Why Do We Need Crafts for Toddlers?
they are a blur of activity and wonder. Toddlers are interested in so many different things that it is the perfect time for parents to harness this energy and excitement about learning. One great way to keep your active child busy and learning is by working on crafts with them.
Crafts for toddlers can take many shapes and forms. At this age, their fine motor skills are starting to develop as are their gross motor skills. When looking for craft ideas, parents need to keep in mind that the more fine motor activity their children get, the better it is for their development. The small muscles in the fingers are responsible for lots of important skills like handwriting that they will need once they begin school. The more use those muscles get early on, the stronger they will be. Crafts are an excellent way of exercising those fingers!
There are so many different crafts for toddlers that you can try. Once you find one that your child seems to really enjoy, you can do it over and over again, or create variations on it to keep them interested.
Simple Craft Ideas for Toddlers
A great craft for toddlers is stamp painting because there are so many ways to do it. Give your child some washable paints (any kind! even some of the homemade versions) and some thick paper. Give them items to cover with the paint and stamp onto the paper. Some great things to use are fruits or vegetables cut so that there is a flat surface (potatoes, apples, carrots, etc.), blocks, cookie cutters, or sponges. You can also create interesting stamps by taking wooden blocks, and gluing things onto them like pipe cleaners, pieces of bubble wrap, tiny rocks, sand, broken twigs, etc.
Torn Paper Collage
Give your child different colors of construction paper and let them tear it into tiny pieces. They can then glue the pieces onto some plain paper to create abstract designs, patterns, or pictures.
This oldie but goodie is a perfect craft for toddlers. Use wide noodles that they can easily string onto yarn, shoelaces, or some sort of string. The noodles can be painted, or colored with food coloring ahead of time. You can also cut up straws for them to string onto the laces as an alternative.
Give your child a bottle of glue and let them make shapes onto construction or white paper. Sprinkle the glue with colored sand, salt, glitter, tiny beads, or whatever other small sensory object you can think of!
Painted handprints can be turned into a variety of objects. Make them into trees, turkeys, caterpillars, or flowers.
Contact Paper Stained Glass
Use clear contact paper and tape it to a window sticky side out. Have your child tear up small pieces of colorful tissue paper to stick onto the contact paper.
Make A Jellyfish
Cut out a semi-circle from paper or card stock. Have your child tear crepe paper into pieces for tentacles. Glue the tentacles onto the semi-circle.
Cut strips of poster board into bookmark sized pieces. Let your child color them with markers or crayons, paint them, put stickers on them or glue things to them to create their own bookmarks that they can keep in books that they love.
Cut a paper plate in half. Have your child paint it brown. Glue in pompoms with googly eyes for birds.
Egg Carton Caterpillars
Cut an egg carton in half lengthwise (to make the caterpillar body). Let your child paint it or color it however they would like. Let them glue on googly eyes and pipe cleaner antennas.
Toddlers are very easy to please in the arts and crafts department and are not very critical of their parents’ artistic abilities! Keep in mind that the most important thing is to let them explore, and let them do it their way. Perfection is not the goal! Having fun with your child, letting them explore, and building their fine motor skills is.