Stuck inside with the kids? These fun hands-on activities are perfect for quarantined kids! Drawing, cooking, beading, painting, model-building and so much more for toddlers to teens.
If you’re looking for smaller arts & crafts gifts for kids and stocking stuffers, check out this post!
gifts for toddlers & preschoolers
We’ve had these uppercase alphabet stamps for years, and the girls love to spell out words with them. They also come in lowercase and number sets. Add a washable rainbow stamp pad, and you’ve got hours of fun!
Only after the putting everything in your mouth stage is well past, of course. My girls loved loved loved this fun beading set. Four is the perfect age. The beads snap together to create necklaces, bracelets and rings, and they come back apart just as easily when they’re done. If you want to stay on good terms with the parents, spend a few more dollars and get a tray to contain the mess!
We’ve had a lot of fun with kinetic sand at our house! I love that it sticks together and doesn’t make a huge mess. This awesome set includes a tray for little hands to work in and keeps the sand contained.
gifts for kids ages 5-9
We’ve been starting vegetable seeds indoors for years, and I always use these seed starter pods. They come in little pellets and you add water to make them expand. The tomato-sized pods are great because they’re big and give the tomato plants more room to grow, since they don’t get planted outside until later in the Spring.
We’ve had these grow lights for a few years for our seedlings too.
My daughter received this adorable tooth fairy fort decorating kit as a gift when she was five. She had so much fun painting and decorating her fort. It comes with a cute book too. Now the tooth fairy can make deliveries to the fort instead of trying to sneak things under pillows. The tooth fairy (affectionately named “Toothy”) is kind of a big deal around here, okay?
Tell me this doesn’t look soooo cool! I actually got this for my nephews for Christmas this year, and my whole family was drooling a bit while I ordered it. The kids build it themselves- maybe with some grown-up help depending on their age and skill level.
The kids and I love to make homemade lip balm, both for ourselves and to give as gifts. This lip balm kit is a perfect starter, and I love that it has only natural ingredients and no junk!
I remember loving these looms as a kid, and my girls are loving them too! My collection of potholders has now outgrown the kitchen drawer. Maybe we’ll give some as gifts!
My kids and the neighbors love love love these perler beads. They put the beads onto frames, and then you iron them and the beads all melt together. But the tray is key. If you’re getting these for your own kids or you don’t want the kids in question’s parents to curse your name, spend the extra $4 and get the tray to keep the beads contained! Just trust me on this one. This is really great for developing fine-motor skills too!
B got this awesome kids cookbook a few years ago, and it’s awesome. The recipes are healthy and fun, the directions are clear, and the photos are great too. Highly recommend!
My girls love having their nails done. But this nail-decorating kit takes things to a whole new level of fun!
This fun kit also comes in train and rescue vehicle versions.
friendship bracelets for beginners kit + Embroidery floss organizer
B got this book and kit for her 8th birthday, and I’ve been blown away by the bracelets she’s turning out. I helped her get started with it, and she’s taken it from there. I highly recommend this one for beginners. The only thing missing is an organizer for all the embroidery floss. This organizer comes with the little plastic things to wrap the floss around too!
gifts for kids 10-14 years old
My niece just got her ears pierced, so she’s getting this super-fun jewelry making set for Christmas. One of the big selling points was the organizer cases it comes with. That’s kind of a must with so many tiny pieces.
I love Amy Latta’s grown-up hand lettering workbook, and this one looks like even more fun! I also love these drawing pens from Faber Castell.
This drawing kit includes everything your budding artist will need to get started with pencil drawing. And it’s all contained in a special case.
I just got this amazing watercolor set for myself, and I’m totally hooked. The pigment and quality of the paint is no comparison to the ones we used as kids. And the water brush pen is pretty awesome too. You can choose the number of paint colors in the kit, depending on how much you want to spend. Add this awesome beginner watercolor book and a cold press paper pad, and you’re set!
I hope this gives you some great gift ideas for kids!