Art sets to encourage your tiny Picasso

Get your kids ready for their future gallery show.

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.

The classic: Studio 71 Kids Art Set in Wood Case: 82 pieces

Everything They’ll Need

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We all had this set and there’s a reason for that: it’s a great classic for any budding artist. The 82-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.

For a new skill: Learn Crochet! Kit

Challenge The Mind

For your crafty people that want to learn something fresh. Amazon

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Yarn crafts have become popular with all generations. This 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 plastic needle, and seven colors of yarn.

Mold the mind: Faber-Castell Pottery Studio

For The Cutest Creations

For children that love working with their hands. Amazon

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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.

For older kids: US Art Supply Deluxe Mega Art Set

Encourage Creativity

If you have a middle or high-school aged child who is passionate about crafts, this is a clutch item. Amazon

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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.