Right now, our social media feed is filled with engaging and inspiring online content; we love watching Laurie Berkner live in her living room, virtually touring the National Gallery of Art and taking free ballet lessons online. But it’s nice to squeeze in some hands-on activities into the daily lesson plan, too. Running out of pipe cleaners and scrap paper to fill the void? These DC businesses are offering kits so you can craft, cook and be curious about learning right in your own home. You can grab these curbside or order a box for delivery. Scroll on for our favorite DIY kits for little makers in Washington, DC.

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Make-At-Home Pizza Kits
You can’t lug Stellina Pizzeria’s brick oven home for baking, but you can grab a pizza kit to-go. Dough, sauce, cheese and toppings are included for curbside pick up or delivery. Make dinner time an art competition: have fun making individual pies into masterpieces. Before you eat be sure to judge who has the most artful toppings. Buon appetito!

Cost: $15
399 Morse St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
Online: stellinapizzeria.com

photo: State of Kid via Yelp

Be a Sparkling Detective
Studying rocks is fun. Inspecting gemstones is even better! The Gemology Detective Kit from Hunt Country Jewelers features everything you need to identify gems, including an authentic jeweler’s loupe, gem tweezers, workbooks and, of course, gems! Still looking for some guidance? The Purcellville jewelry shop will soon be streaming how-to videos to help with the process. Kits can be ordered online.

Cost: $20
105 E. Main Street
Purcellville, VA 20132
Online: huntcountry.com/kids-gemology-detective

photo: Yoga Sew Good via Yelp

Sew Much Fun
Three Little Birds, a sewing company in Hyattsville, is offering local delivery, curbside pick up and shipments of a wide variety of their fabrics and maker kits. Make a quilt fit for a dollhouse; teeny tiny 6 inch quilting kits are perfect for tucking in your child’s favorite miniature doll after completion. There are also cross stitch, felting, embroidery and knitting kits. Or order some fabric for your own personal project.

Cost: Starting at $13
5132 Baltimore Ave, Studio B
Hyattsville, MD 20781
Online: threelittlebirdssewingco.com


 photo: Kathy M. via Yelp

Kil’n It with Pottery Crafts
Skip the kiln with these ready-to-ship pottery pieces from Big Dog Pots. Customize your piece with five pick-your-own paint colors (included in each order) for a personalized piece. These paints don’t need to be fired, so once your paint dries, your piece is ready to be displayed. If you want that post-kiln, shiny finish, simply spray with Krylon’s high gloss sealer.

Cost: Starting at $12.50
8287 East Main Street
Marshall, Virginia 20115
Online: bigdogpots.net/pottery–canvas-to-go-kits

photo: Jennifer S. via Yelp

Dig for Gold
We’re not sure there is any gold in these here parts, but there are rocks, gems and arrowheads to dig for. Great Country Farms (GCF) has filled each of these to-go bags with special surprises hidden in dirt. Grab your beach sifter and a kiddie pool and get ready to pan like a gold miner. Or sprinkle one of these kits over a special area for an authentic dig. When you place your order (only available for curbside pick up), be sure to add GCF’s famous donuts to go. You can also add fresh farm eggs, spinach, kale and pre-filled Easter eggs to your order.

18780 Foggy Bottom Rd.
Bluemont, VA 20135
(540) 554-2073
Online: greatcountryfarms.com

photo: Ofkors Bakery via Yelp

That’s a Wrap
Roll your way to sweet and gooey goodness with take-and-bake French cooking kits from Petite LouLou Crêperie & Café. Just in time for Easter, they are also offering their famous Cadbury filled croissants for home baking complete with an online tutorial. Kids can also whip up homemade Nutella from scratch with the guidance of a Zoom how-to class. We can’t think of a sweeter way to spend a lazy afternoon. You can pick up your kit at Union Market or drive to their flagship store in Purcellville.

Cost: Starting at $15
Union Market
1309 5th St. NE
Washington, DC 20002

713 E Main St.
Purcellville, VA 20132
(540) 441-3135

—Meghan Yudes Meyers


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