Painting is a superb learning tool for kids. Children, even toddlers, can use art to express their emotions, practice skills and learn discipline. Plus, kids just love colors. Instead of buying various painting items like color pencils and watercolors separately, you can give kids the full painting experience with a kit. Paint kits are great gifts for a kid on birthdays, Christmas and when he or she is about to start school. You can buy painting kits that are designed for different age groups as well. Paint kits are a great way to improve a child’s toy collection with educationally stimulating items. Read ahead for a list of best painting kits most suitable for children.

1. TECBOSS Aqua Magic Mat

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Young children and older toddlers are sure to love the fun that the TECBOSS Aqua Magic Mat provides. This doodling mat is perfect for kids of all ages who like to draw, color, write, and just doodle away. With the TECBOSS Aqua Magic Mat, children can get as messy as they want with actually getting messy. With this painting mat, your children won’t ever need any paint, you simply fill the pen with clean water and watch as the drawings come alive on the map. In about 5 to 10 minutes, the original drawing will dissipate so that your little one will have a fresh slate to start on. This painting mat features a large size so that several toddlers can use it at once. And with different drawing areas, you will never have to worry about not having space. With the TECBOSS Aqua Magic Mat, your little one can look forward to 24 pieces that include everything from a shape drawing template to a math mold to a suction cup and a stationary box. With all the different accessories, your little one is sure to have hours of fun on their hands. The doodle mat itself is made out of a non-toxic, water-resistant nylon that is not only safe for kids but is clean too because you simply wipe it down after every use. When your little one is done drawing, you simply fold the TECBOSS Aqua Magic Mat and put it away. It does not take much time to fold it up and you never have to worry about cleaning up a mess because there never is any. Overall, this makes for one of the best gift sets for curious children of all ages.

2. Art 101 142-Piece Wood Art Set

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This wonderful paint kit comes in an elegant wooden case with a removable drawer. The case closes like a briefcase when not in use. The kit looks very expensive, though it is actually fairly cheap. The kit has 60 crayons, 24 color pencils, 24 oil pastels, 24 watercolor cakes, 2 sketch pencils, 3 mixing pallets, 2 paint brushes, 1 pencil sharpener and 1 eraser. The crayons are packed tight in the drawer, so be careful when opening because they can break. Some parts can be too small for some children, so the recommended age is 8 and up. The quality of the paint is the usual you get for kids paint. Do not expect super, artist-grade quality paint. Some of the crayons are oil based and can be used to create vibrant paintings. The box has plenty of painting items to last several years with a single child. Because of the number of items and the wooden box, this paint kit is ideal for gifting as well.

3. Royal and Langnickel Acrylic Painting Artist Set

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This charming beginner set comes in a painted wooden storage box with a briefcase-like handle. The box is easy to open and use, store and travel with. The measurements of the box are 13-inch x 6-1/4-inch x 2-inch. The kit includes 10 12-ml acrylic paint tubes, 2 canvas boards (5-inch by 7-inch), 6 Taklon brushes (round 1, 4, 7, flat 2, 5, 8), 1 palette knife, 1 eraser, 1 graphite pencil, 1 sharpener and a palette with six wells. The pencil is very subtle and doesn’t show the drawn outlines. The kit comes with a “how to” guide with step-by-step instructions describing how to use the paints provided. The basic instructions are easy to understand even for a small child. This kit is strictly for beginners, so pros may not find all the paints and items they need. The kit is highly recommended for young, aspiring artists.

4. Faber-Castell – Young Artist Learn to Paint Set

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This lovely travelling paint kit from the renowned brand is suitable for ages five and up. It’s mostly a kiddie kit so kids over 7-ish probably won’t like it. The kit includes a waterproof travel purse for the items, 5 tubes of paint, 6 paint brushes, a plastic painting pallet, and 10 sheets of paper. A little instructions manual is included describing color mixing techniques for small children. This kit is most suited for occasional painters as the paint tubes are rather small and won’t last long. The plastic pallet is easy to hold and wash. The paint brushes have been made easy to hold for clumsy toddler hands. Don’t worry about getting the paint on clothes, as it easily washes off. The brushes come in different sizes to teach kids concepts such as depth and texture. This kit is perfect for teaching reluctant painters. All the materials are high quality and durable.

5. Crayola Washable Paint Kit

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This kit comes from the most famous brand for kids’ paints. The kit includes 16 watercolor paints, 3 bottles of washable paint, 2 washable paint-pot strips, 10 sheets of paper, 4 brushes and 5 sponges. All paint is non-toxic. The kit is suitable for children 3 years and older. Unfortunately, no travel or storage box is provided. You will have to keep the paint in the original cardboard packaging if you don’t have an alternative. The paint is vibrant and kids will find the colors highly appealing. The material is best on paper. Also, if your child just loves to paint on the walls, you can easily wash off the water-based paint using water and a rag. Any watercolors that get on clothing will wash off in the washing machine. The kit is excellent for painting projects at home or at school. Also, it will help interested kids take up painting as a hobby.

6. Colore Acrylic Paint Studio Set

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This is an adult-grade painting set that is also well suited for older kids. The kit contains 12 75-mL tubes of acrylic paints in the following colors: Titanium White, Yellow Ochre, Lemon Yellow, Vermilion, Crimson Red, Emerald Green, Viridian, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna and Lamp Black. The extra large tubes contain way more paint that regular sized ones, and will last throughout the year for a kid. This is a great set to start teaching aspiring painters how to use acrylic colors to create watercolor and oil-like paintings. The colors are vibrant and have all the properties associated with top-grade paint. The paint is great to use on a wide variety of materials, including blank canvas, fabric, wood, clay, ceramic and even as nail art. The final finishes are very durable too. This set may not be suitable for younger children because it does not come with an instructions manual.

7. Darice 1103-083 Studio 71 Acrylic Painting Set

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This 27-piece painting set comes in a thin but polished wooden box. The kit includes 16 ml acrylic paints, two 40 mL acrylic tubes, three brushes, a palette cup, a sketch pencil and a painting medium. This is a great kit to graduate younger kids from crayons to paint. The pallet cup is wooden and looks like the ones used by artists in paintings. Be aware though that the wood is unvarnished, so diluted paint can seep in. This is a budget-grade kit intended for kids, so do not expect the finest quality materials. It only suits to fit the purpose of training kids. Also be aware that the veneer of the box can be quite thin. So instruct children to handle the paint box with care. This kit contains all the essentials you need to teach children how to start painting on a canvas. The kit may contain small parts so it’s recommended only for children aged 8 or older.

8. US Art Supply 21-Piece Acrylic Paint Kit

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This lovely kit comes with all the essentials you need to make a painter out of your baby. This is a rare kit that comes with a wood studio table easel to hold paper. The rest of the kit includes an 12 tubes of regular sized acrylic paints, 4 bristle brushes in different sizes, a wooden artist painting palettes, and 3-piece 9″ x 12″ canvas panels. The easel is perfectly kid sized and mounts surprisingly well on surfaces. You will have to find the necessary paper to fit the easel panels. The easel is well made, but should be handled with care to avoid breakage. The wooden pallet is designed for children’s small hands. The surface is wonderfully finished to prevent paint seepage. The easel is pretty small but can hold sketch paper. The kit is surprisingly cheap but some items should be handled with care. Smaller kids will particularly love this kit.