Winter is a great time to create a niche of activity kits for kids. Activity kits not only encourage parents to come into the store seeking projects for cabin-feverish kids, they also create an opportunity to teach important skills to the next generation of DIYers. Below is a list of some of the more popular types of kits.
Carpentry Kits—Carpentry kits have come a long way from balsa wood flyers. Red Toolbox (www.red-toolbox.com) offers a variety of kits for different skill levels, including a monster truck, acorn sling, and mini air hockey table.
Electrical Kits—Beyond the popular Snap Circuits Jr. that teaches simple circuits, Arduino boards (www.arguino.org) have grown in popularity. Arduino is an open-source platform with easy-to-use hardware and software. Although pricey, Arduino kits for kids usually include robots. Who can resist?
Science Kits—This category covers a broad range of projects from kitchen science to physics, earth science, chemistry and biology. One of the more popular kits is Disgusting Science from Scientific Explorer (www.alexbrands.com). 4M also offers popular science kits including a potato clock and a volcano making kit.
Crafty Kits—Sewing, gluing, knitting and decorating are important skills for future homeowners. Consider including some crafty kits from Alex Toys and Creativity for Kids (http://www.fabercastell.com/creativity-for-kids) in your mid-winter, activities kit niche.