Target Arts & Crafts Kit Subscription for Kids Review – September 2017
Target is now offering an Art & Craft Kit Subscription for Kids, bringing a different creative activity to your doorstep each month for $14.99.
You’ll notice this is packaged very simply. It looks like any other online order from Target.
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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 kids’ imagination and keep them excited to see what they will create next! Instructions are provided when necessary. For ages 6-10.
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Crayola Spin Art Maker – Retail Value $19.99
This month’s selection is another very nostalgic project: spin art! Surely no child of the 80s grew up without having tried this craft at least once– it seems like a staple of my childhood!
Last month’s project was a bit more tween/teen oriented and matched the $14.99 price point of the box, so I was happy to see something with a higher value and a little more all-ages this time.
As expected from a brand like Crayola, everything was neatly packaged and sealed inside the box, so no worries about leaking paint.
The instructions are pretty simple: all you need to do is insert the green knob into the base, and you should be all set! This is a kid-powered toy and doesn’t need batteries, which is awesome.
The kit comes with 10 pieces of heavyweight paper to use to make your spin art, but the instructions also have a template on the back so you can easily cut more.
The kit comes with primary paint colors and three white crayons, so you can even play with resist techniques.
The white paper templates are on the small side, about 6″ across. The tabs tuck neatly into the green spinner to hold the paper securely (but I found it easiest to tear the tabs off when you’re done spinning since once they get a little damp from paint they’re really hard to remove).
I was super excited to do this project with my toddler, so we set up shop on the porch and went for it:
We made three pieces in about 15 minutes, so we easily could have burned through all 10 discs in a single sitting. Glad we have that template to make more!
He didn’t have enough hand strength to squeeze these bottles, so we settled for shaking them instead, which worked just fine (but did make a bit more of a mess).
While this paint was washable, it didn’t all come off until bath time later that day, so I was a little panicked when we first washed our hands and it barely made a dent!
The project pictured above was the final one we made, and I did a little resist tracing of his hand before we started. He added a TON of paint to this one, and I love the final result. As expected, this toy is pretty messy and it was nearly impossible to remove the finished art without getting paint all over your hands, so it’s important to have an area with paper or plastic down first to prevent too much of a mess.
I’m not sure what he liked more: making a mess, watching the colors blend, or pushing the knob to make the paper spin. Either way, this was a great project for a toddler and nostalgic for me as well.
Verdict: The value of the Target Art & Craft Kit Subscription this month was a little better than last month since we saved about $5 by subscribing for $14.99 vs buying this kit outright for $19.99. In general, though, I still think this subscription is more about fun and convenience than it is about saving money.
This month’s project is a better fit for Target’s recommendation for ages 6-10; last month was really a miss in that regard. There’s a lot of variety in the past kits we’ve received, and for me, the jury is still out about whether the risk of getting something that your child doesn’t like or isn’t old/young enough to be interested in is worth the price tag of this box. All kids are so different, and honestly, if I think back to my own childhood I’d have LOVED receiving this box– so this is one of those judgment calls that will be unique to everyone! I do think it could be a fun option if you homeschool or babysit frequently and are looking for ways to help kids exercise their creative muscles and keep them entertained with minimal planning on your part.
Do you subscribe to Target’s Art & Craft Kit Subscription for Kids? What do you think about this box?