When the weather outside becomes frightful this winter, kids –and parents–will be looking for something to keep them busy indoors.  Having new arts and crafts supplies onhand is a great start  for open-ended projects that offer fun-filled opportunities for children to create, learn, pretend and explore. Art activities are a creativity and imagination booster for kids, help them develop fine motor skills, concentration and focus, patience and hand eye coordination.  Most importantly, they’re fun!

 There are so many kits and supplies to choose from, so I put together a list of some of the coolest and affordable artsy gifts for kids.  

The Crayola Create & Carry is a great gift for your littlest artists.  For age 3 and up, this kit has a 2-in-1 art storage case and lap desk with a variety of cool Crayola art tools! 16 Construction Paper Crayons, 8 washable Gel-FX Markers, 8 Classic Fine Line Markers, 12 Short Colored Pencils and 30 sheets of Construction Paper. 


With these colorful beads, kids over 12 can create decorative pieces for your house or handmade  jewelry such as bracelets, necklaces and earrings!


This portable kid’s art set includes paint, brushes, scissors, markers, clips, sharpener, eraser and more to draw, paint, color and craft! 


With this kit, Origami for Beginners kids can learn the ancient art of folding paper with easy to follow instructions for origami! They can use bright neon paper and can use their imagination to make their own origami shapes and the included sticker embellishments to bring their creation to life.


With this Window Art set, kids can create window art with over 20 whimsical window art illustrations and colors they can paint and design 12 suncatcher shapes and watch the colors illuminate from the sunshine!


This Arteza Kids Watercolor Set  has 36 Colors of opaque, rainbow art watercolors.It includes a great quality self moistening brush and 9×12 watercolor paper.


There’s a cool nationwide “feel good” project going on that kids can participate in.  The project is simple: Get a rock; paint it; decorate it; hide it; let someone find it; repeat. It sounds pretty crazy, but it’s a project that’s being done in cities all over the United States. This rock painting kit includes 10 white smooth river rocks, 6 color paints, 6 metallic paints, 2 glitter glues (gold and silver), 39 transfer stickers (gold and black), googly eyes, sticky gems, 2 paintbrushes, 1 sponge, instruction guide.  


This candle making set is designed to be user friendly so your kids can make something beautiful they will be proud of and have a great time in the process! Simply pour layers of colored wax into the glass cups to create beautiful candles. Perfect for quality bonding time with your child 


This Water Doodle mat is a great, no-mess art pad for kids of all ages.  Just fill the pens with clear water and paint on the surface!


Great for ages 6+, Kids can make their own soap with this kit. It has detailed Instructions and full-color inspiration. Sidebars contain fun facts about the chemistry of clean, with easy science experiments


 This pottery studio will make the bigger kids on your list smile.  It includes everything they need to create 6 projects, including: Jewelry Holder, Smart Phone Speaker, Pencil Holder and more. 


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