Melissa & Doug Decorate-Your-Own Piggy Bank 1 of 10
It’s nearly impossible these days to find a piggy bank that won’t break the bank. This little piggy is that rare breed of affordable and adorable. At just $6.99 it comes with glitter glue, paint pots, and stickers so your kids can customize it any way they like!
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Creativity Kids Fast Race Car Kit 2 of 10
This kit lets your kids supe up their own miniature racecars with everything from paint to stickers to realistic 3D accents. Once these little wooden cars are ready for display, it’s off to the races! (Otherwise known as your living-room floor.)
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Toysmith Kaleidoscope Making Kit 3 of 10
Making a kaleidoscope with kids is both exciting and educational, offering a chance to teach about colors, shapes, and patterns. This set’s outfitted with holographic trinkets, color filters, mirrors, and more to create the swirling colors and sparkling shapes everyone loves.
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Origami Paper Set 4 of 10
Origami, the ancient Japanese art of paper-folding, is fuss-free, engaging, and one of the most stimulating projects you can do with kids. No sticky fingers or paint splatters with this kit, since paper and an instruction booklet are all you’ll need.
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American Girl Bitty Beaded Rings Set 5 of 10
American Girl is well-known for their quality dolls, clothes, books, and accessories for girls. Their affordable craft kits are a welcome addition to the brand! Designed for girls ages 8-12, this DIY jewelry set includes all the supplies needed to make 10 beaded rings.
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Crayola® Model Magic® Presto Dots’ Puppy Pack 6 of 10
Instead of traditional modeling clay, this Crayola kit includes “dots” of dough, which are more manageable for younger artists. Thanks to easy-to-follow instructions and a low price point, this fun activity was such a hit last year that it won the 2010 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award.
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Pipe Cleaner Farm Kit by Martha Stewart Create 7 of 10
With a few twists and a little help from our favorite domestic goddess, your kids can create 7 different farm animals out of pipe cleaners alone! Perfect for entertaining your flock on a rainy afternoon.
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Peel and Stick Mosaic Art Activity Set 8 of 10
Everyone is familiar with paint by numbers, but now kids can create mosaics by numbers! Peel and Stick Mosaic Art is a clean, fun project that uses colored foam mosaics with sticky backings instead of paint to produce mini masterpieces.
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Learn to Sew Hand Puppet Kit 9 of 10
Kids will have a blast making their own fleece puppets — and learning to sew — with this kit, which comes complete with pre-cut fleece pieces, thread, a safety needle, and, most importantly, googly eyes!
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Monster Kids Craft Kit 10 of 10
Kids can finally unleash their inner monsters by bringing them to life! This set comes with all the weird-shaped foam pieces and googly eyes needed to make 12 silly monsters.
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