The 11 Best At-Home Craft Kits for Kids

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Arts & Crafts Supply Center at lakeshorelearning.com

"This art set is packed with supplies that include ribbons, markers, googly eyes and more."

Best Subscription: Kiwi Co at kiwico.com

"Order a Kiwi Co subscription and receive a new artsy science project delivered right to your door."

Best STEAM Kit for Younger Kids: Design & Play STEAM Cars Kit at lakeshorelearning.com

"Let your kid design balloon powered cars while learning about STEAM concepts."

Best On-the-Go Craft Kid: Kid Made Modern On the Go Kits at kohls.com

"Take your art on the go with this set that comes in several themes."

Best for Card Collecting Fans: Kid Made Modern Trading Card Kit at kohls.com

"Allow your kids to make, trade, and collect their own unique cards."

Best for Teens: Paint By Numbers at maxnovelty.com

"Let your teen show off their abilities with this paint by numbers kit."

Best for Outdoors: Unicorn and Narwhal Horns Chalk Set at maisonette.com

"Help your kids create a magical world outdoors with this unique sidewalk chalk set."

Best Educational Kit: IQ Builder at Amazon

"This 3D building set encourages kids to create puzzles."

Best Quiet Craft Kit: Creativity for Kids Create Your Own 3 Bitty Books at joann.com

"This kit provides everything budding authors need to write their very own book."

Best for Toddler: Alex Discover Tots Art Start Kids Art and Craft Activity at jcpenney.com

"Stocked with easy grip crayons, specialized paper, stickers, and an activity book, this set is great for toddlers."

When you're stuck at home, craft kits are a great way for kids to stay busy, get the creative juices flowing, and take a break from schoolwork.

Look for one that is age-appropriate and allows for kids to take control. There's a good balance of having guidance, but still allowing the child some creative freedom during the process.

Here are the best craft kits for kids.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Arts & Crafts Supply Center

Arts & Crafts Supply Center

 Courtesy of Lakeshore Learning

It’s debatable whether the best part of this arts and crafts supply center is the abundance of supplies or the 20 drawers that neatly organize everything. Along with ribbons, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, markers, glue, and more, this set comes with an activity book. There are suggestions for 14 projects to make with all your supplies.

Best Subscription: Kiwi Co

Kiwi Co

 Courtesy of Kiwi Co

Inspiring young innovators, Kiwi Co provides fun artsy science projects that are neatly packaged and delivered right to your door. Choose from kits for newborn babies through adulthood. The crates have different overall themes like Doodle, Tinker, and more. Buy just one, a three-pack, a 6-month package, or a yearlong subscription for hours of fun and engagement.

Best STEAM Kit for Younger Kids: Design & Play STEAM Cars Kit

Design & Play STEAM Cars Kit

 Courtesy of Lakeshore Learning 

Kids will design and customize balloon-powered cars while learning about early STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics) concepts. The kit comes with 10 cars, so there is plenty to decorate, race, and fine-tune until the perfect car is created. This kit is best for kids 4 to 8 years old. 

Best On-the-Go Craft Kid: Kid Made Modern On the Go Kits

Kid Made Modern On the Go Kits

 Courtesy of Kohl's

These high-quality sets are made for on-the-go art. Several themed sets (drawing, coloring, monster, vacation journal) are all packaged in a zipper fabric bag with an easy-to-grab handle. The kit is filled with just enough supplies and stores easily in a kid’s backpack or travel tote.

Best for Card Collecting Fans: Kid Made Modern Trading Card Kit

Kid Made Modern Trading Card Kit

 Courtesy of Kohl's

If your child is a fan of collecting and swapping Pokemon or sports cards, this kit is perfect for them. With 36 blank trading card templates, markers, and foil packages, you’ll encourage kids' creativity and allow them to make, trade, and collect their own unique and handmade cards.

Best for Teens: Paint By Numbers

Paint By Numbers

 Courtesy of Max novelty

The results of these high-quality paint by numbers kits will wow your family and help your teen show off their abilities. These beautiful sets require minimal painting skills, yet the result will look like a true work of art. The numbered canvas, paint set, and brushes are all included in this easy to navigate set.

Best for Outdoors: Unicorn and Narwhal Horns Chalk Set

Unicorn and Narwhal Horns Chalk Set

 Courtesy of Maisonette 

Your crafter can create amazing and magical outdoor images with this unique sidewalk chalk set. The set is entirely handmade and the chunky size and shape of the chalks are perfect for younger hands to fine-tune their gross motor skills while being creative outdoors.

Best Educational Kit: IQ Builder

Combining arts and engineering, this 3D building set encourages kids (and adults) to color and then assemble a number of 3D puzzles. The set promotes focus, concentration, and hand-eye coordination all while instilling a huge sense of accomplishment after a puzzle is completed.

Best Quiet Craft Kit: Creativity for Kids Create Your Own 3 Bitty Books

Creativity for Kids Create Your Own 3 Bitty Books

 Courtesy of Joann

This kit provides everything budding authors need to write their very own book. With special paper, markers, and cover plates, kids will sit quietly while they focus on visualization skills, plot development, linear thinking, reading, writing, and fine motor skills. Enjoy the silence and get ready to read some great stories.

Best for Toddler: Alex Discover Tots Art Start Kids Art and Craft Activity

Alex Discover Tots Art Start Kids Art and Craft Activity

 Courtesy of JC Penny

Introduce toddlers to age-appropriate art projects with this kit. Stocked with easy-grip crayons, specialized paper, doilies, stickers, and an activity book to guide some projects, this set is recommended for children ages 18 months and up. Nothing is too messy, and it all easily packs back into the box it came in.

Best Kit for Elementary Age: Melissa & Doug Created by Me Accent Pillow

Created by Me Accent Pillow

 Courtesy of Melissa & Doug 

Kids will feel a huge sense of pride after they create their own squeezable, huggable accent pillow that will add some flair to any room. Older kids can easily thread the thick cords through 100 fuzzy fleece buttons to crimp and cover the stuffed pillow insert. The set comes with detailed instructions plus some cool design ideas, making it easy to personalize the pillow. This is best for ages 6 and older.

Why Trust Verywell Family

Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She's also the mom of a 10-year-old son, 6-year-old son, and 2-year old daughter. Maya's favorite craft kits are easy to store and relatively mess-free. When she's ready for a mess, she does have a tie-dye kit hidden away in her stash, waiting to get used. 

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