Best kids' drawing and activity tables for craft
Give them their own art area with a kids's activity table to encourage creative play and less screen time
If you are lucky enough to have you own craft desk, or are blessed with a whole room devoted to crafting, you know what an appealing luxury it is to have space dedicated to creativity that is just for you. Although we would not advise kitting children out with an entire craft room just yet, having a dedicated kids' craft table, where they can paint, draw, colour and play. Having space and materials close at hand will inspire them to do more of these pastimes and get them away from screens for creative play.
There is a brilliant range of kids' art tables with different storage options and functions that make brilliant gifts for little ones to grow their creative skills. Kids' craft tables can double as a space for home learning or as play tables that help to keep toys off the floor to keep the environment a little tidier. If you have an older child leaning towards art, invest in a kids' art table that can grow with them, and perhaps end up being used in art GCSEs or other qualifications.
Think about the priority features you'd want in a kids' drawing table – is storage important? Do you want your kids' activity table to be multifunctional, with different set ups and forms? Should your kids' drawing table have a built-in light? What about age range and safety – should your kids' craft table be able to be used into their teenage years? You'll find the right choice for you in this guide to the best kids drawing and activity tables for craft.
Looking for projects for your little ones to do at their kids' craft table? Try our paper crafts for kids article, or our 50 fun art and craft ideas for kids to make at home for hours of fun! Or for a craft project with video guides, take a look at our how to do finger knitting and how to make friendship bracelets article, too! If you're still looking for inspiration, explore our pick of the best art sets for kids.
Best kids' craft tables
2-in-1 kids table and chair drawing set
Here is a great kids' art table suitable for children up to six years, made in child-friendly moulded plastic with rounded corners for safety, but without the bright primary colours that can make some kids' drawing tables look so off-putting in your home. The art table's surface is made of dry-wipe board material, so it's harder wearing than most other surfaces, and children can draw directly onto it with drywipe pens that will wipe right off to be used again. Take note that most felt tips won't wipe off , but using dry-wipe pens (three are included, as well as an eraser) makes cleaning the surface a breeze. Use as a flat desk or upright board at chair or floor height depending in the project, and the trays at the bottom can be used for basic storage.
Sweetheart dressing table and stool set
You can always count on John Lewis to deliver a classy option, and that's just what you get with this kids activity table from the Great Little Trading Company. With a high-quality painted MDF surface and a heart pattern on the working area, this kids craft desk will adapt as children grow, becoming a sweet dressing table set. The centre of the desk lifts up to reveal a hidden storage tray, perfect for housing pens, papers and materials, and the stay-up hinge means that the lid won't slam shut on its own, so there will be no trapped fingers to worry about!
Multi-purpose activity table and chair set for kids
Okay, so there is one specific kids' activity this kids' activity table is perfect for – and imagine the joy of never stepping on another Duplo brick ever again! – but that is not all that this kids' activity table can be used for. The surface of the table is changeable; one has a 50x50cm dotted base grid for adding Duplo and similar sized building blocks to, which will then be held in place, even if the table is moved. The other surface is smooth, ready to use as a kids' art table, kids' craft table or kids' drawing table. You get 150 Duplo-style blocks included in your pack. The kids' activity table has a hollow design, with a gap beneath the removable surface that can store art materials, or the bricks, as well as side-slung storage buckets which are handy for holding items while the desk is in use. Alternatively, use the table without a surface on top as a sand or water play table. The legs of the kids activity table can be extended to increase the height as your children grow.
My adjustable desk
Here's a moulded plastic kids' drawing table that is suitable for even the littlest crafters. This kids' activity table has an integrated seat attached to the table section, so it can easily be moved around to serve as a kids' art table both inside and out. The seat and the kids' craft table section can both be raised to give then more height as they grow. There are storage holes and trays built into the surface of the kids' activity table for the project they are currently working on, and you can also lift up the working surface to reveal more storage for other craft items underneath. Versatile, lightweight and affordable.
Height adjustable children's study desk & chair
Some little girls won't accept anything unless it is pink – and kids of both sexes will love the features of this adjustable kids' craft table! It features an integrated book stand (pink) and an integrated light with a UK plugs which your child can set to the brightness they want for reading, craft, drawing or play. The surface of the kids' activity table can be angled, with a raised edge meaning things won't fall off when tilted, and a storage draw tray underneath. It is made of moulded plastic on a steel tube interior for extra strength and support with a comfortable and safe finish.
Glass top art desk
Here is a kids' art table that is not just for kids, and we want one for us! Buy it for for older children and it will grow with them as they grow, and could be used by them well into their teens if they take up art or crafting beyond their toddler and tween years. The steel and tempered glass top can be angled to suit their size and their activity, and there is storage at the sides got materials in use, as well as in the two drawers and the tray underneath. The glass surface is especially useful for tracing or cutting out. Though the top can be angled, to change the height, the legs are fixed, so this is not suitable for children under eight unless they are especially tall.
Deluxe art activity desk
If your little one likes to have all their creative materials out on display and within arms' reach, this kids' art table from Step 2 could be the best kids' activity table for you. There is ample storage on the raised shelf area, as well as storage buckets in the legs for larger items. It is made from durable plastic and recommended for ages 3 and up. The top of the kids' art table has a hinged section of dry-wipe board, which can be easily wiped clean, and lifts up to reveal more storage underneath. The chair is included, too.
2-in-1 kids art desk and easel
What we love about this kids' art table is that when it is transformed from a desk into an easel, the storage shelves stay in position, so materials can be kept close at hand, and you don't have to worry about them falling off when the function is changed! The lid of the kids' art table rotates on its hinges so it can be stood upwards a an easel, revealing the dry-white board surface – which is on the inside of the kids' activity table when it is closed. This means your child has a solid, non-slip surface for when they want to sit and draw on paper, and an erasable easel for when they want to go off the page! Recommended for ages 3-8 years.
Thing to make at your kids' activity table
We have some brilliant free craft projects for kids to try here on Gathered! Depending on the season, try our easy easter crafts for kids or our easy Halloween crafts for kids or our Christmas crafts for kids to make at home.
Hannah has worked on Gathered for 2 years, since our launch in 2019. At school Hannah learned to knit collaborating on dorcas blankets – now she edits our knitting section. She inherited her love of stitching and embroidery from her talented grandmother, and her passion for thread led her to be Editor of The World of Cross Stitching for six years. Card making is a more recent passion, developing from her position as editor of Cross Stitch Card Shop. She loves using kinetic techniques to make cards that move – she was editor of Papercraft inspirations magazine for over four years, creating loads of card making video tutorials at www.youtube.com/PapercraftTV.