Target Arts & Crafts Kit Subscription for Kids Review – November 2017

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Exterior of the Target Arts and Crafts November 2017 Box

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.

Exterior of the Target Arts and Crafts November 2017 Box with flaps open

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Fashion Plates Design Set next to Target shipping box

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

The Cost: $14.99

Good to know: You do save 5% by subscribing, making the true cost $14.25. Make sure to select the subscribe option when you sign up. You can also save an extra 5% if you use your Target RedCard.

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.

Check out all of our Target Arts & Craft Kit reviews and more educational and STEM subscriptions for kids! You can also find a list of all Target subscription boxes in our subscription box directory!

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 Fashion Plates Design Set Ages 6+ Back of Fashion Plates Design Set

Fashion Plates Design Set – Retail Value $19.99

Dear Target: I am officially renaming your Arts & Crafts subscription to “Nostalgic-&-Creative-Toys-from Your-Childhood Box”. That seems to be the theme for the last few months and with this fashion plates set, it shows no signs of stopping!

Detail of Fashion Plates Design Set

Seriously, I think everyone I know had a set like this growing up!

If you’re not familiar: Fashion plates let you mix-and-match various embossed plates with tops and bottoms, then create a crayon rubbing that you can then color in.

Fashion Plates set, unboxed

Full fashion plates set organized with crayons and all plates shown

The kit comes filled with everything that aspiring young fashion designers need to get started: a drawing tray, 15 mix and match fashion plates, 20 sheets of paper, 8 coloring crayons, 2 rubbing crayons, a crayon holder, storage tray, and idea guide.

“Storage tray” is a little misleading; it’s really just the flimsy plastic packaging from the earlier photo. So you’d need to plan on storing everything in the original packing to truly keep it organized.

Fashion plates crayons Fashion plates black crayon for rubbing

The rubbing crayon is super important in the world of fashion plates! These are perfectly sized to work with the kit but of course, they are easy to replace when they wear down. The crayon holder makes it easier for kids to manage.

Sample of plates in the kit

Detail of plates in the kit

I can’t remember if the ones I had as a kid were like this, but the fashion plates have textures on the reverse side that you can use when coloring in your designs!

Drawing tablet and instructions

They’ve included some paper and instructions with some fashion ideas inside, too.

Storage and rubbing tray for fashion plates How to use rubbing plates for fashion plates kit

The drawing tray opens so you can assemble your selected plates inside. Add paper on top and close the lid, and you’re ready to go!

Fashion plates in action: Plate with black rubbing completed

Here’s our first rubbing!

Plate after coloring

It’s tough to see in this photo, but we also used some of the textured backgrounds to color in the shirt and pants here. They definitely didn’t show up well on the shirt, but I really like the lines on the shorts– they make it look like real denim!

Finished drawing

Voila! There are only 20 sheets of paper in this pad, so it won’t last a really long time… but it’s easy enough to use regular printer paper and crayons with this kind of kit, so you won’t need to spend a fortune on refills when things start to run out.

Finished drawing

A hat tip to this subscription box for another month of nostalgia!

Verdict: For me, this was another enjoyable Target Art & Craft Kit Subscription this month, and definitely a toy we haven’t seen before in this box. I’m looking forward to sharing this specific toy with my 5-year-old niece because I don’t think she has anything like it. This month was a fair overall value: we saved $5 by subscribing for $14.99 compared to buying this specific toy for $19.99.

For this subscription overall, the kits you receive will range in price from roughly $14.99 – $30 depending on the selections. I enjoy the surprise and convenience of having something new to share with my kid (and my niece) without a lot of planning and overhead, and this price point is reasonable for me. There is always a bit of a risk that a given selection won’t be a home run with your kid, depending on their interests, so definitely keep that in mind and check out our past reviews to see what other types of items we’ve received before you sign up. They do vary between open-ended creative toys like this one and more ‘project’ based kits with a specific goal in mind.

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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 Crate Chef and Ecocentric Mom, and she’s looking forward to trying more.

Posted in Subscription Box Reviews, Target Art and Craft Kit Subscription for Kids Review| Tags: target art and craft kit subscription for kids | 8 comments


  1. So excited to start this box! I ordered one for my daughter and one for her friend!

  2. Wow, what a throwback! I used to love my Fashion Plates 🙂 Looking at the pictures, I can almost hear the “chunk chunk” sound of the rubbing crayon holder hitting the plastic frame as it moves up and down. Ah, memories…

  3. When I signed up at the middle of last month, this is what i received. I should be getting another item next week, I hope it’s something great. I signed up when I saw last months review, because i really wanted it. I was slightly disappointed I didnt get it. I guess I’m just getting things a little early since I signed up mid month.

  4. Wow, this brings me back. I forgot how much I loved a similar set I played with when I was young. I remember having so much fun playing with the set. My mom had a few toys that she had saved from when she was a young girl, and would only bring them out for me to play with every once in a while. I would ask often, but she would tell me that we needed to wait until a special day. For example, she would bring them out after I got a shot at the doctor, or was sick in bed, or did a great job at the school play. The reason I am sharing this is that you could save a few fun toys you receive in the boxes you get and create your own special toy box to share with your daughter, niece and perhaps, eventually, grandchildren.

  5. That looks like an old school toy from back in the day, I can’t think of the name…

    • I had a similar toy, but the plates were of Barbie.

  6. Would this still be available if you subbed today to this box or does it start in December?

    • When you subscribe, your first box ships immediately and it renews on the same date each month. We aren’t sure if you’ll receive this kit; you may receive a past kit or even one we haven’t reviewed yet!

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