Do you hate how much junk food and junk toys your children get at every holiday? Would you rather give them something really useful that will stimulate their creativity? Of course you would! So today I’m sharing with you the absolute best stocking stuffers for crafty kids!
When my first-born was very little, I soon grew sick of all the useless gifts that people gave her and of all the occasions in which I was expected to give her things. So I changed my tactics.
At Christmas, instead of putting a candy in the advent calendar each day, I put a small piece of paper with clues to an activity that we would do that day. And I started putting arts and crafts supplies in her Christmas stocking.
Did she (or her brother when he later came along) miss the extra chocolate and candy? Absolutely not! She was thrilled to spend time together and to use her new supplies to draw, color and create!
The following items are supplies and products that my family uses. To this day, I still fill my kids’ stocking with some of them! They are all child-friendly and encourage creativity and manual skills.
I’m splitting up my list of 42 stocking stuffers for crafty kids into three categories for convenience’s sake. Just click on any of the categories below to jump right there!
Most of these materials are small enough to fit inside a Christmas stocking. For those that are too large, you can put a note with a picture and/or instructions to find them hidden behind the couch or under the kitchen table. Kids always appreciate a treasure hunt!
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Faber Castell is the best pencil sharpener brand that I know and these are super cute. The nose/beak is an eraser and these sharpen two pencil widths. My kids are still using the ones I got them years ago.
Invisible tape is a must for kids' projects, and Scotch Magic is the best. I suggest getting a child a dispenser to be able to use for years to come with less expensive and less wasteful refill folls. Oh, and this dispenser is made with ecological materials!
Are these markers or paint? Or both? These are so fun and eliminate a lot of the mess of painting with little kids. (But older kids love them, too.) They also develop different coordination and skills than traditional markers or paint.
We ALWAYS have these crayons in our home because they're the best cure for bored kids! We've tested a lot of different window crayons and markers, and these beat them all. They also work on mirrors. I use a rag with vinegar to clean the windows after.
My kids go through a LOT of modelling clay. They make bones, dinosaurs, animals, little people, houses, and so on. Their favorite brand is DAS and they're recently discovered DAS Junior, which is softer than the regular one. There are lots of different colors, but they always use white and paint it after it's air dried.
I'll admit that I don't love these because they are plastic and you have to melt it, which is not healthy or ecological. However, they are addicting to use and get kids' creative wheels working in different ways. I eventually caved in and let my daughter get them.
This choice may not seem exactly for kids, but a friend of mine let me in on a really cool trick. Dab the tip of these crayons in a little water, and they work AMAZINGLY for face (and body) painting! They easily wash off with soap and water.
Biodegradable corn-starch building blocks have become quite popular in Europe and are making their way to the States as well. They are great guilt-free fun because they are free of harmful chemicals and can be thrown in the compost when they're no good anymore. Simply dampen a piece's surface and it will stick to another. You can cut them and build lots of great things!
I recently discovered Wikki Stix and they fascinate me so much! Bascially they're yarn coated in food-grade wax so that you can bend it into shapes and stick the pieces together. These are fabulous fun and perfect for travelling with kids.
Craft sticks come in various shapes, sizes and colors, but I always prefer the traditional popsicle stick. You can build virtually anything with these things, you can color them in different ways, and they're easy to glue!