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30 Smart Gift Ideas for DIY Kids
Looking for smart gifts for your DIY-loving kids? Here are the best gift ideas to get them involved in home projects, encourage experiments, help them learn new skills…and of course, have a lot of fun!
A periscope is a simple and fun DIY project for young kids, and affordable kits are available online (or you could build one yourself out of spare parts and mirrors). And it teaches some lessons about science. Also, it’s super fun to experiment with on a rainy day–just make sure the recipient hasn’t tackled this project at school already!
Kid Kitchen Knives
Science Experiment Box Subscription
There are a number of science box subscription kits that you can buy to the delight of kids who love to experiment. And each typically includes a single experiment or project to work on (while you tackle projects of your own!) While also teaching valuable skills. These kits are available for a wide variety of ages with a little research.
Local Workshops and Classes
Research local high school and community college classes and workshops. And many of these are designed for all ages and your kids can learn many valuable DIY skills including cooking, metalwork, painting and much more.
Kid Action Cam
A kid action cam can be mounted on a variety of surfaces (including helmets) and costs far less than more advanced models from GoPro and others. And kids can use it to capture shots of their favorites sports or activities. Or set it up to take close shots of nature and wildlife–some models are even waterproof.
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Mop and Broom Set
Kids may also want to help you clean up after projects (a great way to get them involved in more complex repairs or hobbies). Or clean the house (yes, some children actually do enjoy cleaning!). And cleaning kits provide kid-sized tools that allow them to easily help out and master cleaning basics early on.
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Circuit Maze Board Game
Kid’s Gardening Tools
Just like helping out around the house, some kids also love to help around the yard–but yard tools are too large and more awkward for tiny hands. So why not get them a garden tool set and set aside a flower or vegetable patch for them to call their own? And you can also let them help out when it’s time to rake leaves!
A comeback can is a very old project that continues to delight inquisitive preschoolers who love building and playing with things to find out how they work. And if you want to keep them guessing and find a fun DIY project to work on together, build your own comeback can.
Knock Hockey Table
This hockey table project will teach basic woodworking skills while also providing a simple, movable hockey table to play with. And it’s not quite air hockey, but it’s still an incredibly fun project. Also, you can make it with your kid, or build it yourself. Give it to them and ask if the two of you can play the inaugural game.
Compressed Air Party Popper
Lego Robots that Work
Lego Mindstorms allow your kids to build Lego robots that actually work. And these kits are a great gift for kids who are between basic circuit games and full-fledged robot kits.