Let’s talk art gifts for kids. I am that mom who always buys art supplies or art kits for kid birthdays, because I like to spread art throughout the land.
Luckily, there are SO MANY good options for kid’s art gifts, and here are some of my favorites. (P.S. I heard once that some parents stock up on kid birthday gifts and leave them in a closet so they won’t need to worry about birthday gift shopping every month or so.)
Art Gifts for Young Kids
I consider younger kids 18 months to about 5 or so. These gifts are great for kids who are practicing motor sjkills and just getting used to the whole concept of making art. Start ’em early.
Art Kits/Sets for Young Kids
- SUCH a cute little finger paint kit, with lots of great ideas and a metal lunchbox-like case.
- Collage kit for tots – a great way to get them thinking about and matching colors, and they don’t need to get all messy with glue. Nice.
- Little kids will have a blast stamping farm animals on their page and then scribbling some stuff around them: grass, sun, clouds…
Creativity-Boosting Gifts for Young Kids
- I love this water drawing board so much. My daughter received one as a gift when she was a wee lass, and she had so much fun painting with water and watching it disappear. You’ll love using it, too.
- These magnetic drawing boards are seriously fun, and they’re perfect for car rides or restaurant waits.
- How freaking cool is this little art desk? I would have been glued to this thing as a little kid. I think it’s so important to give kids their own art spaces, whether you’re setting up a dedicated art area for older kids, or starting them out with this desk.
Art Gifts for Older Kids
Older kids around 5-12 will love these gifts. Actually, some parents will love these gifts as much as the kids. Art gifts are the best.
Art Kits/Sets for Older Kids
- For kids who are younger than teens I would always recommend an art kit like this one. The quality of the supplies doesn’t need to be all that great since they are just trying some of these art supplies out for the first time. Plus, as a kid, when you open this art kit up and see all the colorful items inside, your head explodes. So good.
- These little tiles are the cutest! Your kids can paint on them, and then you peel off the magnets, stick them to the tiles, and voila! Their art can hold up their art on your fridge.
- Oh yes it IS SPIROGRAPH. And you know you want to buy it for yourself, so just pretend to buy it for your kids.
Creativity-Boosting Gifts for Older Kids
- Yep. I wrote this book, I’m proud of this book, and kids love it. Adults love it. Monkeys adore it. But seriously, there are so many fun and silly drawing games in here to get kids drawing, even if they don’t feel confident about their drawing skills. We’re using drawing as a tool here to have fun.
- So I don’t know if this pick is just because I loved Fashion Plates so much as a kid, and these make me nostalgic, or if tons of kids would like them. I suspect the latter.
- Blurb book from your kid’s art – I recommend this in my gifts for teen artists post, too, because kids LOVE to have books of their art.
- Liquid chalk markers for drawing on windows and then erasing away. Oh, yes. How fun is it when you let your kids draw on the windows?
- As a former Ceramics major, I’m all about recommending this little pottery wheel for kids. Faber Castell makes some really fun little art kits and sets for kiddos.
- Scratch art is always fun, and this set comes with stencils and frames, too!
Why Choose Art Gifts for Kids?
Kids learn through play. Certainly toys are wonderful and amazing and important for them to have, but so are art supplies. As our society becomes more and more visually oriented, the need for visually intelligent kids will grow and will only serve to help them in their future lives, no matter what kids decide to pursue.
Kids are naturally attracted to art-making, as you’ve probably witnessed yourself. Even if you shy away from letting them make messes, there are plenty of art gifts for kids that let them get creative without ending up covered in paint. Let me know in the comments if you have any other kid art gifts you love to give!