Crafting is great for kids. It’s expressive, it’s productive, it’s sensory, and it’s great for fine motor skills. It can be a social activity or therapeutic quiet time alone.
I found a ton of new kits and individual products that had some great details. I particularly looked for crafts that were flexible in terms of age range, which could be low-frustration for younger kids, or made more complex for older kids.
I also looked for crafts that would be appealing to both girls and boys. Some of the kits I’m listing are definitely geared toward girls, but most of them are gender-neutral. I was thrilled to see plenty of cooking sets, painting kits, and other crafty items that weren’t pink.
What I’d love to see, but didn’t find, are sewing kits that aren’t quite so pink. I mean, presumably everyone should at least know how to sew on a button, right? I can–and do–use plain old needles, thread, and felt with my son, but the pillow kits from ALEX Toys, with their pre-punched holes and pre-cut felt, would be kind of awesome in a more gender-neutral option. Maybe some owls, or a monster or something? Hook us up, ALEX Toys!
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