Are you at a loss of what to do with your kids when they can’t get outside? They’ve already spent enough time watching TV, have read every book on the bookshelf, have exhausted all of the markers and aren’t interested in playing hide ‘n’ seek for the hundredth time. If this is you, you should take a peek at activity kits. The best activity kits go beyond your average arts and crafts projects—coloring and painting—and make your kids think outside of the box. These kits aren’t really activities that you could put together yourself without putting in a lot of effort. Our picks won’t just keep them occupied for an afternoon either. There will still be leftover crafts in each kit, so you can use it for months.
In these all-encompassing kits, you get absolutely everything you need. You don’t need to run out to get extra stuff to make these kits a viable afternoon activity. There are also easy instructions inside, so if, for example, you have no clue how to do origami you’re able to help your kids. Your children will love learning how to do something new.
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1. Made By Me Create Your Own Window Art
Plan multiple afternoons of fun with this window art creations kit. Your kids can make up to 12 suncatchers and use acetate sheets to create their own designs, which you can proudly display in the window and allow the sun to shine through. There are four tubes of paint along with glitter paint pens to add some extra shimmer to your kids’ creations. This kit is meant for kids ages 6 and up and comes with an easy-to-follow instruction kit.
2. FunzBo Fuse Beads Craft Kit
Your kids can create their favorite characters, animals and objects with this comprehensive bead kit. This kit has a whopping 5500 beads, which come in 21 different colors, and nine different pegboards. There are 30 patterns inside, so your little one can follow along to put the correct beads in the correct places. When they’re done, you just have to iron the beads to fuse them together and then you’re done. You can choose to get this kit in a small or large size.
3. My First Origami Kit
If you want an activity for your kids that doesn’t require a ton of clean-up, check out this origami kit. Teaching your kids these intricate series of folds to create critters and other fun shapes will not only help them develop their motor skills, it’ll also help them learn how to follow instructions carefully. This kit is meant for beginners and includes 22 projects, 60 pieces of origami paper and 150 stickers. The stickers help show the kids the details of the animal they created.