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Entertaining preteens can be a challenge, especially when they’re becoming so tied to their devices and attention spans are getting shorter and shorter. The best way to entice them? Something that can hold their interest and keep their hands busy.
With all the different mediums of art, whether it be music, painting, crafting, or planting, finding ways to ignite a tween's creativity and imagination is the greatest gift you can give them. Who knows, you might even turn them onto a lifelong hobby they can be excited about for years to come and at least attempt to keep them off their phone, tablets, or other digital screen for at least an hour or two.
Here, the best craft kits to help your tweens get in touch with their creative side!
When it comes to the best of crafting, we have to award the always crowd-pleasing collage. This OG is a fan favorite that stands the test of time because it’s something anyone and everyone can do. It’s easy to personalize and fun to do in large groups or just on your own.
Craftivity’s Dare to Dream Board Collage Kit is a great way for tweens to create inspirational pieces of art based on what they love. The kit includes one 11.75 x 11.75-inch board, a cord for hanging and wooden planks for support, plus all the nuts and bolts to assemble it.
The content itself for kids to collage is entirely up to them. It’s a fun project they can do and collect the things that mean the most to them. Once the dream board is assembled, the kit includes a variety of additional personal touches one can make like wooden embellishments, clothespins for hanging pictures, paint, paint brushes, paper flowers, and glue.
Best for Painting: US Art Supply 133 Piece Deluxe Artist Painting Set with Aluminum and Wood Easels, Paint and Accessories
If you’re looking to splurge on an art supply kit that covers more than just the essentials, then this US Art Supply kit has everything you need and more. While it's certainly a bit of a splurge for a beginner, it has the benefit of including a few different mediums for different kinds of painting.
The kit comes with a lightweight easel with adjustable legs, an adjustable wooden desk easel and drawer, 24 acrylic, oil, and watercolor paint tubes, a plastic palette, and a mixing wheel. It also has you covered on brushes, since it includes a seven piece nylon hair brush set, a 12-piece oil and acrylic brush set, as well as a 15-piece multipurpose brush set, four painting pads, a six-pack of canvas panels, and two professional quality stretched canvases. This is the ultimate setup for any aspiring artists in the family.
Sewing is a great option for crafty kids looking for an ongoing, hands-on project that can be as simple as a hobby or turned into something longer lasting. From simple mends to big sewing projects, this well-stocked kit from Artika has everything a novice or veteran sewer would need.
It includes all the essentials; 30 XL spools of thread in a variety of colors, a pair of small scissors, a measuring tape, 30 golden-eye needles, clips, a threader, safety pins and buttons, a fabric pencil, a knitting needle, a plastic needle, and a magnifying glass. It’s more than enough for a new sewer to grow their skills or perfect for experienced sewers that need a well-armed travel kit for fashion emergencies.
Knitting isn’t only for grandmas. Once kids get the hang of this soothing hobby, they'll be hooked. This all-in-one set is the perfect kit for knitters that are just starting out or are looking for an easy project to pass the time. Boye Yarn’s Beginners Accessory Kit comes with nine different patterns designed to be easy, fun, and engaging.
This kit includes patterns for items like a scarf or shawl, as well as two pairs of knitting needles, one yarn needle, five stitch markers, and one fabric measuring tape. Yarn is sold separately, allowing knitters to personalize their projects with their choice of yarn color and texture.
This kit is perfect for all crafting levels and attention spans. For classic friendship bracelets, Alex Toys Forever Bracelet Kit offers a wide range of patterns and guides, rather than an overwhelming amount of colors and little-to-no instruction.
In total, this kit provides 22 different types of bracelet patterns, plus everything you need to make each pattern at least once. It’s great for all ages from beginner patterns like a classic weave to more challenging, like hearts, diamonds, and flowers, to name a few. It includes four color-coded looms, 22 colors of embroidery thread, beads, a beading needle, an instruction book, and a convenient carrying case. With such a wide variety, this kit is great for boys and girls, both teens and tweens, and has enough supplies for small or large groups.
Not only are terrariums fun to make, they’re super low-maintenance and an easy way to spruce up any room. We like Faber Castell’s Grow N Glow DIY Terrarium Kit because it’s an all-in-one kit that comes with everything you need without having to go out and purchase anything extra.
One kit has everything a young botanist needs for two plant life cycles, including a mason-style jar, potting mix, organic chia and wheat grass seeds, and glow-in-the-dark forest figurines. The mason jar container is plastic, just in case anything is accidentally knocked over, and this kit also features glow-in-the-dark translucent star and constellation stickers that light up the mini garden at night. Terrariums begin growing in just 3 to 4 days and are a great activity for tweens that love science and art.
STEAM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. STEAM-themed art is an off-shoot of STEM and was a movement spearheaded by the president of Rhode Island School of Design who argued that innovation cannot happen with design thinking and creativity, hence the inclusion of “Art”.
Music is a go-to interest for many preteens, so giving them the tools to not only listen but create their own could get them started on a life-long hobby. With Uncommon Good DIY Synth Kit, kids can experiment with pitch, frequency, and volume to create sounds through three different mini-synths. All it requires is a 9V battery and internet access for easy-to-follow instructions.