Good Craft Projects for Toddlers?

Jonna - posted on 01/24/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any ideas for any projects? We do all kinds of fun things all the time, but I'm always looking for new ideas. One of our favorite things to do is to go to the Lowe's Build and Grow clinics. We have made a 3 part train and a ball toss, and they are totally free. My son loves it! But I'm looking for more ideas for things to do at home, cheap!

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Krissy - posted on 02/11/2011

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My toddlers always loved cooking, and the mess was usually contained in the kitchen. I even let them crack their own eggs (lots of patience)...

The library has toddler story times, and they sometimes include crafts and activities that are fun!

Painting is a big hit, if you can put up with messes... they love to paint.. with various brushes, fingers, stamps, etc..

Make a home made clay (drying kind) and use cookie cutters to cut out animals or other shapes... when dry (either baked on low oven or left to sit)... paint them!

Stringing beads is great... good fine motor control. My daughter LOVES to cut with scissors, too... then glue what she cut out (all kinds of funky shapes) with glue sticks onto paper with stickers and sequins.

Make "see through" shakers, use a good quality freezer bag.. have child put in a few feathers, sequins, dry beans, bell... etc... can use duct tape to tape the zipper end really good so it's not as likely to open. Still supervise for choking hazaard. Play music and shake shaker.

Same idea as above, only use soap and soft squishy sea animals and make a bag to play with in tub (in case it punctures then soap is in tub)

Paint a pumpkin or other gourd... (why wait for halloween)

Make your own Mr. Potato (or Mr. Cucumber) head. Might find accessories at thrift stores (arms, noses, etc..)

Get face stickers, like nose, eyes, mouth, etc... and let them make faces on small balloons... (again supervise choking hazards)

Plant something... they love that... Either indoor or outdoor. Use a glass jar, and soak dry lima's in a pot for a day... then line the glass jar with paper towel, fill with a soil, sand, etc... drop seed between glass and paper towel. Let it grow... check it and show child the roots that appear.

print and laminate pictures of loved ones... just their faces... and big enough to be stepping stones... then play a game of jumping from one person to another. (can use any thing... shapes, colors, numbers, letters... etc.. later for preschool stuff)

Robin - posted on 02/06/2011

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My daughter likes to decorate old kleenex boxes with glitter glue and stickers, then she turns them into beds for her babies.

Lizanne - posted on 01/29/2011

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I am all for cheap crafts to do at home - what we usually do is clear off the dining room table and put out anything from play-dough to toilet paper tubes, paper, crayons, tape - it amazes me every time what my son comes up with!

We also love wrapping his own toys as if they were presents and have a pretend birthday party and open them up again.

I make coloring books:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/47768922/Rainy...

A site I love is http://www.crapivemade.com/
Don't know if its applicable for you, but it is a source of inspiration for me!

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Kaitlyn - posted on 02/23/2012

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WE LOVE CRAFTING! My boys are 1 and 2.5 years old. I recently started a blog with some of our recent crafts on it! :) Some of our favorites have been coffee filter crafts and recycling crayons!

http://​thecraftmomster.blogspot.com/

Lizanne - posted on 02/12/2011

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Speaking of cooking: who knows the 'Feed Me I'm Yours' by Vicki Lansky?? Includes the recipe to make your own play-dough, for example. Super great book with awesome fun food to make with kids and birthday party tips!

Jonna - posted on 02/11/2011

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Wow!!! Those are some great ideas!!! Thanks so much!!! Definitely going to try some of those!! Can't wait!!

Jonna - posted on 02/11/2011

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Awesome!!! Thanks!! We've done a lot of painting lately. But I'm running out of ideas for things to paint!! LOL

Hayley - posted on 02/11/2011

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My daughter and I like to bake cookies then take some frosting and make houses (like gingerbread at christmas.. .but for all season). We also try to do craft projects for the holidays (Christmas Ornaments, Valentine Cards) and we're working on her birthday invites now. We've been at them for a couple months.

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