Instead of breakable toys and candy, fill stockings with these arts and crafts gifts for kids to spark their creativity, and they’re all under $12!
These small gifts for creative kids are perfect for Christmas stocking stuffers, Easter baskets, Valentine’s Day, and more. I’m dividing them up by age group for your convenience. If you’re looking for slightly larger arts & crafts gifts for kids, check out this post!
stocking stuffer gifts for toddlers & preschoolers
If you’ve never tried these, you need to! They’re reuseable water-painting books. Just fill up the self-contained water pen, hand it to your kid, and they can paint away with no mess. My girls loved these so much when they were little. And they’re perfect for car and airplane rides!
What kids don’t love to use as much tape as they want? This set looks super-fun and includes a scissors skill-building activity book too!
I don’t really think an art smock needs an explanation… The long sleeves are key, and this one comes in several different colors.
This play snow is so cool! I first discovered it at preschool in the sensory bin a few years ago. Then of course I had to get some for home. It’s hours and hours of fun. It expands when you add water, and it even feels cold like real snow!
There’s no question they’ll need a bath after they finger paint anyway… so why not do the finger painting itself in the bathtub? I’m wishing I’d seen this sooner for my five-year-old!
And if the idea of bathtub finger paint makes you squeamish, perhaps” rel=”noopener noreferrer”> a multi-color bath crayon is a better option. B had one of these as a toddler and she loved loved loved it!
gifts for kids 5-9 years old
Isn’t this paint by sticker book so cool? You can get more or less intricate ones, depending on the age of the kids.
gifts for pre-teens and teens
These are so fun! It’s possible to make pompoms without them, but these neat little pompom makers make the process quick and easy enough for kids! My girls and I love them- and we’ve been turning out lots of pompoms lately for some Christmas crafts and throw pillows, and just for fun!
A good sharp pair of craft scissors is essential for making pompoms and all kinds of crafts.
I love these mini yarn skeins for making pompoms and tassels, and tons of other small projects!
I hope that gives you some great ideas for the kids’ stockings or gift baskets this year! I love to see my kiddos developing their creativity!