Crafting is a fantastic way for tweens to de-stress, get creative and have fun! With help from our expert panel of kids aged 9 to 12, we’ve put together the ultimate list of the best craft toys for tweens. From sewing to drawing to paper planes, here are all of our top picks! They make great gifts too!
Tried & Tested Craft Toys
- Felt Puppies Creative Sewing Kit
- World Map Pillowcase
- Glow Art
- Hide and Seek Rock Painting
- Amazing Magic Pens
- Drawing School
- Paper Planes
- Perfume Lab
- Butterfly Crossbody Bag
Know a tween who loves to sew? This adorable crafting kit contains everything you need to make three puppies: a Daschund, a Scottie and a Terrier. When you’re finished sewing, you can turn your three cute creations into two brooches and a keyring. The lovely carry box contains beads, high-quality cotton fabric, and a needle and thread. The kit comes with full step-by-step instructions and templates, so it’s as easy as it is fun!
Colour your way around the world
Colouring is a great way to de-stress and clear the mind. This fantastic pack comes with a cotton pillowcase and ten bright wash-out pens. The map illustration is brimming with fun facts, wild animals and exotic sea creatures, so it’s educational too. Once you’ve coloured everything, stick a pillow inside to display your work! Want to keep on colouring? You can pop the case into the washing machine and start all over again. Infinite relaxation!
Light it up!
Artists and creatives will have endless fun with this brilliant light-up drawing board. The pink frame features a see-through screen, enabling you to trace your favourite pictures. When inspiration strikes, you can create original works of art with the bright fluorescent marker pens. Switch on the frame to illuminate your masterpiece in 36 different ways and colours with a luminous neon glow effect. Wipe clean with a dry cloth to start all over again. Brilliant!
Rock and roll…and paint!
Have you heard of the painted rock craze? It’s a global game of hide-and-seek, which has gotten children everywhere to explore the outdoors and hunt for hidden rocks! This kit comes with everything you need to create your own painted rocks, including six smooth river stones, six acrylic paints and two paintbrushes. It also comes with a 48-page book, bursting with tips, tricks and step-by-step instructions. Hours of crafty, outdoorsy fun!
Clever, creative and crafty tweens will love this set of 25 Marvin’s Magic Pens! Sure, they may look like ordinary pens, but trust us, they’re magical! Inside the box are colour-change pens, invisible pens and so much more. Transform and erase colours instantly, and even create stunning 3D letters. Write secret messages that can only be revealed with special white pens. The possibilities are truly endless!
Art school in a box
This one is a fabulous choice for the aspiring artist or cartoonist in your life. This highly original kit teaches kids to draw animals in progressive steps. Start by assembling the puzzle piece guides, and then graduate to copying the animal illustrations onto the wipe-clean board. The board comes with a draw-and-erase felt-tip pen and a stencil to aid in drawing. Animals, art, awesomeness!
Just plane fun!
Remember how much fun it was to make paper planes? Now you can share this classic pastime with the tween in your life! This cool set teaches kids how to build 60 quick, impressive and stylish paper planes. The kit contains easy-to-follow instructions and clearly marked sheets of paper in retro designs. Fold them up and take to the skies!
Invent a scent!
A fantastic introduction to the art of perfume blending, this fun kit shows you how to mix top, middle and base fragrance notes just like a professional perfumer. The kit comes with five different fragrances to test and blend, plastic pipettes, gift bottles, labels and a colour activity guide. Invent a scent to match your style or create unique perfumes for friends and family. A truly original craft toy!
Colour and personalise your very own designer bag with this cool pack! The kit comes with ten bright washout fabric pens so that you can doodle, wash and re-doodle! The zipped, cotton bag with neoprene lining features a butterfly and garden design for you to decorate. The bag comes with a long cotton strap so that you can wear it across your body. Perfect for fashionistas and future designers!
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What did the artist draw before she went to bed? The curtains!