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Craft Kits for Boys

Updated on May 7, 2014

The Best Craft kits for Boys

Are you looking for craft kits and art supplies for boys? In this modern age of computer games and on demand TV something that can get overlooked is a boy's desire to create. My son loves all the techno stuff but is just as happy with a packet of felt tip pens and some plain white paper. You might be surprised at just how much boys love arts and craft kits, especially if you spend a bit of time doing it with them. Be careful though you might find yourself enjoying it a a bit too much.

There are also dozens of art and craft sets available out there which can really give boys something to get stuck into to and keep them occupied for hours. As I've focused this article on boys, it means I've ommitted the craft kits that some boys might find a bit girly.

Read on for lots of craft kit ideas for boys below.

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Shrinky dinks Monster Lab

Creativity for Kids Shrink Fun Monster Lab
Creativity for Kids Shrink Fun Monster Lab

I had never heard of shrinky dinks until we were given this as a birthday present. Shrinky dinks are plastic figures that when you put in an oven they shrink to about 1/3 of there original size but become a lot thicker and more durable. They can then be colored and and decorated. It might not sound like much but believe me kids love watching these things shrink and I have to admit so did I! Once decorated they can be put in to the pop up monster lab that looks great and can be played with.

We spent the whole day afternoon playing with this as it comes with more than enough figures to let them (or you) experiment. I shall be checking out more shrinky dinks packs in the future that's for sure and I can guarantee you will as well.

 

Paper Airplanes

Klutz Star Wars Folded Flyers: Make 30 Paper Starfighters Craft Kit
Klutz Star Wars Folded Flyers: Make 30 Paper Starfighters Craft Kit

Paper airplanes might not sound like much but if you want something cheap and fun and will keep your children busy for a while then its a good option. I know that its mostly just paper but these kits contain extras like stickers and most importantly instructions on making planes that actually do fly! One thing my son and his friends did is have competitions to see which plane could go the farthest. More fun that you think and cheap.

I especially like the starwars one and I think I actually had more fun than my son when it came to these...

 

Paper Craft Ideas

There are actually lots of great paper crafts you can do at home without a kit. Here are two I did with my son over the Summer.

Paper boats - we made paper boats that actually floated on the water. The picture opposite shows our paper boats floating on the water table. Check out the youtube video on how to make a paper boat.

Paper lanterns - these are really fun and easy to make and you can hang them up in your room when completed. Another Youtube video shows you how.

Another Paper Craft

Video games are popular with many boys, so to encourage them to put down their tablets and games consoles try choosing a kit with a video game theme like the minecraft paper craft below.

Minecraft Papercraft Hostile Mobs Set, Over 30 Piece
Minecraft Papercraft Hostile Mobs Set, Over 30 Piece

Aimed at boys aged 6 and over you can create hostile mobs from minecraft.

The paper is excellent quality and it comes with stickers too.

You can play with the set after you've created it, or have it for decorations.

Some have used it for cake toppers for minecraft themed birthday parties.

 

Create Your Own Books

Creativity for Kids Create Your Own 3 Bitty Books
Creativity for Kids Create Your Own 3 Bitty Books

My son went through a stage of constantly wanting to create books. He did this by sticking pits of paper together with tape and adding picture and writing. They were mainly picture of him as a super hero! That's why I loved this little kit when I cam across it. It contains all the stiff you need to make three little books and the price is cheap as well which means that you could always buy more than one.

 

IlluStory Make Your Own Story Kit

This book making gift kit is great for older boys from aged 6.

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

 

More Car Themed Crafts

Many boys of all ages love cars and there are lots of car themed arts and crafts for boys who like cars and crafts.

There are lots of car crafts you can do at home without any kits. One of my son's favorites was when we opened up a large cardboard box and used his marker pens to draw lots of roads, traffic lights, bridges and lots more for his cars to drive on. For more homemade car craft activities check out 19 car and truck crafts for kids

Check out some kit ideas below.

Creativity for Kids Fast Car Race Cars Craft Kit - Paint and Decorate 3 Wooden Cars
Creativity for Kids Fast Car Race Cars Craft Kit - Paint and Decorate 3 Wooden Cars

You use paints and stickers to design your cars. Then after you've completed them, pull them back and watch them go!

 
SmartLab Toys Car Design Studio
SmartLab Toys Car Design Studio

This is a LED Powered light tracing tablet.

There are lots of car template and accessories. You take the templates, trace over them and use the ones you want to create and design all kinds of different cars.

Boys can create a custom made car for all their families and friends.

 

A Top Craft Kit for Boys - Alex Toys Giant Busy Box

ALEX Toys Little Hands My Giant Busy Box
ALEX Toys Little Hands My Giant Busy Box

I loved this set! My 5 year old son and spent an afternoon together having fun making these. It consists of 16 little projects that range from making animals out of dough, animal puppets or tissue animals. Each project comes individually wrapped so it means that you won't have bits and pieces everywhere plus there is a lot of scope for boys to be creative and add their own touches. I found that once I spent some time helping him he spent a few hours the next day on his own quite content. This would cost you a lot more if you bought the material separately so it saves you a lot of effort. The theme is basically animals but most young children like them anyway, my son certainly did and it made a change from watching TV!

