The Best Kids’ Craft and Activity Kits to Gift This Holiday Season

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This holiday season, as my husband and I brainstorm gift ideas for our girls, our criteria are more specific than in years past. We need gifts that will not only delight little minds but also inspire and keep them busy for more than 10 minutes at a time. In short, we’re looking for presents that do double-duty: entertaining our kids and buying us time while we continue parenting without childcare.

Enter the activity kit! Across the web, craft, art, and science boxes abound, all promising to whisk our girls off for a creation-fueled afternoon. I whittled down the wide selection to 12 of the most intriguing. Below, I’m sharing my favorite activity kits to add to your gift-giving lists this year. 


Gifts for Little Kids

Etsy | Specialty Creations

Holiday Hand and Footprint Plaque

Create the sweetest holiday keepsake with even your youngest's participation. I love seeing my daughters' handprints grow throughout the years and to make them into a piece of art I'll cherish forever? *Adds to cart*


Panda Crate

KiwiCo's Panda Crate is perfect for little ones up to 24 months old. Sign up for a subscription and your child will enjoy monthly deliveries packed with activities to spark their imaginations and feed their curiosity.

Use code EVERYMOM at checkout for 30% off your first month’s subscription with KiwiCo!

Kid Made Modern

My First Painting Collection

Inspire an art-filled afternoon by setting your child up with everything they need for their first masterpiece. This kit encourages them to play with color, texture, and pattern to bring their creativity to life.

Etsy | Junebug Essentials

Play Dough DIY Kit

I love making play dough from scratch, but I never know how to make it colorful--without dyeing my hands in the process! Enter this DIY kit, which includes everything you need to make organic, rainbow-colored dough for kids of any age.

Melissa & Doug

Beginner Craft Kit

Creating a soft, sparkly creature of their own couldn't be easier for little ones with this kit from Melissa & Doug. Drop all the supplies into the enclosed paper bag, shake, and voila! Out emerges a bright and silly new friend.


Gifts for Big Kids

Dan & Darci

Dino Soap Making Kit

What could be more appropriate for the times we're living in than to give the gift of soap to your loved ones? Of course this kit makes hand-washing that much more fun with dino-shaped bars kids craft themselves.


Kiwi Crate

A monthly subscription to the Kiwi Crate invites kids to create and innovate with exciting STEAM projects delivered to their door each month.

Use code EVERYMOM at checkout for 30% off your first month’s subscription with KiwiCo!

The Black Toy Store

Pretty Paper Pajaki Kit

With this fun paper craft kit, kids can create a Pajaki (AKA a paper chandelier that brings good luck) that, in the end, is over two-feet tall and a cool decor accent for any space.

Curious Jane

Spy Science Project Kit

This box, marrying science and play, had me at "secret code glasses," but your mini sleuth will also find a strawberry DNA kit, decoding ring, morse code keychain kit, and more.


Ceramic Mug Painting Kit

Invite your kids to design their own mug with this super easy kit from ArtMinds. Whether it ends up being a piece they use, or one they gift to grandma, this project is as easy as paint, bake, and enjoy!

Etsy | Ink and Trinket Kids

Woodland Creatures Natural Wood Craft Kit

I love a good craft that doubles as adorable bedroom decor. Encourage kids to design their own woodland creatures with these super cute natural supplies.

Etsy | Punch of Color

Pet Suncatcher Kit

Soak up a sunny day by hanging one of these stained glass-inspired suncatchers in your window after your little artist has colored them to their heart's content.



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