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Crafts and Activity Kits for Boys

Updated on November 22, 2009

Fun and Creative Activities for Curious Boys!

My son has an artistic and creative mind and has enjoyed drawing and art projects since he was a toddler.  Even now at 11, he is forever swiping my tape dispenser and scissors.  My refrigerator always has a recent creation posted on front for all to admire.  I have tried over the years to nuture this interest but have been disappointed with the selection of arts and crafts projects at my local craft store since they seem to geared primarily to girls and very glittery.  We have run out of family members to give the stepping stones to!

Because of the lack of options in my local store, I have been looking online and have come up with the list of options that you can see below.  I found some wonderful kits and activity sets including art projects, science experiments, robot kits and some plain gross fun!

Grossly Fun!

Close Encounters of the Crafty Kind!

Martian Matter Alien Maker Playset  -  Spaceship
Martian Matter Alien Maker Playset - Spaceship

Get ready for some creative fun that’s totally out of this world! Pop open this alien spaceship to discover all sorts of alien-making technologies, including LUNAR LAVA gel and reusable METEOR MUD compound, which are used to create alien forms! Mix and match the 14 different half-molds to create more than 90 different wacky alien combinations!

 

Disgusting Science!

Scientific Explorer Disgusting Science Kit
Scientific Explorer Disgusting Science Kit

Grow your own friendly germs and fuzzy molds. Mix up a batch of coagulating fake blood. Even make a stinky intestine. Learn the science behind unmentionable bodily functions while doing some truly NASTY experiments.

 

What Boy Doesn't Like Slime??

Scientific Explorer Sci-Fi Slime Science Kit
Scientific Explorer Sci-Fi Slime Science Kit

The supreme slime lab for the budding scientist. Make some of the strangest, most anomalous slime you've ever encountered! Weird slime that changes color with the heat of your hands. Magnetic slime that slithers towards magnets. Even slime that glows eerily in the dark. Learn the science behind these amazing hydrophilic polymers while mixing up gobs and gobs of slime. Now that's out of this world!

 

Suds and Bugs!

Adventures in Curiosity: Gross Soap Making Kit
Adventures in Curiosity: Gross Soap Making Kit

Melt colored glycerin and mold it into eight 2 inch bars of soap with creepy spiders, roaches, geckos and beetles! Maybe if they make it, they will actually USE it!

 

For the Budding Artist!

Draw like A Pro

ALEX Toys Artist Studio Draw Like A Pro
ALEX Toys Artist Studio Draw Like A Pro

Alex Draw like a Pro is a fun and easy way to learn to draw. Turn down the lights, switch on the projector, insert a preprinted slide and trace away. It comes with 124 slides. Also includes six markers, 10 sheets of paper and a flip book.

 

Make a Mosaic

Orb Factory Magnetic Mosaics Kids
Orb Factory Magnetic Mosaics Kids

Kids love the surprise of watching a colorful sea-horse or parrot mysteriously emerge from the black and white numbered templates. Use any of the 20 fun designs or create your own mosaic masterpieces. The 1/2" magnetic foam cubes are easy to handle, and the large easel can be flipped into either portrait or landscape orientations.

 

Just Add Paper!

Loew Cornell Colossal Art Kit, 315-Count
Loew Cornell Colossal Art Kit, 315-Count

This Colossal art kit is made for hours of fun drawing painting coloring and creating. 315 pieces! Kit includes: 60 oil pastels 48 fine line markers 40 chalk pastels 36 watercolor cakes 36 jumbo markers 24 colored pencils 15 stickers and 32 accessories. Everything is stored in a snap-close black square container.

 

Come Play in Crayon Town

Wild Planet Crayola Crayon Town Large Mat Construction Set
Wild Planet Crayola Crayon Town Large Mat Construction Set

Ideal for rainy days or any indoor playtime, the Crayola Crayon Town Large Mat Construction Set gives kids plenty of inspiration for creative and imaginary play. Kids can use the crayons not only to color the three-dimensional construction scenes, but they can also use the crayons to build toy construction equipment, which they can then play with.

 

Make Your Own Book!

Illustory Make-A-Book Kit
Illustory Make-A-Book Kit

Publish your own book with the Illustory Make Your Own Book Kit! This award-winning activity kit allows future authors to write and illustrate their very own story on special book pages provided. Once the story is complete, it is sent to be published, and in a few short weeks the budding writer receives a color-copied, professionally type set hardbound book. Ideal for ages five and up, this innovative kit nurtures enthusiasm for reading, writing, and illustrating.

