BUDGET FRIENDLY, creative learning GIFTS FOR KIDS! Does your child want to embark on a new adventure or learn a new skill? These kids activities and books will help keep “at home” boredom at bay and even “spark” an interest in a fresh new subject!
books & activities make the best gifts for kids!
Here’s a list of books or activity kits geared for ages 6 up that provide creative, adventurous learning! As of Mom of 5 and the owner of a children’s second-hand shop for over 16 years, that BOOKS & activity sets are the way to go for a gift! Today, I will show you a few of the favorites that I recommend.
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Learn a new skill books – GIFTS FOR KIDS
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS GUIDE TO PHOTOGRAPHY: Tips & Tricks on How to Be a Great Photographer From the Pros & Your Pals at My Shot (ages 8 & up)
Here’s a fun, fact-filled, kid-friendly guide that is jam-packed with all the essentials for budding photographers. From how to set up a shot and stage the lighting and from the best software to short assignments, you’ll learn all the important photographic concepts and basics of equipment, lighting aperture, lenses, depth of field, and more.
LEARN & WRITE CODE YOUR OWN GAME (ages 6-11) – 80 pages
Become a super-coder and create your very own computer games using Scratch—a free software developed by MIT. With its easy-to-follow, illustrated step-by-step instructions, this book will teach you key concepts—like drawing shapes—so you can code your own games.
KIDS WOODWORKING BOOK (ages 8-12)
This kid-friendly guide covers the essentials of carpentry, including the proper way to drive a nail, the safe way to drill a hole, and the importance of measuring. You’ll be amazed at how fast your miniature carpenter acquires the skills to complete 15 projects that include game boards, playsets, lemonade stands, birdhouses, equine sawhorses, and more.
creative books – GIFTS FOR KIDS
WRITE YOUR OWN COMIC BOOK – (ages kids & up) 150 pages
Blank Comic Book: Draw Your Own Comics – 150 Pages of Fun and Unique Templates
Kids love making their own cartoons and comics and, this Blank Comic Book for Kids is the book you need. Filled with comic book templates of various styles, with 150 pages, this book will keep budding artists busy for hours.
THE COMPLETE KIT FOR ALL YOUR SEWING NEEDS: Always be prepared for anything with this mini sewing kit from Sew Craft Cook! We’ve designed our exclusive, DIY sewing kits with all the essential sewing accessories, including 18 thread spools, iron-on hem tape, denim patches, sharp scissors, sewing pins, and much more!
Art & crafts for kids
FUN & EASY CRAFTING with RECYCLED MATERIALS (ages 6-11)
Transform paper rolls, egg cartons, newspaper, and cardboard into colorful decorations, amazing wearable masks, hats, and jewelry, or even sturdy desk organizers, puzzles, and paint palettes. Get ready to unleash your imagination with 60 unique crafts! 160 pages—INCLUDES 12 CUT-OUT TEMPLATES!
FASHION DESIGN ACTIVITY KIT by Melissa & Doug (ages 5-10)
A very popular item that is a spin-off from the rub on Fashion Plates back in the ’80s. Melissa & Doug’s quality makes this a great GIFT IDEA! We have sold 100’s of these in our shop along with some of their other models.
MOSAIC STICKER BOOKS (3 Pack) by Melissa & Doug (ages 7 & up)
Safari, Ocean and Nature theme. Match number-coded stickers to numbered spaces on 12 lushly drawn full-color scenes per pad and see the animals and nature scenes come to life.
- Create beautiful mosaic art with this set of 3 mosaic sticker pads (safari, ocean, nature) with 12 scenes to complete and a total of more than 2, 500 stickers
- Sticker sheets correspond with scenes and are removable for easy matching
- Help encourage focus and concentration, all s well as fine motor and problem-solving skills
- Makes a perfect gift for kids to adults, ages 7 and older, For hands-on, screen-free creativity
CHILD’S INTRODUCTION TO FAMOUS ART (ages 9 & adults)
activity books for school aged kids
These are 3 of our FAVORITE activity books and one of my GO-TO ideas for great GIFTS for school aged KIDS! I don’t think that a week goes by without my two youngest children creating in one of these books! There are “boredom busters” and spark creativity and imagination. (Perfect for an art class for homeschooling;)
WRECK THIS JOURNAL – 224 pages (school age to adult)
A spectacular coloring and painting edition of the incredible journal that started it all, in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the 10-million-copy international bestseller!
CREATE THIS BOOK #2 – 200 pages (school age to adult)
With all the same fun and inspiration power as the original, Create This Book 2 includes a fresh set of 100 unique prompts designed to get your creativity flowing. Each prompt will get you thinking outside the box and making something amazing! Check out Author, Moriah Elizabeth, on Youtube for ideas, tips, and inspiration.
CREATE THIS BOOK #1 (school age to adult)
This is the ultimate outlet for creativity. Includes 235 pages of unique and inspiring prompts to get you in the creative zone! Whether you are trying to get past an artist’s block, wanting to become more creative, or just looking to have some fun, you will love this interactive journal! Want to learn more?
CLICK HERE for CREATE THIS BOOK 1 YOUTUBE TUTORIAL from the author Moriah Elizabeth!
KIDS music Books
READING MUSIC 101 BOOK – 384 pages
KIDS Science books
AWESOME ENGINEERING ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS! (ages 5-10) – 198 pages
Build Excitement for Engineering! 50+ Exciting STEAM Projects to Design and Build! Make engineering for kids fun and inspiring. From toothpick towers and marble runs to egg drops and water rockets. BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THEIR ENTIRE SERIES OF STEM ACTIVITY BOOKS!
OUTDOOR SCIENCE LAB FOR KIDS (ages 8-12) – pages 144
Learn physics, chemistry, and biology in your own backyard! In Outdoor Science Lab for Kids, scientist and mom Liz Heinecke has created 52 family-friendly labs designed to get you and yours outside in every season.
Outdoor activiTy kids books
more GIFTS FOR KIDS Ideas!
The topics of FUN, EDUCATIONAL, and CREATIVE possibilities are ENDLESS!
Baking, Cooking, or Barbecuing
Cake and Cookie Decorating
Bug and Insect Discovery
Indoor Gardens (Herbs, Air Plants or Succulents)
Outdoor Gardening (Fruits, Flowers or Veggies)
Rock Painting or Collecting
How to Build Books
Entrepreneur 101 for Kids!
Silly Riddle, Tongue Twister, or Joke Books
Would love to have you SHARE with us your favorite ideas and recent adventures!
SHOP OUR TOP 8 CRAFT & DIY SUPPLIES
Here are our FAVORITE art & craft supplies that I always try to have on hand. These items will be used in countless craft and DIY projects that we will be sharing with you! I have added the shopping links to the products below so you can have these items on hand as well!
“MUST HAVE” CRAFTING SUPPLIES
1. Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paint (extra bottles of white for the look of icing)
2. Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint by Plaid (even though it’s very inexpensive we have never had a problem with coverage)
3. Mod Podge Water-based Sealer, Glue & Decoupage Finish (gloss version) & (matte version)
4. Sculpey Polymer Clay – I could do an entire post just on the different things my kids create each week with this amazing clay!
5. Sharpie Permanent Markers– I use these often in my business and now find us using them quite a bit for our projects as well!
6. E-6000 Glue – Using this in a well-vented space for sure! But it works very well.
7. Burlap Roll 5 inches wide – Burlap is compostable which is just one reason why I use it in a variety of projects.
8. Jute Twine String– Biodegradable & environmentally friendly and used in dozens of household projects