Gift Guide: Arts and Crafts for Kids

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If you have a kid who loves arts and crafts, sometimes it can seem daunting to find just the right gift.  There are so many creative options out there these days, and it’s sometimes tough to get a feel for what your kid might really enjoy.  To that end, I’ve put together a gift guide of arts and crafts for kids.  I’ll cover some things you can buy locally or online, supplies you may want to stock up on, and finally how to make your own arts and crafts box for hours of imaginative crafting.

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Arts and Crafts Products You Can Buy

Although I’m a fan of repurposing things around the home for arts and crafts, there are some things I’ve found worth purchasing.  I’m sure there are more things I’ve acquired for my toddler’s arts and crafts time… but these should get you started so far as items I consider essential for our home for when my little Van Gogh wants to go to town.  All the product #afflinks below will open in new windows for your convenience.

Gift Guide: Arts and Crafts for Kids ...plus 50 Items to include in your arts + crafts bin! - BPhotoArt.comCraft Supplies – various craft supplies that are geared towards kids are often fun.  Here are some suggestions of things we use (that still allow for open-ended creating:

Craft Kits – sometimes kids like to work by the book, so to speak.  And that’s when a kit comes in handy.  Here are some kits that I think are pretty neat:

Art Travel Easel – we gave this to my son last year as a gift, and it has seen much use.  The portable art kit has two drawers for art supplies, a white board, a chalk board, and props open for use as a table-top easel.  It can also be used as a lap desk.

Learning Tower – this is a must; we do a lot of our crafting in the kitchen and I love how the learning tower allows my son to stand and work at the counter with me.  The railing keeps him secure, and he can climb up and down as needed; my toddler can even slide this around the kitchen to get supplies since I put felt pads on the bottom of the learning tower.

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Art Easel – We were gifted an art easel similar to this one when my oldest son was not quite big enough to use it.  I love the dual sided nature of the easel, the holder for a roll of art paper, and the fact that the easel can be made taller as your kids get bigger.  We ended up storing bins of art supplies on the shelf under the easel.  If you’re not an easel fan, you might check out this artist table, which incorporates many of the same features into a flat-topped workspace for kids.

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Artist’s Smock – these are essential for younger children if you’re at all concerned about keeping the mess off your kid’s clothes.  We have one or two like this that came with our easel.  Or, you can go the old fashioned route and wear some of dad’s cast-off work shirts.  Whatever works!

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How to Make an Arts and Crafts Box

Finally, there is nothing better than gifts that inspire open-ended play.  Last year we made an arts and crafts box for my toddler, stocked with everything you could think of.  It was a huge hit.  Want ideas for making one of your own?  Here are 50 different things you could include, depending on what is age appropriate for your child:

  1. buttons
  2. assorted pony beads
  3. tube of glitter
  4. glue sticks
  5. construction paper
  6. empty toilet paper tubes
  7. q-tips
  8. cotton balls
  9. assorted stickers
  10. multi-colored tissue paper
  11. cardboard shapes
  12. pencils
  13. pencil sharpener
  14. crayons
  15. paint brushes
  16. shoelaces
  17. embroidery floss
  18. old fashioned clothespins
  19. magnet  strips
  20. pom poms
  21. googly eyes
  22. bubble wrap
  23. toothpicks
  24. cinnamon sticks
  25. pieces of string
  26. assorted origami paper
  27. post-it notes
  28. fabric scraps
  29. pop bottle lids
  30. rings from milk jugs
  31. bread bag tabs
  32. twisty-ties
  33. jingle bells
  34. pipe cleaners
  35. sheets of foam
  36. felt shapes
  37. key rings
  38. envelopes
  39. paper plates
  40. wooden beads
  41. yarn
  42. fake fur
  43. ribbon
  44. blank address label stickers
  45. mini spiral notebooks
  46. bingo chips
  47. homemade playdough
  48. hotel room keys or used-up gift cards
  49. tape
  50. stamps + stamp pad

Do you have any more ideas for arts and crafts gifts?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

More Resources and Gift Guides for Kids

This post is part of the Kid Blogger Network Gift Guide for Kids. More than 75 unique lists for all ages, interests, and budges have been compiled by bloggers around the world. To visit other lists, visit Gift Guides for Kids.

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