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Target Arts & Crafts Kit Subscription for Kids – April 2017

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Our first Target Arts & Crafts Kit for Kids has arrived!

Target is now offering an Art & Craft Kit Subscription for Kids, bringing a different creative activity to your doorstep each month for $14.99.

We signed up as soon as this launched, and this is the first delivery, from April 2017. You’ll notice this is packaged very simply – it looks like any other online order from Target.

What is inside our first Target Arts & Crafts Kit Subscription for Kids?

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Faber Castell watercolor pencil kit from Target Arts & Crafts Kit Subscription for Kids, April 2017

The Subscription Box: Target Art & Craft Kit Subscription for Kids

The Cost: $14.99

The Products: A different crafting activity each month. Ranging from coloring kits to DIY accessories, the variety will spark their imagination and keep them excited to see what they will create next!
Instructions are provided when necessary. For ages 4-10.

Good to know: You do save 5% by subscribing, making the true cost $14.30 – make sure to select the subscribe option when you sign up.

You can find more educational and STEM subscriptions for kids and a list of all Target subscription boxes in our subscription box directory!

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Faber Castell watercolor pencil kit from Target Arts & Crafts Kit Subscription for Kids, April 2017

Faber-Castell Watercolor Pencil Art Kit – Retail $12.99 (Currently on sale at Target for $11.99)

This watercolor pencil kit is rated for ages 9+. I thought this was a surprising choice for their first shipment since Target doesn’t let you select an age for your subscription and they advertise ages 4-10.

Faber Castell watercolor pencil kit from Target Arts & Crafts Kit Subscription for Kids, April 2017

This kit contains some instructions, watercolor paper, a set of pencils, and a pencil sharpener and brush. Just add water!

Faber Castell Watercolor Pencil Kit from Target Arts & Crafts Kit Subscription for Kids, April 2017

I personally love watercolor pencils to this day, and I loved getting art sets like this as a kid, so I put my thoughts about value aside and got ready to dig in.

Instruction booklet for Faber Castell watercolor pencil kit, from Target Arts & Crafts Kids Subscription

Faber-Castell is a big and popular art supply brand. The instruction book doesn’t take you start-to-finish through any exercises, but it gives you a lot of techniques to try and some helpful inspiration.

Detail photo of instruction booklet for Faber Castell watercolor pencil kit, from Target Arts & Crafts Kids Subscription Detail photo of instruction booklet for Faber Castell watercolor pencil kit, from Target Arts & Crafts Kids Subscription

There’s a basic primer on what watercolor pencils are and how they work.

Detail photo of instruction booklet for Faber Castell watercolor pencil kit, from Target Arts & Crafts Kids Subscription

For a kid who loves to draw, this book as a lot of different exercises to try – like shading and shadows, and color mixing techniques.

Detail photo of instruction booklet for Faber Castell watercolor pencil kit, from Target Arts & Crafts Kids Subscription

They even go through some composition and drawing fundamentals, like composition and blocking out shapes.

Detail photo of instruction booklet for Faber Castell watercolor pencil kit, from Target Arts & Crafts Kids Subscription

Detail photo of instruction booklet for Faber Castell watercolor pencil kit, from Target Arts & Crafts Kids Subscription

The set also included 10 watercolor pencils in a handy reusable pouch:

Faber Castell Colored Pencils from Target Arts & Crafts Kit Subscription for Kids, April 2017

I love the colors – fresh art supplies are always exciting!

Faber Castell Colored Pencils from Target Arts & Crafts Kit Subscription for Kids, April 2017 Detail of Faber Castell Colored Pencils from Target Arts & Crafts Kit Subscription for Kids, April 2017

The kit also includes a pencil sharpener, so you can keep all your details nice and sharp:

Pencil sharpener from Target Arts & Crafts Kit Subscription for Kids, April 2017

Watercolor brush from Target Arts & Crafts Kit Subscription for Kids, April 2017 Detail of brush from Target Arts & Crafts Kit Subscription for Kids, April 2017

And, of course, a handy watercolor brush for applying water to your drawings. This is a simple #4 round acrylic brush, and I thought it was good quality for a pre-assembled art kit – better than I expected!

