I love buying and recommending literacy and arts & crafts Christmas and holiday gifts for kids. It’s always fun to have creative inspiration as well as gifts that encourage reading and writing. Here’s my 2018 gift guide for literacy, arts, and crafts.
ALL 2018 Gift Guides
- STEM Gifts
- Creative (Arts & Crafts, Literacy) Gifts
- Game Gifts
- Pretend Play Gifts
- Best Boxed Chapter Book Sets
2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids: Literacy, Arts, & Crafts
Craft-tactic Wall Sticker Playhouse
Ages 3+ $20.84
Add reusable stickers to this 3-foot playhouse that safely sticks to the wall. More than 650 stickers! This would be really fun for playdates and siblings.
Crayola Scribble Scrubbie
Ages 3+ $15.99
Color your four pets (2 dogs, 1 cat, 1 rabbit) then give them a scrub bath so you can start over with new designs.
Girl Power Story Sticker Book
Ages 4 – 8 $13.99
Reusable stickers help girls decorate 3 different story scenes–a dreamscape scene, a mountaintop top, or a global map view. Stickers include doctors, super-heroines, businesswomen, athletes, and many more. What story will your child tell?
Kid Made Modern Studio in a Box
Ages 6+ $39.99
We regularly by the Kid Made Modern art supplies just like you’ll find in this incredible kit that is filled with paints, brushes, pencils, markers, four canvas boards, and two quality paper pads. I love that this kit gives kids supplies to allow them open-ended imaginative creation, don’t you?
My kids & students love writing with Smencils. (I often gave them out as gifts at the end of writers workshop.) They’d want to collect all the different scents. Would these motivate your growing writers, too?
Creativity For Kids Sweater Ornaments
Ages 6+ $13.00
Make your own ornament-sized ugly Christmas sweaters! Use these to decorate your tree or to give as a handmade holiday gift.
The Magic Treehouse by Mary Pope Osborne, ages 6 – 8
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel, ages 7 – 9
Diary of a Wimpy Kid, ages 9 – 12
Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan, ages 9 – 12
Warriors by Erin Hunter, ages 9 – 12
The Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’ Engle, ages 9 – 12
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, ages 12+
Boxed sets for age 7
ages 8+ $19.95
Get thinking about words!! Use the letters on your cards to answer the prompt on the clue cards. Those cards say things like: “It’s a country” or “Something you don’t own” or “It’s a jewel or gem”. Be the first to answer correctly using a letter on your card and you’ll get rid of it. Fast and fun!
Growth Mindset Conversation Cards
Ages 7+ $12.95
The 52 cards ask questions to encourage discussions about growth mindset, kindness, resilience, gratitude, and more.
Paint Your Own Porcelain Bowls and Vases
Ages 8+ $39.95
I like these because if you give them early, kids can make other people presents. Get 3 bowls and 3 vases to decorate with paint; paints are included.
National Geographic Mega Slime & Putty Lab
Ages 8+ $29.99
Do your kids love slime? This is a great starter kit for kids to make 8 types of slime and putty including magnetic putty, fluffy slime, and glow0in0the-dark putty. Not only is it great for crafters, but it’s also very helpful for children who need sensory play. Includes storage tins and accessories and a 16-page guide. Non-toxic. (Also on: 2018 STEM Gifts for Kids)
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