Themed-gifts are my favorite, so I have been gathering ideas for creating hobby starter kits. I love joining in with my girls as they try new things and explore their interests. Who knows where a childhood hobby might lead them as adults?
Below you’ll find kid-friendly ideas for sewing, photography, and cooking. I’ve included links to DIY tutorials, complementary books, and supplies or pre-made kits. I’ve also suggested ways to package your hobby kit, just for fun. I hope this gives you some great gift ideas!
Child’s Sewing Kit Tutorial :: Chez Beeper Bebe
Felt Needle Book :: Little Birdie Secrets
Felt Teddy Bear Craft Kit :: Chica and Jo
Sewing and Embroidery for Kids :: Filth Wizardry
Toddler Friendly Sewing Basket :: Childhood 101
My First Hand Sewing Book by Alison McNicol
Sewing School by Amie Plumley & Andria Lisle
See and Sew: A Sewing Book for Children by Tina Davis
Supplies and Kits:
Embroidery hoops & colorful embroidery floss
My First Sewing Kit – Alex Toys
Stitch-It Birdie Kit – The Little Experience
Kids’ Beginner’s Sewing Kit – Land of Nod
Wrap it up in a sewing basket, a plain canvas tote for embellishing, or a fun piece of fabric.
Camera Cozy Tutorial :: Sew, Mama, Sew!
Easy Camera Pouch :: a pretty cool life
Patchwork Camera Strap Cover :: Fabric Family and Fun
Photobooth Props DIY :: Oh Happy Day
Click! A Book About Cameras and Taking Pictures by Gail Gibbons
Photojojo! Insanely Great Photo Projects and DIY Ideas by Amit Gupta and Kelly Jensen
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
The Kids’ Guide to Digital Photography by Jenni Bidner
A camera! Natalie has her own camera, the Canon Powershot A495. It’s a great little camera – lightweight, large viewing screen, great pictures. (Read more about our experience with this particular camera here.)
Umbra Snap Frames (they look like Polaroid photos!)
Wrap it up in a cardboard photo storage box or larger camera case.
DIY Tutorials & Printables:
Child’s Apron Pattern :: Sew Liberated
Child’s Gathered Apron Tutorial :: Craftiness is not Optional
Printable Recipe Cards :: Wild Olive Etsy Shop
My A to Z Recipe Box by Hillary Karmilowicz
Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes by Mollie Katzen
Chop Chop Magazine subscription
Supplies & Kits:
Food Preparation Tools & Kits at Montessori Services
Wrap it up in a colorful mixing bowl or stacked on top of a cutting board.
I’m planning to include gardening, drawing/cartooning, and rock collecting in Part 2. Are there any other kid-friendly hobbies you would like to see ideas for? Let me know!