Target Arts & Crafts Kit Subscription for Kids Review – May 2018

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Target has 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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About the Target Arts & Crafts Kit Subscription for Kids

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.

Target Arts & Crafts Box: Finding Dory Playset May 2018 Kit

Aquabeads Finding Dory Playset – Retail Value $24.95

This month we received an Aquabeads Finding Dory Playset. I am not familiar with Aquabeads, although I’m sure that I’ve seen them around before. My kids were very excited to see the Dory and Nemo characters when we opened this one!

The instructions that came with the box were in color with large, detailed pictures and were very clear and easy to follow. The front featured a Contents section and some helpful notes about working with the playset. They also included a simplified version in black and white in various other languages.

The first step was to get the beads set up in the bead palette. There were several different colors and little compartments on the palette to store them in separately.

The next step was to open the included sprayer and add water to it.

The front of the instructions featured this note about the beads being coated with a bittering agent that would deter kids from eating the beads or putting them in their mouths. This was a nice little feature that I appreciated as a parent of a boy who puts EVERYTHING in his mouth! It was a nice added safety bonus for someone who has kids of different ages and is working with such small parts.

The playset included 3 different templates: Dory, Nemo & Marlin, and Hank. We chose to start with Dory who is a favorite around here. The template sheet slides into the little layout tray and you just have to make sure the bead circles line up with the circles on the template and then you set the entire thing on top of the bead palette lid.

Once you have your bead template ready, you begin to add your beads to the little grooves on the layout tray. They included this little bead pen that you can load up and use to drop the beads into the holes, but I found it easier to work just using my fingers.

This was actually a pretty frustrating process when working with the round beads because if you dropped it into the wrong spot, it was very tricky to get it to move without disturbing the other beads around it. Maybe little fingers would have had better luck with this part? It definitely takes a lot of concentration and patience, so it may not be for every kid!

Once all of the beads were on, the next step was to wet the beads with the included sprayer. I used all of the water just to ensure that I saturated them enough.

After counting to five, you place the layout tray upright in the slot in the top of the palette lid and let it dry for an hour.

The finished product actually turned out great. I have no idea how just a tiny bit of water allows the beads to stick together, but it’s pretty cool! The kids have been taking turns (or fighting over) Dory ever since she was dry, so I’d say this kit was a win! Plus I like that we still have two more characters to make together.

They also included these helpful tips on the back of the instructions in case your design starts to bend or breaks apart.

I also liked how this can be stored easily with the beads and bead pen inside the palette. Then the templates and layout tray fit nicely on top. Easy and convenient storage of toys is always a plus in my book.

The Verdict: This month, the Target Art & Craft Kit was another win. Anytime we receive toys or kits featuring our favorite characters, it really amps up the excitement factor for us. This was well organized with easy to follow instructions and we came out with a fun finished product (or 3 when we complete the others!) that my kids will get a lot of use out of. I think younger kids will enjoy the characters, while the older kids will enjoy the actual process of creating them. Overall, a good set for the 6-10 age range! The retail value is $24.95 which I think is kind of pricey for what you get, but since we only paid  $14.99, I think that it’s a great value!

To Wrap Up:

If I subscribe today, can I still get this box? Previous comments have shown that not all subscribers receive the same items every month, so if you subscribe now, you may receive a different product.

Value Breakdown: For the $14.99 price of the box this month, we received the Aquabeads Finding Dory Playset, worth $24.95 at retail price.

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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Written by Brandi Dowell

Brandi Dowell

Brandi has loved the idea of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013. Finding new products to test out and possibly fall in love with has always excited her. Now, as a mother of 3, she loves discovering new products that can help make parenting a little easier! Her favorites are FabFitFun and Target Baby boxes.

Posted in Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Kids, Target Art and Craft Kit Subscription for Kids Review| Tags: target art and craft kit subscription for kids | 6 comments


  1. My daughter just got invited to a birthday party for a classmate who keeps bringing her those little bead designs that you had to iron to melt together. I’m thinking she might like something like this!

    • Oh yeah- they are very similar, but this just takes a little bit of water, so might be easier? 🙂

  2. Aqua Dots were the craft toy set that’s first iteration had a recall for GHB. They’ve not had any issues since then.

    • Eek! Well good to know that it seems they’ve resolved the issue!

      • Brandi,
        We’ve purchased them several times and luckily we hadn’t opened the recalled pack to play with. I’m a big fan of Aqua Dots and Shrinky Dinks.

        The Gramma in a box I ordered after your last review just shipped I think my son will have fun with it.

        • We haven’t done Shrinky Dinks yet! I’m sure my daughter will love that though!

          I hope you and your son enjoy your Gramma in a Box! Let me know what you think! 🙂

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