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2021 Holiday Gift Guide: Activity Sets For Kids

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Activity Sets For Kids


Non-toy gifts for kids.

We read reviews, scrolled our favorite websites and peaked in our own craft closet to find you the best activity sets for toddlers & kids this holiday season. While toys are fun, activities that strengthen our kids’ mind and heart are even better. We compiled a list of the best 8 crafts, games and mind-enriching gifts for kids! Consider this your non-toy gift guide.

These non-toy gifts are just as fun as real toys, but but with the additional benefit that these gifts have a purpose. Activity sets are a great gift idea for kids and are a wonderful way for parents to support that their kids love, whether that be baking, writing, drawing or learning new skills. Keep reading to shop our picks. You can find all the products we recommend for kids here.

If you haven’t already, check out gift guide with 17 gifts your kid will play with again and again for more great holiday gifts.

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LEGO Classic Creative Suitcase

A great gift idea for any creative child. This LEGO Classic portable building block case houses a world of creativity for kids and includes a selection of colorful LEGO Classic pieces, including, bricks, shapes, wheels and eyes. What they create is in their imagination!

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Color-In Pajamas

Crafty kids can doze off with their favorite magical beasts after coloring them on these soft jammies. I got the unicorns for my oldest, and the dinosours for my son. The similar, Christmas Cookie Coloring Tablecloth makes a great early holiday gift, as well.


Deluxe Baking Set for Kids

A great gift for the budding baker in your life. This baking kit contains real baking activities for kids! Help kids learn valuable skills and healthy eating habits, while providing hours of interactive family fun.


Magna-Tiles Glow In The Dark Set

For younger children, playing with Magna-Tiles allows them to explore their colors, helps them recognize and sort shapes and understand patterns. As children get older, Magna-Tiles aid in improving critical thinking skills, problem solving, dramatic play and creativity —all without realizing how much they are learning. This glow-in-the-dark building set brings added fun. A great gift on its own or paired with a classic set.


Hungry Hungry Hippos

Nostalgic for you and fun for kids, this classic game is suitable for families of all ages. After all, quality time with you is a great gift got kids. I’m purchasing  for family game night.


Osmo - Coding Starter Kit for iPad

Transform your tablet into a hands-on coding adventure. This is at the top of my shopping list. Designed for ages 5–10, Coding Starter Kit builds coding skills in progression with 3 hands-on learning games. Watch your child learn to code, while having fun.

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Create Your Own Published Storybook Kit

Make your aspiring author’s dreams a reality. Show your creative kid just how far their imagination can go when they turn their own original story into an actual book. I purchased this for my daughter last year and it was a huge hit!


Studio in A Box Set

My kids love to craft, but all that crafting requires a supply refresh every now and then. This is the art kit for us. The high-quality tools and supplies in this activity kit let your artist focus on creating. It has everything children need to get started with sketching, painting and coloring.

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