If you’re looking for an arts and crafts gift, and want to shop outside the pink and blue boxes of gender stereotypes, check out our inclusive gift guide for fun arts and crafts present ideas for children.
This gift guide is a celebration of brilliant, creative toys, marketed in a way that encourages both boys and girls to explore a wonderfully diverse world of making and doing.
All shops featured on this page have received the Let Toys Be Toys “Toymark award” – our good practice award for the stores that are getting it right.
Krasnaya offers a range of easy to achieve and cute felted animal kits. Their kits use a polystyrene egg to felt onto making it much simpler and helping to avoid those painful stabbed fingers, and make an ideal introduction to this wonderful craft. This cute Felta Pets Trio of Penguins Kit are approximately 7cm, 6cm and 5cm high.
£14.99 from Krasnaya
The world map is always a fascinating thing – but here is a wonderfully interactive one – just where will you end up? With great colours and details, this world map will get everyone talking. There is a 3D compass to build, planes, ships, landmarks, animals and a great fun fact book to back everything up. There is no glue or scissors required in this pack, just lots of investigation and fun journeys to make.
Recommended Age – 7+
£9.99 at Whirligig Toys
Turn ordinary paper bags into cute hand puppets.
Everything is included to make 5 animal puppets for children and their friends to put on a show.
Measurements w.240 x h.220 x d.70mm
Recommended age 4+
£9.95 from Toys Will Be Toys
Double-sided floor standing easel featuring paper roll (included) to add extra play value, and chalkboard and whiteboard that magnetic characters will stick to.
£48.95 from Wooden Toy Shack
Two Mosaic Pictures are included in this great value set. An instruction booklet shows you which colour corresponds to which number, and is more complex than the mosaics for younger children. You will have lots of sticky back squares left over which can be used for your own creations.
Recommended 7-13 years
£7.50 from Rachel’s Toy Shop
Make your own building blocks to create doughy streets, houses, towers and cars. Budding city planners will love this unusual dough set. This fun play set includes a patterned roller, 2 car molds that double as buildings, 3 car axles, 1 handle with 2 interchangeable patterned stamps, and 1 dough cutter. Dough is not included. The pieces in this pastry kit are made from sustainable rubber wood and Planwood which is made from recycled rubberwood sawdust. This is a fantastic toy for young dough fans and encourages creative play.
£19.96 from Babipur
Draw, colour and sticker your very own superhero comic books! Make your superheroes – or even yourself – the stars of each super adventure! The book contains 10 exciting 8-page comics to draw, colour and complete. Each adventure has super story prompts to start you off – and the rest is up to you! You can even pull them out, put them together and give them to your friends to read. Also includes 6 activity sheets on how to create and draw your superheroes and supervillains, and over 100 fantastic stickers to add to your stories.
Recommended ages 7-11
£12.95 from Buttercup
What can you do with a cardboard box? Plenty! No longer destined for the recycling bin, turn your spare scraps into amazing things, from a hot air balloon and space rocket to a Chinese dragon and Tiki totem pole! Includes step-by-step instructions and a starter kit of cardboard with cutting guides.
£11.99 from Nickel Books
Discover the creative power of sand art with these genius products from Kids Bee Happy. The Laser cut, pre-glued sand art picture cards and sand pens allow for creative expression without all of the mess. This pack contains:
– 2 Small Sand Art pictures.
– 15 Tubes of Sand
– Set of tweezers
– 2 Polypocket sleeves for the finished pictures
£9.75 from Kids Bee Happy
A hands-on activity book jam-packed with fill-in, on-the-page games and puzzles, including doodles, counting, spotting, sorting, colouring, dot-to-dot, spot the difference and matching up. This is a bumper book that features all the classic activities that children love but with a quirky OKIDO twist.
Recommended age 3 -7 years old
£8.95 from Okido
Superb play set for story telling with the extremely popular Les Petites Merveilles Night Time Shadows. This super hero television play set includes a colourful cardboard cut-out television screen with 4 night time scenes including: city backdrop, forest backdrop, city rooftops and a blank screen, all of which can be placed behind the assembled television cardboard cut out to ‘set the scene’ of your child’s amazing story / tv show. Also included within the set are 3 shadow figures; an action hero a thief and a sound shadow ‘PAF’.
£15.00 from Gifts for Little Ones
Packed with creatures great and small, from the tiniest insect to the mighty humpback whale, this beautiful book is perfect for animal lovers. Colour in the animals, complete the scenes, and learn incredible facts along the way. With 47 images to colour.
Recommended age 8 – 11 years old
£9.99 from Olive Loves Alfie
For more stereotype-free shopping, check out our Toymark directory of great inclusive retailers.