Toddler Crafts – Great ideas for crafting with your toddler
Arts and crafts activities provide hours of fun and learning for toddlers. Toddlers love doing arts and crafts! You will be amazed at how much they can do once you start introducing them to various craft items. Try some of these activities with your 1½ to 3-year-old child to boost their creativity.
small paper bag
green construction paper
In order to make this toddler crafts idea take a small lunch bag and stuff it with newspaper. Tie a rubber band around the top of the bag leaving some bag at the top for a stem. Next, paint below the rubber band red for the apple and the top stem should be painted brown. After this dries, you can cut out and attach a green construction paper leaf.
Paper Towel Colouring
Let them color with a marker on a sheet of paper towel. Paper towels have different, fun prints nowadays. You can even get holiday themes. The markers give a soft, watercolor look on the paper towels. Markers color easily, with just a touch for the littlest ones, and the older ones can make designs my marking along the raised texture of the towels. They will get a kick making it look like a quilt.
When they’re done, let them spritz their artwork with a waterbottle so they can see the colors bleed and blend. Could work into a lesson on primary and secondary colors for the older children.
Cereal Bird Feeder
Instructions for making a simple bird feeder using cereal.
This is a very popular toddler crafts idea:
Donut-Shaped Cereal (cheerios)
Cut a piece of yarn to one and a half or two feet long. Tie a pencil or any other object about the same size on one end of the yarn. String the cereal onto the yarn. Remove the pencil and tie both ends of the yarn together. Hang outside!
Meat Tray Boats
Ask local grocery store for unused, clean meat trays. Make great boats – just cut out the shape. Plus collect milk caps and toss them onto floating meat trays with letters/numbers/colors on them. Letters–write upper case on trays; lowercase on caps. They try to make matches. (Younger ones just throw blank caps and try to say the letter it lands on.) Numbers-Match quantity w/numeral or add up points. (meat trays have 1 or 2 dots or shapes on them) Colors–match color of milk cap with color of tray (laminated construction paper circle tapes to it).
These are really fun to do in a water table or shallow paddling pool.
Butterfly Ink Blot
Cut out a butterfly shape on white paper, the shape should be symmetrical. Fold the paper in half, and ask the child to paint half of the butterfly. When the child is finished, ask him/her to press the paper halves together, so that both sides will look the same. Have the child rub the folded paper. Open the paper, and you have a butterfly with matching wings.
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Bread Painting Snack
A fun snack idea, paint a piece of bread!
New Paint Brush
Decide how many colors you want to use and gather that many small cups. Put about 1/4 cup of milk in each cup. Using the food coloring, add a different color to each cup. Add the food coloring until you get a bright color. Now, use the paint brush and paint a picture on a piece of bread. Make sure that bread doesn’t get too wet. When your picture is done, toast the bread. Now you have a master piece to eat! If you want to you can top the toast with a bit of butter.
Paper Plate Crown
It is easy to make a special crown for your children out of a paper plate.
To make this simple toddler crafts idea, you will need:
Paper plate (not the plastic kind)
Markers, crayons or paint
Scissors (or Exacto knife)
Optional additions to this toddler crafts idea:
Glue or Double-sided tape Stickers, foam or paper cutouts, beads, sequins, feathers, fake flowers, glitter glue or other decorations
Use your scissors or Exacto knife to cut from the center of your paper plate outward in eight strips ( like a pie), ending each about an inch from the outer edge of the plate. This will create eight triangles, each anchored by the “brim” formed along the edge of the plate; bend each triangle upward to form a crown. (in other words, poke a hold in the middle of the paper plate, and cut towards the rim of the plate – make 8 cuts like a pie so all cuts start from the center. Then fold the triangles up so the points stand up.)
Use paint, glitter glue and other items to decorate your crown. You may want to add paper cutouts to the tip of each triangle to make the crown extra special. Consider making these crowns for seasons and holidays; make a birthday crown with candles and jewels, a winter crown with snowmen and snowflakes or a spring crown with flowers and baby chicks and ducks.
*When making this toddler crafts idea I let the children decorate the plates before they’re cut!!*
Easy toddler crafts idea:
Glue together 2 Toilet paper rolls. hole punch on the outside top and use yarn to make a strap. Decorate with markers. Take the kids on a nature walk and let them use their binoculars to look for birds in the trees and other creatures.
Vinegar Heart Pictures
Have the children use a paint brush to cover a white piece of construction paper with white vinegar. Then, let the children place pre-cut red and pink tissue paper hearts all over the construction paper. When the vinegar dries, the tissue paper will fall off and will leave read heart prints.
This toddler crafts idea can be modified to fit any theme!!!
Ages: 2 – 4
- Two Paper Plates
- Rice or Beans
- Markers, crayons, stickers, etc.
- Streamers or Ribbon
Have the children decorate the outside of the plates – can be adapted here to any theme. Then staple them together putting beans and rice inside before sealing. There you have it, a nice, easy, fun to make tambourine your child is sure to love. Staple streamer or ribbon strips around the plates. The kids love to wave these around. I like to let them use these while we dance around – great for rainy days!
Classic toddler crafts idea:
1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup dish liquid, 1 quart water
Pour the water in a shallow tub. Stir in sugar until it dissolves. Add dishwashing liquid and stir again. Kids can use a fly swatter, and swing it in the air to make lots of bubbles. A empty pop bottle can be cut at bottom of it and use that as a blower..
Tear Free Bubbles (For Younger Children)
1/4 cup no-tears baby shampoo, 3/4 cup water, 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
Mix all ingredients and let bubbles settle. Put into a bottle.
Fruit Loop Sand
This one is a very popular toddler crafts idea:
Get a box of Froot Loops and have the kids sort the colors. Then, put the different colors into baggies and let them crush them til they’re powdery. Then let them use them like colored sand in a baby food jar and make layers. Looks like the real thing, without the hazard of them eating the sand. Plus, I think kids of many ages would enjoy doing this! (You can also get plastic or glass bottles with tops to do this in at the craft store for pretty cheap.)
plastic tubing any diameter (home depot plumbing dept)
plastic end caps (home depot)
hot glue (Parents / Carers only!!)
Fill an end cap with hot glue and push it onto the end of a tube (cut to the length you would like) Let dry. Fill 1/2 with water and 1/2 with corn syrup or baby oil as above. Add food coloring or sequins/beads etc. Fill another end cap with hot glue and press onto the top of tube, let dry.
I call these “magic wands”. They are soft and flexible and can really be used as a good gross motor activity! Show the children how to turn them upside down and watch the water move. Toddlers will wear them as necklaces, or pull them around like snakes. Held up to the sunlight they are dazzling. Put different colored wands over each other and watch the “new color”.
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I’m sure most of you have a set of these but I wanted to share incase some of you don’t. Take empty plastic bottles (soda or water) fill with water and “other item”:
a. Lava bottles: fill 1/2 water and food coloring, and 1/2 baby oil. It produces a lava lamp effect when tilted.
b. Snow globes: fill half with water and half with corn syrup. Add glitter, beads, paper clips etc. The corn syrup makes the glitter fall slowly for dazzling effects.
c. Discovery bottles (not pictured): fill with rice and small objects like dice, small toys, paper clips etc. As you roll the bottle, different objects will come to the surface to be discovered.
Once filled, simply fill the bottle caps with hot glue and turn them on. Let set until dry and you have a great addition to you sensory set.! Set these bottles in a sunny window for even more dazzling effects!
Are you looking for festive craft ideas for your toddler? If so then CLICK HERE for easy step-by-step Christmas craft ideas to complete with your toddler.