CRAFT FOR TODDLER – Toddlers love arts and crafts. But, since they still put things in their mouths it great to give them crafts that won’t make them sick. More than that, cereal crafts let them play around with textures, and work on those fine motor skills. These 25 Cereal Crafts for Toddlers are adorable, great for fine motor skills, and are just a really fun sensory experience. Have fun!
Lengthen your little one’s attention span and spur creativity with well-planned craft time. From squirt gun painting to sticker lettering, here you’ll find a bunch of solid ideas to fill any afternoon.
Preschoolers can finger paint paper plates, then add construction paper faces and limbs to create their own petting zoos. Paper plates provide the perfect canvas for kids–they’re sturdy enough for paint and glue, and double as a convenient paint palette.
Toilet Paper Roll Butterflies
Brightly painted and sectioned cardboard rolls make the wings for a colorful pipe cleaner butterfly. Kiddos will love imagining different patterns and designs for their butterfly wings, but they’ll need a bit of help gluing the bug together.
Egg Carton Snails
Upcycle empty egg cartons into cute crawling critters with this easy project. Kids paint the egg cups, transforming them into shells, then twist a pipe cleaner into the perfect googly-eyed snail face. Grown-ups need to lend a hand to hot glue things together on this one.
Magic Milk Paint
Toddlers get a bit of chemistry with their art in this activity–a little whole milk, food coloring, and a dish soap-dipped toothpick provide a play surface that will keep little ones entertained for hours. Kids also get firsthand experience at color mixing with this one!
Cotton Round Caterpillar
Bathroom supplies turn into wild creatures with this kids’ craft! Drip watercolor paints onto cotton rounds (little ones will love watching the paint spread), then assemble into caterpillars on construction paper. Don’t forget the googly eyes!
Popsicle Stick Snowflakes
Sparkle takes center stage with this project–preschoolers cover craft sticks in glitter and sequins for their own homemade ornaments or magnets. Turn these into twinkling stars or sparkly sun catchers to make them appropriate for any time of year.
Bring the garden indoors with this painting activity. Preschoolers apply fingerprints, thumbprints, or handprints to pre-drawn leaves and stems, ultimately creating a lovely field of flowers.
Take your toddlers out for a day of bird sighting with their homemade binoculars! This easy tutorial gives great ideas for decorating TP rolls, then attaching two together with yarn to form the special, individualized specs.
A kid’s instrument made with materials you already have at home? Now that’s music to our ears.
Thanks to these bath paints, you can keep toddler messes in the tub for easy cleanup.
Your little Picassos can craft these colorful turkeys while you cook the real one on Thanksgiving.
Homemade Scented Play Dough
Um, remember Play-Doh? It was always so fun until it hardened into a rock or you tried eating it and couldn’t feel your tongue for a few weeks. Well, now there’s a recipe that’s just as fun and probably a lot less toxic! Plus, this recipe is made with powdered drink mixes, which means it smells good. It’s like smelly markers and Play-Doh all mixed into one. Please don’t eat it, though.
Torn Paper Shape Collage
If you’re feeling “torn” about what kind of picture to do (sorry, that joke was begging to be made), you can go for some minimalistic shapes, or try to copy another image. It’s easier than it sounds, promise.
Wooden Block Prints
Are you ashamed of the blocks gathering dust in a box in the hall closet? Ever since iPads happened, blocks probably aren’t the first option. Here’s an opportunity to dust ’em off and put ’em to good use in a fun and colorful way.
Plastic Bead Suncatcher
Get ready to take arts ‘n’ crafts to the next level. That’s right, we’re talking some bead-melting genius that will melt your face with its awesomeness. This DIY comes from The Artful Parent, and will help your child feel like the best new artist to hit the scene.
This dough is one of those strange science wonders that most adults can’t even properly explain. It’s powdery one moment and wet and sandy the next. Don’t even ask, the most scientific explanation we have is, “Because, you know. Stuff mixes together to make stuff.”
Tissue Paper Beauties
A fun and modern twist on the classic tissue paper flower! Toddlers will have a blast tearing up the tissue, and selecting the perfect button for the center!
Bird’s Next Bowl
These bowls are incredibly cool, and would make a great activity for anyone, whether you have kids or not! They are easy to make, but definitely produce a really artistic effect. They’d look great sitting on any table or shelf, and you might very well decide to keep them out and use them through the rest of the year.
I imagine there are a lot of ways you could subtly modify this project with different colors or sizes of paper strips or even arrangements of strips. A very colorful and fun project that children or grown-ups can enjoy.
Papier-mache Easter Eggs
These eggs are a fun alternative to the plastic Easter eggs you buy at the store! While they are fragile and can easily break open (by pulling on a string), they also are durable in their own way and can hold quite a lot of candy. You will probably be surprised at how heavy you can make them.
Just like a real egg, you have to break them open to get at what’s inside. So they add fun to Easter in two ways; they give you something fun to create with your kids, and you kids will also have fun breaking them later to get at the candy. The actual process of creating them is itself pretty entertaining, and involves water balloons! As a cute bonus, hide some little chicks inside a few of the eggs and surprise your children with them.
Bunny Bean Bags
This is an adorable project without a step-by-step tutorial, but judging from the simplicity of the toy, it would be quite easy to figure out how to make these from scratch. For children who want to learn some basic sewing, they would make a fun activity—not bad for the grown-up who loves to sew either.
Just look at those cute fluffy little tails! This is another project you could easily do variations on. Get some yellow fabric and add on little beaks and you could easily make chick bean bags too. These are a blast to play with too! They’re so cute and probably so addicting to make that you shouldn’t be surprised if they multiply like … well, bunnies.