American Girl Kits Let Kids Get Crafty

Filed under: Toys, Gear Guides: Tweens

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We had a blast making these raccoons with our American Girl fan. Credit: American Girl Crafts

In an era of video games, cell phones and email, we're thankful that our friends at American Girl keep thinking up ways to engage our little girls in some good old-fashioned fun.

American Girl Crafts kits present girls ages 8 to 12 with easy-to-complete projects that enhance their creative thinking skills while helping them learn basic sewing techniques, develop drawing and writing skills and learn other fun crafting techniques.

Chose from wearable art kits that let girls design a mini tote bag or apron with iron-on designs for their American Girl dolls; needlecraft kits to make stuffed raccoons or felt pencil toppers; or paper crafting memory books.

Age-appropriate, illustrated instructions are included in every kit, so your little girl can actually master skills instead of relying on you to take the lead.

The best part: You get to spend one-on-one time with her and she ends up with some great crafts to show off.

Available exclusively at Michaels craft stores nationwide for $1.99 to $29.99.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.