Posted in Activities & Enrichment, DIY, Stay-at-Home Parents

What’s some fun & easy crafts to do with toddlers (ages 1-4)? I’m not good at coming up with them but i sure love doing them with the kids. I’m an at home mom & would love some ideas for around the house fun!

  • Izzie
    Nov 14, 2017

    Hi! Pinterest gives you tons of options and ideas! Thanksgiving is coming up, how about crafts for the dinner table like simple place mats, utensils decorations, etc... check it out love! Go to your local Dollar Tree or Walmart and they have lots of arts and crafts products!

  • Natalie
    Nov 14, 2017

    Pinterest!

  • Monica
    Nov 14, 2017

    I made pumpkin Playdough for my son’s Kindergarten class. Give them some cookie cutters and they had a blast! We also do a lot of rock painting, we hide & hunt for rocks in local parks. I also pick up craft stuff on clearance from Target or Michaels. Last year me and my 4 year old built a Thanksgiving Native American themed village with a teepee, canoe etc. It was really cute!

  • Marie
    Nov 14, 2017

    Definitely pinterest. Kids also benefit from experiencing different mediums and tools and being taught to use them. They will start out putting paintbrushes in their mouths and glue sticks on their lips, but as you patiently show them how it works, they will develop their creativity. Age one and age four are vastly differently but they can experience the same materials as long as they won't swallow small pieces. Paint, paper, white glue (applied with brushes, not recommended to let the kids squeeze it everywhere), tissue squares, foam shapes, craft jewels, ribbon and yarn pieces, pompoms, playdough with tools, scissors for the older kids, various collage scraps, crayons, markers, glitter (in moderation) and beads are staples in our preschool. Get creative, too. Use a whisk in a bowl of water, make paint prints with apples and celery butts, use a comb in playdough. Always ask yourself if the items around you can be used creatively. Thinking through a theme helps me plan, too. Tips: 1. use daddy's old shirts or button down shirts as smocks. Put them on backwards and you only have to fasten the top button in back. 2.Use a plastic table cloth as a table cover. Either throw away or reuse. 3. limit the supplies available at a time. Today paint with brushes. Tomorrow paint with stamps. 4. Limit playdough colors so there is less fighting and less color mixing. 5. Present the supplies on trays or in baskets and train the kids to put things back to contain the mess. 6. Don't be afraid to make a mess! Don't stress. As long as they aren't chaotically painting the walls or smashing play dough in the rug, you can clean up when they are finished. As long as they are engaged properly, let them explore. Worry about clean up later, and have them help.

  • MamaNukesYopolo
    Nov 14, 2017

    I’m not a big fan of Pinterest. If you are on Facebook I follow “teaching two and three year olds activities...” and they seem to be good for the range you are talking about. They give lots of simple Crafts as she is a teacher. Ideas like using the salad spinner for spin art and using contact paper for fall leaves art and some cool ideas I’ve seen from her.

  • Ellen
    Nov 14, 2017

    https://pin.it/c6jcmqbgsl7ett I’m hoping the link above works. I have a board full of children craft ideas. Have a look or simply type in children’s crafts on Pinterest. You can also check with your local library. I know ours here keeps craft projects at the ready and you just have to ask to use the supplies. 😊

  • Emma
    Nov 14, 2017

    My daughter and I made this “love fall” craft with leaves from our yard. I drew on the paper(she’s 3) and she glued the leaves on. 😊

  • Ali
    Nov 15, 2017

    Pinterest has so many great ideas! Throw in some educational stuff as well! Crafts with letters and numbers and such!

  • Nikki
    Nov 15, 2017

    We had styrofoam pumpkins for Halloween that we just let the kids put stickers on, stamps, I glue leaves and eye balls where they wanted. They loved it and no mess. You could do this for anytime just get supplies at Michaels. Another big hit in my house is coloring anything. I use wipe away crayons and markers so they don’t make a mess on my table. Ages 1 & 2

  • Jason
    Nov 16, 2017

    If you are looking for something unique and artsy you could check out positivespacepainting.com They sell premium finger painting kits that are easy to use, fun, and have a great result! We have our 18 month old's painting up on our wall :)

  • Gabby
    Nov 29, 2017

    Making homemade pizza with funny faces