Five art sets to encourage your tiny Picasso

Get your kids ready for their future gallery show.

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Engaging with art has even been shown to encourage kids to study science.Plush Design Studio via Unsplash

If your child has a knack for the visual arts, their face lights up when in the throws of a project. Though crafts time might be less fun for mom and dad—oh, the mess everywhere—creating art enriches the lives of children and lights up their brains in critical ways. Encourage your little virtuoso to grow their passions with these great art sets.

Darice 120-Piece Art Set

Darice 120-Piece Art Set
Everything they'll need.Amazon

We all had this set and there’s a reason for that: it’s a great classic for any budding artist. The 120-piece set includes markers, crayons, oil pastels, watercolors, colored pencils, and various art utensils, all in a portable plastic case so they can take it along to grandma’s house and on family vacations. This is a great set for younger children who want to play with different mediums, or like to doodle.

Colorcrayz Paint Set

Colorcrayz Paint Set
A fantastic set for young painters.Amazon

This 27-piece acrylic paint set is the next step for any child who’s outgrown fingerpaints, and wants a more grown-up set. The set includes 12 non-toxic acrylic paints, 6 canvases, brushes, and even a little easel. The Colorcrayz set includes a waterproof smock to keep your child relatively mess-free. When your child is all done, just zip everything up into the portable storage bag and you’re good-to-go.

4M Crochet Kit

4M Crochet Kit
For your crafty kids.Amazon

Yarn crafts have become popular with all generations and the 4M Crochet Kit is a great introduction for any kid who is looking to start making their own crochet pieces. The kit includes 2 crochet hooks, a needle, and seven different yarn colors. This set is wonderful for children looking to make something they can wear or use every day—who knows, they could be crocheting the whole family hats next winter.

Faber-Castell Pottery Studio

Faber-Castell Pottery Studio
For kids that love working with their hands, this pottery studio is just the thing.Amazon

The set includes everything your child will need to get into ceramics, including the most exciting element: the pottery wheel. This set isn’t just for sculpting clay animals, but for your child to learn the fundamentals of crafting bowls, mugs, and other vessels. The set also keeps parents in mind by including a table cover and apron.

US Art Supply Deluxe Mega Art Set

US Art Supply Deluxe Mega Art Set
If you have a middle or high-school aged kid who’s passionate about art, this is the set for them.Amazon

This 162-piece art set includes just about everything your child could need, including colored pencils, pastels, watercolors, drawing pencils, and a 15-piece brush set. It also provides painting paper and various sketchbooks, and comes in a beautiful wooden box. This is great for older kids who are still exploring various artistic mediums, but have outgrown the more childish sets. Think of this as the next upgrade from the Darice 120-piece art set.