Finally, the blank canvas: a watercolor sketchbook.

Faber Castell watercolor sketchbook, from Target Arts & Crafts Kit Kids Subscription April 2017

This sketchbook has 24 pages and has a simply glued binding, so you can easily remove the sheets when you’re ready to display your finished piece. The paper is A5 sized, or about the size of an 8.5 x 11 sheet folded in half.

Faber Castell watercolor sketchbook, from Target Arts & Crafts Kit Kids Subscription April 2017

Who doesn’t love the promise of a blank page? The orange and pink colors in my colored pencil set caught my eye, so I decided to do a quick study of the scene on my desk:

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Pamplemousse La Croix is definitely my favorite and these cans are certainly portrait-worthy in my book. 😉

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Target-Arts-Crafts-April-2017-0003-finished-lacroix-drawing

I did experiment with some of the techniques in the book, layering dry pencils over wash, trying a bit of splatter, and even added some salt to try and add texture. I’m pretty pleased with the end result, although I think I went a little overboard with layering.

Verdict: If I put myself in the shoes of my 10-year-old self, I’d definitely have been excited to receive this watercolor kit. Value-wise, though, I’m having flashbacks to the first Amazon STEM Club shipment that I reviewed: when I subscribe to a subscription that’s not especially curated or personalized for me, I never want to get something that retails for less than what I paid, and that is, unfortunately, the case with this first delivery from Target.

Amazon has definitely improved on value and quality from their rocky start, so I’m hoping Target will too. Both brands have the inventory and audience to reach tons of people with their subscriptions, but it feels like they may be using this as a way to clear old inventory instead of putting it on sale. Unless we see a higher value or more curation, then ultimately I don’t think they’ll have staying power.

Did you subscribe to Target’s Art & Craft Kit Subscription for Kids when it was announced? Did you receive the same product this month? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

Written by Lacey Volk

Lacey Volk

Lacey’s introduction to the world of subscription boxes was Julep Maven, but she quickly moved on once she discovered there were subscriptions for cooking, coffee, and art supplies. Current favorites include Hello Fresh and Honest Company, and she’s looking forward to trying more.

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14 Comments

  1. I was disappointed in this first offering. I got it for my 5 and 7 year old grandkids and I think it was way too advanced. Even for 8-10 year olds at least one guided project would have been nice. I will probably end up using it myself.

    The value issue is a problem too. If it had just gone on sale that would be one thing but regular retail was even less. I’ll try one more month but that’s it.

  2. How talented! I have those cans of La Croix soda too, and never noticed how pretty the colors are. And I repeat what someone else said, the photography on MSA is awesome!

  3. I think this is a little advanced for the younger kids. Great for 8-10 but not so much for 4-6.

  4. Target sent you something under value? It’s freaking TARGET! What kind of crap is that?!?!

    • Agreed.

      After some discussion with Target’s customer service, I got a price adjustment. It finally came down to: Why am I being charged $15 for something they’re currently selling to everyone else for $12. I was told that there was no guarantee items sent would equal the cost of sub.

      Wait. What?

      Cancelled immediately.

      • So you got the same kit? I was really curious if they were sending everyone the same thing

        • Yes, I got the same thing.

  5. LOVE your drawing, so talented, BUT its kind of crazy they expect you to pay OVER retail value and its not even personalized. You could go to Target buy this set and get yourself a starbucks.

    • I agree! It’s their first month though, so we’ll just have to see if they get better next month. There are so many cute kits in their arts/crafts section in store, I feel like they must have some better inventory to pick from.

  6. I would buy that photo of the colored pencils lined up as an art print or postcard. Such good photography on MSA!

  7. while I wasn’t that amazed by the actual box or kit… your drawing was awesome! love it!

    I would have expected Target to throw in a little extra or two to get the value above the actual cost of the kit.

  8. Wow, what a beautiful drawing and I must say, you have great taste in seltzer. 🙂

    Hope to see more art box reviews from you in the future.

  9. Dang girl!!!! You’re such a talented artist! That drawing made me go WOW!

    • I’m blushing, thank you!

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