By 4 years old, most children are learning how to write and are becoming more creative. It’s the perfect time to introduce crafts to kids to ensure they become exposed to different materials and improve their hand-eye coordination. After researching a variety of products on the market, the following craft sets were chosen for their overall value and creative designs.
Children will become more comfortable drawing various shapes, letters and numbers with these easy-to-use stencils. The durability of each stencil makes it hold up well with frequent use. The material is also easy to wipe clean after it has contact with various writing tools. Kids will enjoy toting the carrying case around, which keeps all of the pieces in one place. The case is highly durable and stays closed, even when dropped. It also features a handle so it can be taken on the go, whether it’s used at school or while traveling. The hard plastic stencils are resistant to bending or snapping. One of the highlights of this set is the various themes, including dinosaurs, Christmas objects, jungle animals, fashion items, space objects and sea animals. Over 300 various shapes are included. It’s recommended for kids ages 4 to 12.
This Busy Box allows children to experiment with different types of crafts to expand their imaginations. They can choose to mold clay into animals, create tissue art pictures or play with sticker art. Although some of the crafts require adult supervision, most of them encourage independence due to their simplicity and mess-free materials. The kit includes a large number of items individually packaged for easy organization within the durable box. Many of the items can also be played with once the craft is completed, for added entertainment. The paper bag puppets are simple to make, for example, and can develop the user’s imagination as the characters come to life. The kit is recommended for kids ages 3 and up.
This bead set features colorful pieces in various shapes and sizes. Children ages 4 to 7 will enjoy learning how to make different patterns and also improve their concentration. Their visual perception skills will be strengthened with fun activities that can be redone once the beads are taken off of the string. The butterfly theme features intricate details, contributing to the value, and children will be proud to show off their new creations and wear them with their favorite outfit. A wooden tray is included to keep the pieces together and easy to access.
Recommended for kids ages 4 and up, this craft set includes a glue stick, 186 stickers, paper shapes, crinkle paper, 105 pieces of tissue paper, googly eyes and instructions. Children will have a myriad of options to choose from, making this product ideal to use on rainy days or in the classroom. The jumbo glue stick is easy to grip and dries clear to prevent messes. The large size of the glue stick also ensures that it lasts long enough to be used for each project. For added convenience, each project is individually wrapped, allowing kids to quickly grab what is needed to complete the craft. The concept of each craft is simple and easy to learn for younger children and can motivate them to continue more art projects and activities as they develop their confidence.
Any princess-obsessed child will be excited about this craft kit, which is only for children ages 3 and up due to the small pieces. The colorful beads can be mixed and matched to create custom necklaces, allowing the looks to be changed over and over again, offering hours of creativity and entertainment. The plastic carrying case is durable and features pink beads on the handle. The set allows children to express their budding traits of creativity and passion while having fun in the process.
“These crafts take it to the next level for kids as they learn how to multitask and use color, stencils, glue and, most important of all, their imaginations to apply to projects and bring them to life.”
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Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.