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Empower, Create, Play: 10 Unique Arts & Crafts Gifts from Women-Owned Workshops


In case you haven’t connected the dots from our obsessively detailed sock puppet art, we were crafty kids. When we got good reports cards our mother would take us to Michaels and let us pick out a craft. Some of our favorites made the list below, others are crafts we wish existed back then. Here’s a gift a list of our top 10 arts & crafts for kids made by women-owned businesses.


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1. MINI FACE PAINT KIT by LEAH FANNING at NATURAL EARTH PAINT

The closest we got to face painting as kids was sneaking into our mother’s room and putting on her lipstick. But now it’s all the rage and Leah Fanning at Natural Earth Paint has made sure it is safe, too. She has created very high quality, vibrant paint and art supplies that are truly non-toxic, natural and sustainably made with children in mind. The Natural Face Paint is a kid favorite and is now a staple for many families during Halloween and celebrations!


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2. ROBOTIC DINOSAUR KIT by PINWHEEL CRAFTS

In our day, girls’ and boys’ toys were still very separated, so we never would have been given this awesome robotic dinosaur kit. Did we miss out! This is the perfect kids’ arts and crafts science kit and STEM painting kit to help kids ignite their scientific curiosity while building and painting their favorite dinosaurs. The package contains easy to follow instructions, eight paint colors, two paint brushes and glue to make these wooden dinosaur toys. But the best part is that the kit comes with the controller to animate your kid’s creations so he or she can see them in action.


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3. STAINED-GLASS MADE EASY ACTIVITY KIT by MELISSA AND DOUG BERNSTEIN from MELISSA & DOUG

Hands down making these kinds of stained-glass kits were our favorite craft as kids. This art kit is an exciting yet easy way to create elegant and beautiful “stained-glass" arts and crafts. And it’s much safer and neater than the “make-it-bake-it” version of our youth (with the little plastic pellets you melted in the oven). Simply peel and press stickers onto the stained-glass kit’s grooved frame to create luminous art. The kit promotes problem solving skills, fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.


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4. KIDS ORIGAMI PAPER KIT by PINWHEEL CRAFTS

The Children’s Museum in Boston introduced us to origami when we were kids growing up in Massachusetts. We wish we had this kit then. It unleashes creativity with 30 origami flower projects, crafting vibrant bouquets in multiple colors — perfect for kids' artistic adventures. The bundle includes Japanese origami paper, 30 buttons and jewels, 20 flexible stems and a 40-page DIY origami book guide for beginners to create personalized floral masterpieces.


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5. NON-TOXIC PAINT KIT by LEAH FANNING at NATURAL EARTH PAINT

Like the Natural Earth Face Paint, the Natural Earth Paint kit is 100% non-toxic. It is their best-selling, item and creates a creamy, water-based paint when mixed with water. The paints are made with natural earth pigments, organic corn starch and gum arabic (tree sap) and are washable and clean up quickly with just water. Each kit contains six colors of natural earth paint (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and brown), a set of six biodegradable mixing cups and lids, a bamboo paint brush and an Earth Art booklet with nature-based craft tutorials.


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6. FLOWERPOT KIT by PINWHEEL CRAFTS

This adorable flowerpot kit will be a hit with the crafty kiddos on your gift list. It comes with three planters, eight paints, two brushes, googly eyes (who doesn’t love googly eyes!?) and more. Little ones can decorate their own pot with three different critter designs or you kiddos can create their own creatures with this complete pot painting kit.


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7. DIY MUSIC BOX CRAFT KIT by PINWHEEL CRAFTS

How cute are these? Kids can construct and decorate their wooden music boxes, creating an ideal DIY experience for those who enjoy music, building, and painting. The kit includes materials for three projects — basic, gramophone and carousel music box assembly, eight paint colors to decorate the assembled pieces, two paint brushes and glue. Introduce your kids to STEM learning in a fun and interactive way with wooden boxes for crafts that produce music.


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8. WOODEN MULTI-CRAFT WEAVING LOOM by MELISSA AND DOUG BERNSTEIN from MELISSA & DOUG

When our mom was in art school, she learned to weave and we were always fascinated by the art form, but we never had anything like this. This Melissa & Doug Wooden Multi-Craft Weaving Loom contains everything kids need, including adjustable wooden loom, oversized wooden needle, craft materials, an illustrated design booklet, and 91 yards of rainbow yarn. Not only is weaving for kids exciting and productive it improves concentration and hand-eye coordination, promotes fine motor skills and encourages creative expression and self-esteem. There are four craft projects to choose from, or kids can create three colorful animal picture tapestries.


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9. SOAP MAKING KIT by PINWHEEL CRAFTS

Make bath time more fun when kids use soap they made themselves. This soap maker kit includes everything your child needs to make their own soap including molds, soap base, two essential oil scents, three dye colors and glitter. There are enough soap making supplies to create 16 fragrant soap bars. Inspire scientific curiosity as children learn about the chemistry and science behind soap making.


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10. PARACORD BRACELET KIT by PINWHEEL CRAFTS

Growing up, we made gimp bracelets with our cousins, remember those? Well now kids can make Paracord Bracelets with this kit. It contains everything they need to create their own stylish bracelet including 50+ feet of colorful paracord, eight buckles and five charms. This bracelet making kit is engaging and easy to make for kids. The craft kit comes with step-by-step instructions so kiddos can easily design their own unique jewelry.


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