 candles depending on the size you make them. Hand-rolled beeswax candles are also perfect gifts for children to give to the grown-ups in their life!
Felting Treats Kit – Lab Rat Gifts
Ages 8+. I loved experimenting with this kit! Felting is going to be my new favorite calming activity! Provided are felting needles, thread, felting forms, decorations, and many colored balls of wool roving. A detailed instruction guide provides information about how and why wool fibers “felt” and how to create many sweet confections! Use these felted treats for play or to make hair-pieces or clothing clips and badges. Kids get to work with natural wool fibers, and this kit may just be the start of a lifetime of felting happiness! The felting needles are very sharp, so supervision and instruction will be needed before this can be an independent project.
Monster Sewing Kit – Lab Rat Gifts
Ages 8+. Sewing is a skill for everyone! At some point, your kids may need to repair a rip, replace a button, or fix a hem. Learning sewing skills by crafting these crazy little monsters is a fun way to get started! Fabrics, thread, felt pieces, and other accessories are included, along with a detailed instruction guide. Scissors will have to be provided and therefore children should be highly supervised with this project. As with all the Lab Rat Gift projects, the box with cool rope handle makes a perfect storage container for works-in-progress.
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What are your favorite craft kits for kids?
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Thanks to eeBoo, Magic Cabin, and Lab Rat Gifts for providing products for this post. All opinions are my own!