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After a year of painting, building and making at home, even the most artistic kids may be feeling less than inspired now. Art subscription boxes, which include everything little artists need to complete a project, are a fun and easy way to jump-start their curiosity and creativity. Plus, what kid doesn’t love receiving mail?

Whether you have a preschooler still practicing fine motor skills or a tween interested in STEAM, you’ll find monthly kits available for all ages and interests. Explore seven of our favorite art subscription boxes for nurturing creative minds.


» KidArtLit
Each month your little readers will receive a picture book with a related craft that will help them connect with the book and its message. For example, a book about the Grand Canyon accompanies a fun nature hunt craft. Ideal for siblings, this box contains enough supplies for two projects. $33.95 or $49.95 per month; ages 3-8; kidartlit.com

» We Craft Box
Designed to be shared between two children, each themed box is filled with all the materials they’ll need to create several art projects based on a story. March’s Gnome Butterfly Garden Box, for example, comes with supplies to make DIY sock gnomes, decorative mesh butterflies, paper lanterns, posters and more. $29.99 per month; ages 3-9; wecraftbox.com

» KiwiCo Kiwi Crate
This monthly box combines art and science for a STEAM-based learning experience. Past projects have included a paint pendulum, a mini paintball machine and a DIY kite. Each kit also includes a magazine and access to online activities. $16.95 per month; ages 5-8; kiwico.com

» Kid Made Modern Monthly Craft Club
A collaboration between Kid Made Modern and art instructor Meri Cherry, this subscription box allows kids to try new materials and techniques. The kit provides instructions on the given craft—one past box included a diorama house—but there’ll be many supplies left over for little ones to explore their own creative ideas. $34.99 per month; ages 6+; kidmademodern.com

» Annie’s Creative Girls Club
Scrapbooking, sand art and friendship bracelets are a few of the projects this subscription offers. Members receive two boxes every month, but if your child is looking for more crafting fun, the site also sells past projects as individual kits. $19.98 per month; ages 7-12; annieskitclubs.com

» Annie’s Young Woodworkers Kit Club
Curious builders learn woodworking skills like hammering, sanding and measuring as they make crafts and toys such as airplanes and turbo racers. Each box includes kid-friendly tools, instructions and precut wood pieces with predrilled nail holes. $19.99 per month; ages 7-12; annieskitclubs.com

» Guide Dots
Guide Dots uses strategically placed dots, a light tablet and online lessons to help budding artists create multiple masterpieces. Each box includes two projects, plus full-size art supplies to last for years. $89.99 for three months, ages 4-7; $109.99 for three months, ages 8-10; guide-dots.com

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