Our Favorite Kid Craft Kits (Age 5-7)
We wanted to share some of our favorite kid craft kits, for 5- to 7-year olds.
Arts and crafts are a regular activity in our house. Both kiddos (ages 5 and almost 7) seem to have inherited my love of crafting. You never know when inspiration will hit, so we like to keep art and craft supplies handy (many stored in repurposed plastic food containers).
Here are some of our favorite art activities:
- Adding a Bold Outline to Painting
- Create Outdoors: Ideas for Kid Art on a Hike
- DIY Foam Board Toy Building
- DIY Paint-by-Color
- Painting with Ikea Mala Squeeze Paint
- Basic Needlepoint for Kids
In addition to our standard building, painting, drawing, and creating projects, we love a good craft kit and wanted to share some of our favorites. These also make great gifts for friends’ birthdays – it’s fun to share a craft with a friend.
Check out some of our favorite kid craft kits:
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Light Up Tracing Pad
We’ve had this tracing pad for 2 years and it’s still a huge hit. My daughter was in a huge tracing phase, so the pad was the perfect gift for her. The lighted back makes tracing really easy. It works best tracing one-sided images. The kids pretend they are a “printer” and make copy, after copy, after copy of the same image. We’ve had a little trouble using the double sided pages from coloring books – the lines from both front and back images show through.
This weaving loom brings back memories! My mom still has some potholders I made with a similar kit when I was a kiddo. We picked up this craft kit a couple years ago, when my daughter was almost 5, and she was a little young. The kit is listed as 5+, but she’s just now getting the hang of working the loom on her own.
At 5, she was able to hook the first set of loops onto the loom, but needed help weaving the “needle” over and under the loops. Even though she’s almost 7, we still work together on the weaving. The work area is small and tight, making it tricky to weave the hook up and down. She’s building up her patience and fine motor skills, and loves creating “blankets” to give to her buddies and stuffed animals.
Big Gem Diamond Painting
Both kids love this diamond painting project. The kit comes with one applicator, 2 suncatchers and 12 stickers.
The gems in this craft kit are large enough that both kids could easily pick them up and apply them to the sticker. My son (5) needed help flipping the gems right-side-up, but otherwise worked independently.
When both kiddos wanted to work on this at the same time, Gpa put together a make-shift applicator with a large screw and anchor. Surprisingly, the homemade applicator worked just as well!
No-Sew Fleece Quilt
A good family friend recently gifted this quilt kit to my daughter. She’s been very interested in sewing, and this has been a lot of fun.
The pieces are thick and easy to tie – perfect for practicing her knots! This quilt is large, with LOTS of ties, so we are working on it a bit at a time. For a smaller, but similar, craft, this pillow is a quicker project and just as fun.
Easy-to-Sew Stuffed Animal
Our house is a bit fox-obsessed, so this Make a Fox Friend craft kit was a no-brainer. To start, the kiddo sews and stuffs the fox figure. Next up, make a bunch of cute accessories. When the crafting is done, the kiddo has an adorable fox toy to play with, dress, and re-dress.
We’ve also made our own DIY felt plush, another fun crafty project. We’ve made Halloween decorations and Sisu, the dragon from Raya and the Last Dragon. Sisu is such a favorite, she inspired my daughter’s birthday theme and a cute DIY dress, which also served as her Halloween costume.
We started working on basic needlepoint projects when the kids were around 4, using blunt plastic needles, plastic mesh canvas, and yarn. To start, the kids watched me stitching as I explained the process and goal. Then, I let the kids freestyle stitches without guiding them towards any specific stitch or pattern. Around age 6, my daughter was ready to try her first needlepoint kit. This kit says 6+, but she needed a lot of help. She can work the needlepoint on her own, but she’s very uncertain following the printed-on pattern and gets stuck keeping the stitches so small.
My mom, Gigi, recently started a beautiful Halloween needlepoint project from Mary Maxim. The kids enjoy helping on that project also, with lots of guidance on where to place the stitches. Mary Maxim is our favorite place to find adorable needlepoint and yarn projects. I grew up working on Mary Maxim projects, and we still have a bunch of homemade holiday decorations. It’s especially fun to work these projects with the kids, and continue to build on our family crafting memories.
What are some of your favorite kid craft kits? We’re always on the lookout for more crafting fun.