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Get Crafty After School With These Art Activity Kits

Kids can bring a little bit of art class home — no smocks required. (Unless they just really like wearing a smock.)

Margo Gothelf and Sarah Burns

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It's 3 o'clock, so you know what that means! School's out and it's time to craft — once all the homework is done, of course. Keep kids busy after school with any of these art-based activity kits. They can practice their painting, mold clay, or pick up a new skill on the loom. These art kits are filled with detailed instructions to keep them busy all night long — or until bedtime!

Making in the Moment Pottery Wheel

Need a few new catch-alls around the house? The Making The Moment Pottery Wheel has got you covered. The kit 2lbs of clay to make all kinds of creations. Kids can learn how how to "wedge" the clay, and pick up the basics of throwing pots like a pro. The best part about this DIY kit is that no heat source is required to dry the clay. They simply leave it out and let it air dry for a few days and their creation will be ready for display! 

Klutz Sew Mini Treats

A quick word of advice: don't let kids craft the Klutz Sew Mini Treats on an empty stomach. The mini treats are so realistic, they'll have them craving a snack — or five! The kit comes with everything they'll need to create over 18 different adorable pieces of felt food. Just keep them out of the kitchen, as that's one mixup you won't want to make! Review a real review by a real cool aunt.

Gift Republic Origami Napkins

After-school snacks can get a bit messy — Gift Republic Origami Napkins to the rescue! Don't worry if they're new to the art of paper folding. These napkins have instructions directly on the fabric, making it easier than ever to create new origami shapes. Plus, the napkin material is thicker than traditional origami paper, so kids don't have to worry about ripping their creations. 

Ooly Creatibles DIY Window Cling Art Kit

Usually, drawing on the windows isn't the best idea, but with the Ooly Creatibles DIY Window Cling Art Kit it's very much encouraged. The kit comes with five different colors and 14 premade designs to quickly turn around the vibe in any room. Kids can even go rogue and use the paint to make freestyle creations. Make sure they pick a window where the sunshine is extra strong, so the paint can sparkle to its full potential. 

Klutz Punch Yarn Pillow

Unwinding after a long day of math, science, and ELA has never been easier, thanks to the Klutz Punch Yarn Pillow. With this kit, not only is the finished pillow the perfect lounge-assistant, the craft itself is wonderfully soothing. Working with the punch yarn needle in a repetitive motion to press the yarn into cute patterns is a recipe for after-school zen.

Klutz Jr. My Simple Sewing

Does your kid love arts and crafts, but need a new challenge? Have them switch it up and teach themselves how to sew with the Klutz Jr. My Simple Sewing kit. Don't worry if they've never picked up a needle and thread before. This kit starts with the very basics and has cardstock for them to practice with. Plus, they give include a plastic needle to start with, so they can concentrate on the pattern instead of all of that finger pricking. When they're ready for the main event, they can move on to the precut felt and stitch away!

Kid Made Modern Arts and Crafts Supply Library

With the Kid Made Modern Arts and Crafts Supply Library, your kid will basically have a full crafts store at their own disposal. We're talking about an endless amount of beads, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, and more. They could create their own line of jewelry with pipe cleaner rings and beaded necklaces, build a family of pipe cleaner bugs, or design a popsicle stick mansion. Seriously, the craft kit has 1,250 crafty items to choose from, so the possibilities are endless!

Ann Williams Loopdeloom Weaving Loom Kit

he Loopdeloom is the activity kit your kid never knew they needed. They want to make a homemade scarf? They can make one on the Loopdeloom in a flash. How about a potholder? It does that too. A cell phone case? Yup. Even a blanket? Even a big blanket! The Loopdeloom can do it all...with a little help from your crafty kid, of course.

Klutz My Fairy Wands & Wings Jr. Craft Kit

Kids who are always bringing home books about fairies from the library at school will love the Klutz My Fairy Wands & Wings Jr. Craft Kit. The kit comes with everything they'll need to make all of their fairy dreams come true. Kids can design their own giant fairy wand that will shimmer and shine, and a fairy flower crown to show off as they fly around in their customized fairy wings. 

Kid Made Modern Studio in a Box

Every budding artist needs a good foundation of tools. At school, the art room is full of endless supplies to explore and experiment with. But what happens at the end of the day when your kid wants to channel that creativity at home? That's where the Kid Made Modern Studio in a Box kit comes into play. The kit has everything they need to keep the creative juices flowing. Plus, it comes with a portable carrying case so they can keep everything nice and organized, even on the go.

Updated June 2022