 

Create and Build a Birdhouse - Wood Crafts

Toysmith Build and Paint a Birdhouse
Toysmith Build and Paint a Birdhouse

Wood crafts tend to be more popular with boys, probably due to the building element.

This kit contains an easy to build birdhouse, paint brush and 6 paints. It require no hardwear to build.

The thing I like about this kit is that once you've built and painted it, you can put it outside and watch it attract all the birds.

It's a good project for older boys to do on their own and younger boys can work with an adult to complete it.

 

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Easel

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Easel
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Easel

A standing easel is an excellent way to encourage your child to draw, paint or chalk. I spent a lot time looking for a suitable easel for my son because I wanted one that was easy to clean and could be folded away out of sight. The Melissa & doug easel ticked all these boxes and it was nice and sturdy and could be adjusted to suit different height unlike most others. My son would paint away for ages on his own plus we would use it to draw together and play the occasional game of naughts and crosses. His cousins also enjoyed it as they could all use it at the same time. If you are interested in this then the website link opposite has tons of information about every little detail if you want to read it! Please note that you would also need to by the drawing materials separately

 

Melissa and Doug DYO Range for Boys

Melissa & Doug Decorate-Your-Own Wooden Jet Plane Craft Kit
Melissa & Doug Decorate-Your-Own Wooden Jet Plane Craft Kit

Melissa and Doug do a lovely decorate it yourself range with items for boys.

You have to assemble the plane kit with glue and then paint it. They're are also some aviation themed stickers for them to personalize the plane.

It makes a lovely item for them to display in their bedroom after they've completed it. Or they could just use it for some imaginative play.

 

Mosaic Kits for Boys

Orb Factory Sticky Mosaic Pirates
Orb Factory Sticky Mosaic Pirates

Sticky mosaics are great fun.

You complete the pictures sticking the mosaic piece to it's corresponding number.

The pirate set featured opposite comes with 2700+ sticky foam and jewel pieces, jewels to add sparkle to the craft and numbered pattern helps kids to follow and arrange.

It is recommended for children aged 5 and above.

 

Angry Birds Kit

My son loves angry birds and crafts and if you know a boy that loves both of these things, this is the perfect kit for them.

Cra-Z-Art Angry Birds Super Value Kit
Cra-Z-Art Angry Birds Super Value Kit

Over 150 pieces. Includes tattoos, stickers, cards frames and more. Includes 6 Supertip markers, 3 temporary tattoo sheets, 2 color sticker sheets, 2 sticker sheets to color, 2 velvetbrite posters, 4 posters to color, 2 frames to color, 2 cards to color, 2 envelopes and one 18 page coloring book.

 

Felt-Tip pens, Crayons and Art Supplies.

A good pack of felt-tip pens in my opinion is essential and so versatile. From just drawing pictures to adding details to crafts that they are making. If they're like my son, you already have lots of pens aropund the house with lids missing and pens that have run out. Consider, starting again with one decent pack. I then make sure my son puts them away after using them (with the lids on!).

Younger children will appreciate crayons and there are some great art supply kits too.

Check out some ideas below.

Darice 120-Piece Deluxe Art Set
Darice 120-Piece Deluxe Art Set

This has lots of pens, crayons, paints and accessories including drawing pencil, sharpener, eraser, ruler, sponge and scissors.

It all comes in it's own case which is great for keeping everything together.

It means the set is also portable to take to friend's houses if you wanted to.

 

More Craft Kit Ideas for Boys

Still not found what you're looking for?

Here are a few more

Star Wars Origami: 36 Amazing Paper-folding Projects from a Galaxy Far, Far Away....
Star Wars Origami: 36 Amazing Paper-folding Projects from a Galaxy Far, Far Away....

Many boys love Star Wars and if they do they will probably love this Star Wars origami set.

Transform pieces of paper into Boba Fett, Princess Leia, Yoda, or R2-D2?

 
Orb Factory Sticky Mosaic All Stars
Orb Factory Sticky Mosaic All Stars

Another cool sticky mosaic set but this one features sports designs.

 
Crayola Light Designer,(74-7033)
Crayola Light Designer,(74-7033)

Get creative without making a mess.

Create drawing with light on the round dome.

Features animation and movie features and games.

 
Awesome Origami
Awesome Origami

Another cool origami set but this is more than just paper folding. Bring your origami creations to life with assorted feathers, wiggly eyes, rhinestones, cardboard circles, wooden craft sticks, mizouhiki cords, scissors, glue stick, sparkle paint, ideas, and instructions. Also comes with 100 sheets of origami paper. For ages 8 and up.

 

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      Maritimer LM 4 years ago

      The Monster Lab sounds like a great gift.

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