If you’re still looking for hands-on gifts for kiddos, then look no further than the Klutz (a division of Scholastic) book-based activity kits. The following kits are suitable for boys and girls ages 7 and up.
KLUTZ BIO CHEM CREATURES STEAM LAB KIT, Klutz Press, Aug. 1, 2021, Kit, $19.99 (ages 7-10)
This exciting experiment kit includes a 32-page book of instructions, experiments, and nonfiction content about gross real-life animals. The bright colors and clear instructions help kids be confident while experimenting. Kids can customize six creatures and complete ten activities that teach different stages and styles of biological development, from eggs to larvae to fully grown creatures.
KLUTZ TINY CERAMICS STUDIO CRAFT KIT, Klutz Press, Aug. 1, 2021, Kit, $19.99 (ages 8-12)
I don’t know a kid that wouldn’t have a blast with this kit. Included is a 24-page book is full of step-by-step instructions, with inspiration for open-ended creativity. Kids can sculpt, paint and glaze at least 15 projects using the provided tools — a turntable, roller, paintbrush, shaping sticks and paper mold. Six colors of paint and a ceramics glaze help take the projects over the top.
From the moment my 7-year-old saw my review copies of both of these kits, her interest was piqued. More than piqued. She wanted to bust them out immediately. The only issue she had, was which kit she wanted to tackle first.