Quick Craft Projects or Games

Andrea - posted on 09/23/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I am just looking for some quick craft projects or games to do with my almost-two-year-old son now that (sadly) the weather will be getting colder soon and we won't be able to play outside as much.

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September - posted on 09/23/2010

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Some things that we enjoy doing with our two year old is....color, make homemade finger paints and paint, make egg carton caterpillar's, make hand puppets, make homemade play dough, we enjoy making hand and foot prints for daddy's desk at work, painting flowers pots and then planting a plant in them, make food animals or bugs made with gumdrops and pretzels, we also invested in some fun stamps and our son loves to just stamp away on a piece of paper. Our son always enjoys cooking and baking so we do a lot of that as well!

As far as games go here are some fun ones...

What's in the bag?
Cut out shapes from construction paper. This can be done in different colors or shapes. Put them in a brown paper bag and as you pull one out of the bag have your child guess either color or shape. If they guess correctly they get to keep/hold it, and they think they win!! Encourages recognition and fun for kids

Lace it up:
Any firm paper or cardboard will do. Punch holes in a straight line, or make different patterns. You can then use a shoe lace, ribbon, or string to lace it up.

Family match-up:
Using photos on my computer of family and friends, I printed out 2 copies each of each family member, cut into 2 inch squares and created a great Memory game by placing each photo face down and having him guess where the matches are. This has helped my 2 year old learn names of all family members as well as sharpen his memory skills.

Toddler twister
Toddler Twister- tape shapes to the floor and have your toddler touch their nose to the circle or jump on the square.

Hidden object:
Place four cups closed with an object placed in any one of them ... ask the child to find the hidden object.

I hope you enjoy crafting and gaming with your 2 year old! :)

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Jenni - posted on 10/04/2010

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We just made a cardboard house together!! My daughter turned two yesterday and one of her presents came in a big cardboard box so we cut one end off and raised it up for the roof, cut a door that she can open and close - we made a cardboard handle for the outside - and windows on all sides, one is a shuttered window so she can open and close that too. She loves it! Loves to play hide and seek with me....or her teddies....with it too. Have fun!!

September - posted on 09/24/2010

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You're welcome! :) Don't feel uncreative! I was the same way until I started to explore craft and game ideas once our son was old enough to enjoy them. It's a learning process that continues to grow as our son grows. Enjoy! :)

Andrea - posted on 09/24/2010

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Thank you September! Those are great ideas. You make me feel very uncreative! lol :)

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