 

Pixos Ultimate Design Station

Pixos Ultimate Design Station
Pixos Ultimate Design Station

PixOs are tiny, colored beads that adhere together when lightly sprayed by water and allowed to dry. The premise is simple, but it allows kids to create fairly complex sculptures in a non-toxic and mess-free way. Using PixOs, children create designs by placing the beads on a grid-like tray.

 

Learn to Draw a Flip Book!

Quick Draw Flip Books
Quick Draw Flip Books

To make this classic kid activity even easier than ever, Flip Books features several sets of perforated pages, each with a sequence of partially finished pictures illustrating a funny story. Complete the drawings in your own inimitable style. Tear out the pages, bind them with one of our custom clips, and flip them to see your art in action. It's the Rip, Clip, Grip, and Flip methods, and it's the coolest way to make a movie ever.

 

Wikki Stix Big Count Box

Wikki Stix Big Count Box
Wikki Stix Big Count Box

468 Wikki Stix One-of-a-Kind Creatables in 13 colors… all in a "cigar-style" box that is perfect to decorate with Wikki Stix and use for storage. Includes 12-page fun booklet of arts and crafts ideas, plus colorful projects sheets. Easy to use Wikki Stix simply stick to the surface with fingertip pressure... no glue, no paste, no preparation, and no cleanup! Easy for even very young fingers to use. The perfect medium for early creative fun.

 

Paperoni Deluxe Studio

Paperoni Deluxe Studio
Paperoni Deluxe Studio

Create colorful, three-dimensional paper artwork using the Paperoni Deluxe Studio. Designed for ages four to eight, this studio features a kid-safe paper cutter, several self-adhesive molds and templates, and Paperoni paper pieces and rods of various sizes. Simple instructions show kids how to safely cut the paper rods into different sizes, stick them to the templates, and create three-dimensional art. A free-form template allows kids to create a work of art from scratch.

 

Paper Bag Puppets

ALEX Toys Little Hands Paper Bag Puppets
ALEX Toys Little Hands Paper Bag Puppets

Create 5 playful paper bag puppets and put on a show. Just peel, stick, glue and the fun begins. Includes 5 colored bags - 6" x 9.5", over 260 stickers, punch-outs, a chunky glue stick and easy instructions.

 

Make Your Own Cards II - For Boys

Make Your Own Cards II
Make Your Own Cards II

Make monsters, trucks and space aliens! Your child will love creating wildly imaginative and vibrantly-colored greeting cards, holiday wishes, thank-you notes and invitations. Contains over 800 Pop-Outs!TM (fun and easy pop-out shapes), 20 cards & envelopes, and a glue stick.

 

Shrinky Dinks

Shrinky Dinks Cool Stuff Activity Set
Shrinky Dinks Cool Stuff Activity Set

Make lots of cool SHRINKY DINKS designs to stand up, make keychains and more! Includes over 20 precut shapes, 8 colored pencils, key chains, magnets, pipe cleaners and stands.

 

Educational Fun

(shhhhhh, it'll be our secret!)

Mind Blowing Science!

Scientific Explorer Mind Blowing Science Kit
Scientific Explorer Mind Blowing Science Kit

Mind blowing experiments to delight and educate young scientists! Erupt a color changing volcano. Mix up magic ooze with a mind of its own. Play with sand that never gets wet. Mix safe chemicals and watch colors change before your eyes. You'll amaze yourself and your friends as you explore the science behind these truly remarkable reactions.

 

MythBusters Weird World of Water

Scientific Explorer Mythbusters Weird World of Water
Scientific Explorer Mythbusters Weird World of Water

From the #1 series on Discovery Mythbusters uses science to determine the truth behind urban legends. Using scientific method an plain old-fashioned curiosity and ingenuity, the Mythbusters test myths both widely-known and obscure, potentially life saving and seemingly trivial. They've tested the best way to get out of a sinking car, whether toast always falls buttered side down, if a bunch of balloons could actually carry you away, and much more.

 

More Mythbusters!

We love watching the Mythbusters on the Discovery Channel...learning and entertainment all in one!

Tasty Science!

Scientific Explorer Tasty Science Kit
Scientific Explorer Tasty Science Kit

Yum! Who knew science could taste so good? With this kit, you'll whip up cupcakes, cookies, candy, and more--all in the name of science! Learn what makes cakes rise, candy crystallize, and more real chemistry that happens in the kitchen.

 

Boys Love Things that go Boom!

4M Volcano Making Kit
4M Volcano Making Kit

Make your own volcano and watch as it erupts with bubbling, fizzing "lava". Kit includes fast drying plaster, volcano mold, paint, paint brush and stir stick. Requires baking soda and vinegar for eruption (not included).

