Stave off boredom in your tweens with craft kits! We know the tween ages are not an easy time. They’re wanting to discover independence and socialize with their friends, which can make it difficult to keep them happy at home and content with family time. Craft kits can offer some assistance on both fronts.
A fun surprise to find in the mail each month, art kits and craft projects are a great way to keep hands and minds occupied and engaged. In fact, arts & crafts provide an opportunity to support their independence or create some bonding time by crafting together.
The Cratejoy marketplace is full of craft kits that are perfect for tweens. We’ve gone ahead and put together a list of 15 of our favorite hands-on monthly subscriptions that are packed with DIY crafts and plenty of crafty fun!
Price: Starts at £7.50 GBP
What's Included: The Emma Jewell Crafts Box is on the lookout for glitter lovers and crafty spirits! It's time to get in the mood for making each month with a craft-tastic mix of at least 15 items in every box. A great gift idea that can keep the craft supplies well stocked, each box delivers a mix that includes ephemera and paper products, crafting tools, supplies, odd bits and pieces, stickers, hand-mixed glitter and sequins, and a Mini mag filled with craft ideas. Dive into on-trend themes and plenty of inspiration.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.K. on the 15th of etheery month
Price: Starts at $30.00
What's Included: Promoting creativity for kids and tweens isn’t always easy, but each monthly box from Terra Create is designed to do just that. Each box comes packed with all that’s needed to craft 1 trendy, gender-neutral project, including natural materials, full-color printed instructions and illustrative step-by-steps, along with high-quality tools that are both project specific and great for future use. Unbox the goodies to craft everything from dream catchers to tie-dyed shirts.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. around the 20th of the month
Price: Starts at $29.99
What's Included: Girls-That-Make is a clever monthly subscription for tween girls that delivers a progressive curriculum of learning projects, where each project builds on the one that came before it. Great for 12 year olds and up, each box includes coordinating materials and easy-to-follow instructions to create 1 project with the intention to teach girls all about circuits, electronics and programming through wearable tech projects, including bracelets, bags and more.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from Canada every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the month
Price: Starts at $18.95
What's Included: Take the crafting to the kitchen with each monthly box from Whisk Takers. An easy-to-follow baking subscription that delivers pre-measured ingredients and plenty of instructional assistance, tweens will love whipping up large batches of brownies or cupcakes to share with friends and family each month. Good for both newbies or tweens with experience, this activity kit will simplify the process of from-scratch baking and satisfy any sweet tooth.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S.
Price: Starts at $35.42
What's Included: Finally, there's a fun way to get the tweens in the house excited for family time. The Owl Box from The Salty Owl Studio is brimming with kids crafts and activities that will excite children ages 9+. With all the planning and prep work done, just unpack the materials and instructions needed for an at-home art project, plus 1 new family game, a tasty snack, a tween-friendly recipe and a monthly movie pick for the whole family to enjoy.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 20th of the current month or the 5th of the following month
Price: Starts at $43.95
What's Included: Together Unplugged provides the perfect opportunity to put away all the screens and spend some quality time as a family. Craft and play together with a monthly box that’s packed with interactive games for kids 6 and up. Filled with lesser-known board games, silly holiday fun, conversation starters, MadLibs, jigsaw puzzles and more, each box is designed to strengthen family bonds and connections.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 4th of the month
Price: Starts at $29.00
What's Included: Outside The Box Creation is more than just a one-and-done project subscription; it’s an art class in a box! Designed to send enough supplies for 2 children, or for your tween and you, each monthly box packs in plenty of fun with crafty art supplies and easy-to-follow instructions that ensure creative success and promote spending quality time with one another.
Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. on the 7th-9th of the month
Price: Starts at $24.00
What's Included: Perfect for any tween with an aptitude for drawing and creating, ArtSnacks is a monthly art set that's all about delivering the latest and greatest art tools and teaching new fun techniques for any creative musings. Bringing 4-5 full-size tried-and-tested premium art products in every box, exploring new supplies, different brushes and tools, and new mediums and methods has never been easier.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the last business day of the month
Price: Starts at $36.00
What's Included: Sewing kits from PattyMack Fabrics provide a unique opportunity for tweens to get inspired to create with fabric. Available in 2 different subscription levels, opt for either Quick and Fun Sewing Projects or the Table Runner Club, to sew everything from makeup bags and aprons, to patchwork table runners. With easy-to-follow sewing patterns, fun patterned fabrics, and sewing notions, each monthly box helps to teach valuable sewing and piece-working skills.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. by the 5th of the month
Price: Starts at $24.95
What's Included: Groovy Lab in a Box is a science kit that mixes arts and crafts with STEM subjects to help kids ages 8+ to develop science, technology, engineering and math skills through hands-on experiments. Intentionally created to blend scientific inquiry with the engineering design process, each box comes with the necessary supplies your tweens need to create 1 project that's all about problem solving and invention.
Shipping: Ship to select countries from the U.S. around the 30th of the month
Price: Starts at $17.95
What's Included: Happy subscribers attest to the value that's packed into each monthly Bargain Bead Box. A perfect jewelry making kit for tweens who want to try their hand at crafting bracelets, necklaces and earrings, each month's themed delivery sends 12-16 packs and strands of top-quality beads and findings, along with detailed info on their materials and sizes. With themes like mermaids and owls, it's a great chance to create original adornments every month.
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. on the 10th of the month
Price: Starts at $22.00
What's Included: Promote spending quality time with friends or siblings with a monthly subscription to The Clay Box. The brainchild of a professional art teacher, each box is specifically designed to help kids develop their fine motor skills, while getting creative and having hands-on fun. Each box brings a new clay project, along with all that's needed to create a one-of-a-kind sculpture, including a photographic step-by-step guide.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 15th of every month
Price: Starts at $30.00
What's Included: One of the best gifts for any tween who enjoys crafting stylish pieces, the Craft in Style Box arrives at the front door ready to roll, bringing all the materials, supplies, tools, step-by-steps and online tutorials needed to make a unique craft project. From beautiful wall hangings and handmade candles, to painted pottery and string art, creative fun awaits in every box!
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. within 3 business days of receipt of order
Price: Starts at $29.99
What's Included: Your tween can start their very first scrapbook with the goodies packed into each Papercraft Box from Paper House Productions. Curated specifically to make multiple coordinating projects, each box brings a themed selection of high-quality 12"x12" double-sided scrapbooking papers, along with whimsical stickers, washi tape and plenty of adornments. With themes ranging from seasonal holidays to Harry Potter, it's the perfect arts and crafts kit for any tween.
Shipping: Ships to select countries from the U.S. on the 10th of the following month
Price: Starts at $18.33
What's Included: Bringing slimy gooey goodness in every box, theslim3ry is a monthly subscription that celebrates slime in its many variations. Each uniquely themed box delivers an assortment of slime, in a wide range of colors and sparkling with plenty of glittery, confetti-like add ins, along with candies, treats and accessories that coordinate with the monthly theme. From unicorns to patriotic pride, each box is sure to delight.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. by the 4th of the month