Discover the best creative gift ideas in arts and crafts for kids that will provide hours of creativity and imaginative thinking!
From the best of 2023 ideas to classics that will never go out of style, here you’ll find arts and crafts gifts, kits, and supplies to make any child happy.
Arts and Crafts for Kids
Play-Doh Activity Table
Use the flat side and the playmats or the 3D side with a pretend river and other features. This includes 15 accessories and 6 colors. When you want to clean up, simply place everything inside the table and put on the lid. My kids would have loved this table!
Colors of the World Markers
These 24 new Crayola colors represent the skin color of people from around the world and are essential for homes and classrooms.
This is a classic gift for young children who like to draw and write. My daughter carried this exact notebook around with her for a year until she filled it up. Of course, I saved it because it’s so precious! The spiral binding makes it so easy to use. LOVE!! Pair with jumbo crayons or jumbo colored pencils in a cute carrying case.
Tara Toy Barbie Necklace
Make Barbie-themed jewelry with beads, necklaces, and charms. Makes five necklaces!
Colorforms Classic Set
Stick and restick the colorful shapes to create a scene or a story!
1500 stickers with lots of cute subjects from animals to aliens.
Play-Doh Sweet Shoppe Cookie Creations
Make cookies out of Play-Doh using the cookie cutters and rolling pin!
On the Farm: Color & Erase
Color in this reusable activity pad of farm scenes with the included washable markers.
Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Pets Scrub Tub
Color & customize your animals, then wash them and start again! Isn’t this a cute arts and craft for kids gift?
Cat Mermaid & Friends
Make a seahorse, narwhal, and cat mermaid using the directions and included supplies.
Pick from any theme (unicorns, animals, space, dinosaurs), then create pictures using the foil sheets and picture canvases. What a wonderful creative craft that develops fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination!
Bluey Aqua Art
Do your kids think these are magical? Mine did! Add water to your water pen and color the images. Watch as the colors appear! Once it dries, the colors disappear and you can do it again.
Flashy Fish & Silly Swimmers 3D Puzzle Kit
Put together a fish with paper pieces and LED lights.
LEGO DOTS Panda Tray
Make a cute and useful panda tray with your LEGO DOTS.
Make Your Own Dinosaur Lantern Night Light
Make a dinosaur lantern/night light with step-by-step directions. Choose where to place your dinosaurs on the vellum landscape.
Unicorn Terrarium Kit
Design a unicorn garden with crystals, mini mushrooms, and a unicorn.
Aquabeads Star Bead Studio Kit
Kids can make all different kinds of animals, plants, and more with this unique aquabeads craft – the possibilities are endless!
Crayola Light Up Tracing Pad
This pad comes with over 100 images that kids can trace by putting their blank sheets over the awesome light-up pad and drawing away.
I don’t want to give away this book of darling illustrations to watercolor– because I want it for myself. (That’s ok, right?) The 54-page book also has 18 pages of instructions plus 7 pretty colors of paint, a paintbrush, and a mixing tray.
Paint by Number Kit
With nine designs, follow the directions to paint wall art.
A Million Dogs: Fabulous Canines to Color by Lulu Mayo
Adorable, cute, lovable dogs fill these pages. Which will you color in first? Lulu May’s coloring books are enthusiastically endorsed by kids! If you like the Lulu Mayo drawings, also try her Bears, Owls, Cats, Sloths, and Unicorns coloring books. (Her drawing books are also fantastic, both my girls love them!)
Craft-tastic DIY STring Art Sea Turtle & Hibiscus Flower Patterns
Use push pins and string to make a turtle and hibiscus flower.
Tiny Ceramics Studio
Use the materials provided (including a pottery wheel) to sculpt, paint, and glaze projects from the 24-page book of ideas.
Latch hook crafts like this owl are calming and fun! Easy to learn — just follow the pattern.
Paint Pour Art Set
Create beautiful works of art by pouring the provided different colors of paint into the provided tray.
Mix up mermaid options with the included supplies and put them in potion bottles or necklaces.
Spirograph Mandala Designs
Create beautiful Spirograph mandalas with easy-to-use wheels and stencil designs.
Clay World Cute Cafe
Make and bake a clay food, decor, and animals for your cafe using the step-by-step instructions in a 32-page book! You’ll find directions for cakes, roses, waffles, and kittens. My youngest daughter loves all the tiny things so this is perfect for her.
Woobles Beginning Crochet Kit: Pierre the Penguin
Step-by-step crochet kit including yarn, eyes, a needle, crochet hook, stuffing, and bag.
How to Draw a Bunny and Other Cute Creatures with Simple Shapes in 5 Steps by Lulu Mayo
Do you love Lulu Mayo as much as my kids and me? In this new how-to-draw book, you’ll learn how to draw so many CUTE animals including a guinea pig, bunny, and duckling, plus a sloth on an Easter egg, a llama bunny, and a unicorn. The directions are easy to follow and the book gives you plenty of space for your own drawings next to the directions.
Lite Brite Oval
Make light-up designs on this redesigned retro toy shaped in an oval!
Pierre the Maze Detective Coloring Book
We did this coloring search and find book as a family activity after dinner for several weeks — it was a blast! We liked how it combined coloring with a search and find. (If you want just a search-and-find book, you can buy the full-color Pierre the Maze Detective book.)
Sew Mini Gardens
Sew your own garden plants — using the book of colorful, step-by-step instructions and the provided materials like felt and stuffing. Darling.
One by Wacom Digital Drawing Tablet
The original Wacom tablets cost $500+, so this is a more affordable option at $60 for kids who want to get started with digital art. Plug into your computer and start drawing!
