You do an excellent job of fulfilling your child's basic needs, like nourishment, shelter, and love. But how do you bring out those other qualities in your kid's personality, like creativity, imagination and achievement?
One way to do this is with craft kits that your child can complete at home. Here are some ideas.
Bright Multi Color Pom Pom and Chenille Stem Kit
With this kit, your kids can create a whole playgroup of fun, fuzzy, goofy friends! Children can take the 12-inch multicolored pipe cleaners and affix their own unique combination of pom poms, feathers and 'wiggly eyes.' There are over 300 craft pieces to choose from!
'We Creations' Small Body Kit
Think of it as paper-dolls with a little more complexity and ingenuity. Your child can mix and match 36 body pieces, heads and jump rings, and choose their outfits to make three dozen 'little people.' They can be customized to resemble family members or friends and used as charms, ornaments or keepsakes (jewelry glue not included).
Color Your Own Puzzle
Young kids enjoy putting together jigsaw-style puzzles - so they will absolutely love creating their own custom puzzles and assembling them! This product comes with two white sheets that are 5.5 by 8 inches in size. They are made up of a dozen interlocking puzzle pieces that your child can draw on and garnish with rubber stamps, markers, colored pencils, paints and more.
Wooden Flower or Butterfly Ready to Color Kit with Markers
Small children can be inspired artists too. They can use this kit's four markers to decorate a blooming flower in a pot or a beautiful butterfly. Each wooden 4-by-6.5 inch craft comes with its own wooden stand to display your budding artist's work on any flat surface.
Create-A-Tiara Craft Kit
This activity is ideal for your little queen-to-be and her friends at her birthday party or play date. It comes with a dozen 22-inch long cardboard tiaras that are ready to be adorned with the accompanying stickers, jewels and glitter glue pens. Instructions are included for how to have a regally fun time!
Foamie Princess Door Hanger Kit
Let your princess stake her claim to her bedchamber by assembling her own foamie door hanger. The kit contains a pair of glitter glue pens and an assortment of foamie hearts and crowns (regular glue not included). It also comes with 4 door hangers so your child can make one for other rooms in your home!
Cross Photo Frame Magnet Kids Craft Kit
If you have a child who is being baptized, celebrating a first communion, or attending vacation bible school, this is a perfect way for them to personalize photos from the event. Each of the dozen 6.5-by-5 inch frames can hold a 4-by-2.25 inch photo. And the kit has colorful magnetic cross-themed pieces that can be placed in the space surrounding the picture.
Mini Unfinished Wooden Model Cars
These toys are intended to cater to the child who loves to work with paint. The trio of 2.75-by-1.5 inch unfinished wooden cars arrives ready to be designed with paint, stickers or markers. It's a great activity for day camp groups, scouting troops or craft days.
Unfinished Wood Antique Limo Model Kit
This kit can establish a foundation for a lifelong love of assembling model cars, airplanes and other craft kits. The unfinished wood pieces and accessories assemble together easily (wood glue, sandpaper and paint not included) for a convenient father-son activity or rainy day project.
Plaid Faster Plaster Hand Print Mold Keepsake Kit
It's a modern and artistic version of the handprint plaster paperweights we used to make when we were young. Your child just mixes up the bag of Faster Plaster with water and pours the substance into the heart-shaped mold. After placing his or her hand in it to create the impression, the youngster can use the six provided paint pots and brush to create a unique keepsake design.
Wooden Snowflake with Snowman Craft Kit
Kids love building snowmen, but are often stymied because the snow is too cold (or nonexistent). This product lets them make six 'snowflake snowmen,' which are each as unique as a genuine snowflake. The wooden kits have all the accoutrements needed for giving life to each snowman (except for glue or paint).
68 Piece Artist Set - Art Studio in a Kit!
The ultimate portfolio for your future artiste! Your young Picasso can select from any of a dozen colored pens or pencils, oil pastels, crayons or water color cakes to create his or her next 'museum piece.' The carrying case also has a ruler, sharpener, eraser, artist's brush, drawing pencil, glue tube and palette.
There are hundreds of toys or games out there that will keep your child occupied. But many of them won't do anything to inspire creativity. So getting a craft kit will not only give your kid something to do, it will stimulate his or her imagination and also provide a feeling of accomplishment when he or she finishes the project.