Artistic activities like painting, drawing and coloring are wonderful activities for children and teens. Art positively affects children’s brains by encouraging neural connections. Artistic expression promotes creativity and problem-solving skills and helps children understand and process the world around them. In addition, scribbling serves as a pre-cursor to writing for younger children. Art sets are a fantastic way to encourage young artists and keep all of their supplies organized and in one place.
When choosing an art set, consider your child’s age and what’s appropriate. Younger children may only need a few tools while older children and teens may want to explore different mediums like pastels and watercolors. Many art sets are designed to be portable and each of the sets on this list offers a unique selection of art tools.
Crayola Inspiration Art Case
The Crayola Inspiration Art Case is not just an art set, it’s a portable art studio. Crayola is a premier manufacturer of art supplies for kids; we all remember drawing and coloring with Crayola crayons. But, this set includes much more than crayons. It contains 64 crayons, 20 short colored pencils, 40 washable markers and 15 sheets of paper. It has everything a child needs to draw, color and create whenever the inspiration strikes. Snap fit trays make organizing every piece simple and convenient. Also, the portable carry case is sturdy and has a convenient handle.
Art 101 Trifold Easel Art Set
The Art 101 Kids 179-Piece Double Sided Trifold Easel Art Set is an extremely well-appointed kit. It contains everything from crayons and markers to watercolors and oil pastels. In addition, there is drawing paper, accessories like a ruler, eraser, palette and a color wheel. Finally, it has a two-sided easel so that more than one little artist can enjoy the set. There’s also and Art 101 Drawing and Painting Guide to help beginning artists with painting and drawing basics. The guide includes information about each of the kit’s components and its use. A trifold organizer case stores each piece neatly and conveniently.
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Combo Scratch Art Set
The Melissa & Doug Deluxe Combo Scratch Art Set is unique art experience. Unlike other art sets comprised of crayons, markers and other drawing utensils, this set uses only special scratch paper and a stylus. Instead of drawing, young artists scratch away the top layer of coating to reveal the paper underneath. However, the paper underneath isn’t simply plain paper; one of four different backgrounds is revealed: black with a rainbow background, white over a rainbow background, black over silver holographic glitter and black over a translucent rainbow background. Scratch away the top layer and create images on the fun backgrounds. Young artists want to display their artwork and this kit also comes with three cardboard easel frames and two adhesive hanging strips.
Spirograph Design Tin Set
The Spirograph Design Tin Set may bring back fond memories of your own childhood—it does for me and many of my friends and fellow parents. Use the interlocking gears and wheels to create beautiful spiral designs. Different colors produce even more unique creations. This set includes seven wheels, one ring, one rack, Spiro-putty, two pens, a ten-page guidebook and design paper. All of the pieces store conveniently in a collectible tin; a snap-in storage tray keeps everything neat and organized. Introduce Spirograph to a new generation of artists and creators and be prepared to rekindle your love for spirographing!
ALEX Toys Artist Studio Portable Essential Art Supplies Set
The ALEX Toys Artist Studio Portable Essential Art Supplies Set is a well-appointed art set with a beautiful wooden carrying case. The case has designated sections for each item in the set. In addition to the convenient case, this 80-piece set includes watercolor cakes, colored pencils, oil pastels, paintbrushes, a sanding block, kneaded eraser and a sharpener. It has everything youngsters and teens need to start drawing, painting and creating. You’ll appreciate that this particular set has excellent value for the price.
Crayola Pip-Squeaks Washable Markers Kit
The Crayola Pip-Squeaks Washable Markers Kit is one of Crayola’s art sets that is perfect for younger artists. While many older kids may appreciate all of the fancy pencils and paintbrushes, little ones three-years-old and up (and their parents) will welcome this simple kit of washable markers. Pip-squeaks are small markers that are perfect for tiny hands. More than just markers, it also has a pad of paper for drawing and coloring and a lightweight, convenient plastic carry case. Due to its compact size, this is an excellent case for travel or to take along to a restaurant.
Art 101 142-Piece Wood Art Set
Unlike arts sets that are great for travel, the Art 101 142-Piece Wood Art Set stores in a wood case that looks fantastic on a desk or tables. It includes several types of art mediums: crayons, pencils, pastels and watercolor cakes. It also comes with mixing palettes, paintbrushes, a sharpener and an eraser. All pieces are neatly organized in a wooden case that opens at the top and has a sliding drawer.