Faber-Castell Dual Tip Watercolor Markers
Your artist will LOVE these beautiful markers because they blend smoothly and beautifully. (My artist daughter loves hers.) Use them with heavyweight mixed media paper like the sketch pad below.
These are specifically for wet mediums such as watercolor, acrylics, and watercolor markers. The paper is 300 GSM / 140lb, meaning it’s very thick and won’t bleed through.
Even More Classic Arts and Crafts Gifts
My First Crayons
Build hand strength (which is important for handwriting) with these colorful crayons designed for toddlers.
Playhouse Blank Castle
Customize your castle with stickers, markers, crayons, or paint!
Melissa & Doug ABC 123 Wild Animals Dot-to-Dot Coloring Pad
Follow the letters or numbers to complete the scenes. I love how this does double duty — it’s fun and educational!
Crayola Pip-Squeaks Washable Markers
This carrying case makes it easy to carry your markers anywhere. And washable markers are a must-buy arts and crafts gift for creative kids!
Here you’ll have everything you need for your arts and crafts projects with 64 crayons, 20 short pencils, 40 washable markers, and 15 sheets of paper.
Created by Me! Flower Magnets
Use the provided paint, stickers, glitter glue, and paintbrushes to decorate your wooden flower magnets.
Craft-tastic Make a Fox Friend
Make your own fox stuffie, clothes, and accessories with a few simple stitches through precut holes.
Create with Clay Mythical Creatures
Create a unicorn, dragon and phoenix sculptures with this colorful clay set!
Use water-based chalk markers to decorate your t-shirt. Wipe clean with a damp cloth and change your design. Machine washable. (Comes in many colors!)
Ninja Kitties Coloring Book
Even my teenager loves this book — the illustrations are darling and the messages positive and encouraging. Aren’t these kitties cute?
Quick Knit Loom
Your child gets to make two knit hats using the provided loom and chunky yarn!
Fashion Angels Fashion Design Sketch Portfolio with Stencils
My kids LOVE these! 40 sketch sheets with pre-printed models’ silhouettes to make fashion drawing easy for beginners or for anyone who wants to improve their drawing techniques. Use the removable stencils with over 50+ clothing and accessory shapes to help create different outfits and styles.
Give this Book a Cover: Spark Your Imagination with Over 100 Activities by Jared Lerner and You
Drawing and writing prompts will give kids fun activities to complete on their own. They’ll get to finish a comic panel story, write a story about a cactus, learn to draw in steps, and much more. Engaging, perfect for summer.
Enchanted Fairy Garden Craft Kit
Kids can grow magical fairy gardens with this cute craft kit that comes with a paintable potting dish, a flower house for their very own fairy, plus a lot more!
Blank Comic Book – Draw Your Own!
Kids can come up with their own comic-book-style stories with this exciting blank journal, where they can take their imagination to new heights!
Creativity for Kids Rainbow Sandland
My 8-year-old self wants this toy for Christmas– isn’t it adorable!? Create a magical world with colorful sand, glitter, playful stickers and an adorable mini unicorn!
Kawaii Doodle Class by Pic Candle, illustrated by Zainab Khan
This is a learn-to-draw cute cartoons type of book — it appeals to my girls, especially my oldest who picked up a copy at our local bookstore.
Color this beautiful world map illustration packed full of fun facts, wild animals and exotic sea creatures on a 100% Turkish cotton pillowcase complete. It comes with a set of 10 doodle color wash out pens; the ink washes out completely on a warm machine wash.
Magnetic Mini Tile Art
This DIY kit is a few years old. However, it’s a great pre-holiday gift because it gives kids the chance to make gifts for people in their families. Use this to create works of art that you can apply magnets to for fridge or locker decor.
Super Cute Notebook Doodles
32 fun notebook doodle animal designs to color with watercolors, colored pencils, markers, crayons, or gel pens. I love that it has perforated pages.
Melissa and Doug Created by Me Flower Fleece Quilt
Knot together this soft and fuzzy quilt in any pattern design you like using the fleece squares provided. Talk about a fun and cozy arts and crafts project for your creative child.
Use the 10 washout fabric markers to color this crossbody bag — then wash out and start again with a different color scheme.
ALEX Toys Rock Pets Turtle
Paint your own pet turtle with weatherproof paints.
The Ultimate Art Museum by Ferren Gipson
WOW — this is the MOST impressive, well-organized, and beautifully designed art history book for children that I’ve EVER read. It’s a curated book that takes children chronologically through 18 galleries from geographical regions and cultures such as the Far East, Ancient Egypt, Medieval Europe, and Byzantine period. Colorful borders and design, photographs and paintings with descriptions. Gorgeous — I highly recommend this incredible book!
Kids love these scented pencils!
Scented Glitter Gel Pens
Add some sparkle to your drawings!
Color Your Own Water Bottle
Get creative coloring and decorating this water bottle! This is a great activity that keeps kids hydrated and imaginative!
Create Your Own Bead Pets
Kids will love making all sorts of beaded animals with this awesome set that comes with cool accessories, including key rings and lanyard clips!
Harry Potter Create by Sticker: Hogsmeade
Use the stickers to complete the Hogsmeade-related mosaics starting with a Marauder’s Map and ending with a landscape of Hogsmeade Village. Cute cartoon illustrations and a brief narration take you on an adventurous experience. Harry Potter fans who like to puzzle together mosaics will enjoy these memorable sticker scenes. Also in the series: Create by Sticker: Hogwarts.
Build & Paint Your Own Wooden Cars
Make three cool wooden race cars, each with their own vibrant designs and moving wheels!
National Geographic Mega Slime & Putty Lab
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.