 

Feel the Power of the Force!

I had to add these activity kits because my son absolutely loves Star Wars!

Luke....I am your father...

Star Wars Science - Darth Vader Robotic Arm
Star Wars Science - Darth Vader Robotic Arm

Man or machine? Now you can build a robotic arm just like the one used by Darth Vader. Learn to operate the Darth Vader Robotic Arm, extending and turning the arm and even controlling the fingers.

 

Harness the Power of your Mind!

Star Wars Science - Force Trainer
Star Wars Science - Force Trainer

The Force Trainer by Uncle Milton actually allows you to control a Jedi Training Remote with your mind, by tapping into cutting-edge brainwave technology. Utilizing dry EEG sensor technology, the headset reads and interprets your brainwaves. The deeper your concentration and mental focus, the greater your ability to move the Training Remote up or down the Training Tower. Progress from Padawan to Jedi Master as you master the use of “The Force” through 15 levels of training.

 

R2-D2 to the Rescue!

Play-doh Star Wars Playset
Play-doh Star Wars Playset

This little droid is big fun when it comes to molding, shaping and other creativity! Use your PLAY-DOH compound to make a cool-push out lightsaber, “activate” this R2-D2 figure’s side jets and even make more tools for him. Then make him other out-of-this-world friends by stamping C-3PO, Ahsoka and Obi-Wan Kenobi characters with stamps on this droid’s feet, molding an Anakin Skywalker character and even stamping other Star Wars movie-themed shapes. When playtime is over, just put all of your tools inside your special droid friend so that they’re safely stored for the next time you’ve got to save the galaxy!

 

Robots & Electronic Kits

Turn a tin can into a Robot!

4M Tin Can Robot
4M Tin Can Robot

Turns a metal soda can into this walking, wobbling, bug-eyed robot. I toculd be transformed to become a robotic monster as well. Millions of metal drink cans are thrown away everyday. You need to recycle one of them to complete this project. Ages 8+

 

Snap Circuits

Snap Circuits SC-300 Electronics Discovery Kit
Snap Circuits SC-300 Electronics Discovery Kit

Electronic Snap Circuits by Elenco is an award-winning toy for budding engineers eight years old and above. The SC-300 model includes over 60 parts for creating more than 300 exciting projects. With lights, sounds, motors, and more, you'll not only enjoy creating beeping games, but also learn about basic electronics as well!its

 

Planes, Trains and Automobiles!

Fold'n Fly Airplanes!

Fold N Fly Paper Airplanes Kit
Fold N Fly Paper Airplanes Kit

Make 18 paper airplanes with cool designs and stickers. Includes 18 two-sided printed papers, stickers, folding tool, and easy instruction book packed in a printed storage folder.

 

EZ Build Locomotive

EZ Build Projects: Locomotive
EZ Build Projects: Locomotive

With this crafty kit, your little builder can build his first model masterpiece - a wooden locomotive with moving wheels. A perfect rainy day activity, this EZ Build Project comes with everything needed to ensure first-time success. Set includes easy-to-follow instructions, pre-cut sanded wood, hardware and a screwdriver. Perfect for pretend play or propping up on a separately.

 

ZOOBMobile Car Designer Set

ZOOB RacerZ Car Designer
ZOOB RacerZ Car Designer

ZOOB is "The Moving, Mind-Building Modeling System". The five ZOOB shapes move after you have put them together, allowing endless fun with your ZOOB creations! 3 Instruction Guides, for Basic Connections, 9 ZOOBMobile Vehicles, plus 4 Jumbo Vehicles!

 

Let know what you think of these craft and activity kits!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What fun crafts and activities for boys! Great job pulling these all together! :)

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      oztoo lm 7 years ago

      Hmm I could have fun with some of these myself. Great Selection.

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      happynutritionist 7 years ago

      My now-grown son has a creative mind, too, so many new toys they have now! Nice, 5stars and lensroll to toys for nature lovers lens ~claudia

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      momto4 lm 7 years ago

      My boys would love these! Especially my 6yr old. Great lens!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      My daughter would love to have some of those gross when she was younger. In fact she did. Nice lens!

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      As the mother of 3 boys I can see that you have chosen some great toys for boys! Mine loved the science kits and making things.

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      Mary 7 years ago from Chicago area

      great selection! 5* and rolling this to Stocking Stuffers for Artistic Kids

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      As a mom of (now grown) sons, I love these selections!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Absolutely wonderful craft and activity kits for boys. I can think of some little girls who would love them too.