Art subscription boxes for kids aren't just hands-on handicrafts. Unboxing imagination and discovery every month means even more now than it did in 2019. The pandemic's socially distant playdates and video calls try to connect, but there's nothing quite like hands-on connection for kids of all ages.
An art project is a great way to stimulate restless minds and keep idle hands moving. However, it takes patience and focus to pick out new supplies (and make sure you have enough materials) for a project each month. Keep those kiddos' appetites hungry for play and imagination with arts and craft subscription boxes shipped to your door. These also make great birthday gifts for the littles in your life.
The Cratejoy market has an awesome collection of DIY and craft subscription boxes for kids in every age range, and we're showing off a few favorites.
The best arts and crafts subscription boxes for kids
Price: Starts at $25.00/month
Why You'll Love It: The We Craft Box has over 250 reviews and there's a reason this award-winning monthly kids craft kit is so beloved. Curated for ages 3-9, We Craft Box includes video tutorials and promises that the kits can be shared between two children. Whether you're looking for a homeschool art project or to engage your little crafters on the weekends, this month subscription has proven worth it time and time again.
Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. with free shipping for U.S. orders
Price: Starts at $34.99/month
Why You'll Love It: Outside the Box Creation priorities engaging, educational fun. From crayons to problem-solving, kiddos will build new skills each month with the box's "no wrong answers in art" approach. From the first box, subscribers rave about the customer service. While geared to kids, a few reviewers have even purchased this box for Alzheimer's patients and found it wonderful.
Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. on or near the 7th of each month
Price: Starts at £18.50 GBP/month
Why You'll Love It: Make + Wonder is made with empowering female artists in mind! The creative activity box for 3 to 10-year-olds comes with an illustrated story of the artist and four sweet creative idea cards in each single box. This teacher-built crate brings freeform art to the doorstep with curated supplies that still let kids create.
Shipping: Ships to select countries from the United Kingdom; first month boxes and subsequent boxes ship on the 6th of the month
Price: Starts at $33.50/month
What's Included: A monthly art project waiting to happen in every box, Paletteful Packs sends you everything you need to create a work of art. All necessary, artist-quality supplies are included. Supplies will vary monthly in the artist box—from watercolor and canvases to markers and sketch pads, Paletteful Packs promises new, fun activities every time. Perfect for all ages and skill levels. The packs from free of extremely detailed instructions and designed to let your imagination play with the materials.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the US between the 10th-20th of each month
Price: Starts at $22.49/month
Why You'll Love It: This amazing box, full of unique crafts, toys, and surprises, is so popular that subscribers are even gifting it! The colorful boxes are an immediate sensory delight along with the items that aren't just art supplies. One reviewer notes that the box was too juvenile for her 11-year-old grandson, so even though it says ages 4-12, it's important to think about who you're gifting for.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S.
Price: Starts at $33.95/month
Why You'll Love It: KidArtLit wants to give your kids experiences, rather than more stuff. Created by moms and education experts, each monthly box includes the best, most recent kids' picture books accompanied by thoughtful, age-appropriate projects and high-quality supplies for two kids. These projects are specifically designed for kids age 3-8 and are open-ended to make more about the experience than some specific outcome. Even better? Every project has enough supplies do twice so kids can repeat the experience with friends or siblings.
Shipping: Ships in the US on the 15th of each month
Price: Starts at $29.16/month
Why You'll Love It: The Preschool Box is an opportunity to get your preschooler or kindergartener excited about learning from the beginning! Each monthly box includes 16+ fun, simple, and hands-on activities, crafts and games. Each experience will teach your child beginning phonics skills, counting, shapes, colors, and writing. The Preschool Box is a perfect way to encourage learning, reading and creativity in children ages 3-6. Every box also includes stickers, a book, and a Parent Guide.
Shipping: Ships to select countries from the US on the 6th of every month
Price: Starts at $22.55/month
Why You'll Love It: A modern and contemporary take on a classic, Guide Dots is an art kit that helps your child unlock their artistic potential using "strategically placed dots" and accompanying online video instruction. Kids learn how to draw images from the dots and then fill them in with bonus markers and more! Projects are paced for an ever-evolving curriculum — and your favorite projects can also be reused, making it a perfect gift for the young artist.
Shipping: Ships in the US around the 10th of each monthD
Price: Starts at $24.00/month
Why You'll Love It: Want to learn a new art technique every month? Let ArtSnacks inspire you with a crafty art box of unique, high-quality art supplies accompanied by a "Menu" describing each product and how to use them. Discover new products, limited-edition tools, exclusive supplies, and useful techniques in each monthly subscription box. All products have tested extensively so they're curated to work perfectly together. Once you subscribe you will also be given an opportunity to join their exclusive online community.
Shipping: Ships in the US on the last business day of each month