Craft projects for 2 year old??

Sara - posted on 10/13/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Hello, I was wondering if anyone has some suggestions about cute craft projects you can do with a 2 year old. Thanks!

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Brandy - posted on 10/13/2010

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how about a water proof book? cut out pics from magazines or what ever you want you can even decorate or embellish the pages then get some of those sandwich bags that zip or click shut put your pictures on precut construction paper and slide them into the bags staple the bags together like a book then take some duct tape (which you can decorate or buy colored and make a binding covering up the staples, then your child can look at their bood anywhere even in the bathtub. or save some old plastic water bottles (my fav is the mini nesquick chocolate milk bottles) wash it peel off the lable and let dry then you can fill the bottles together you can fill with water and food coloring and small objects to swirl or half colored water and a some oil is cool because it separates or sand about half way and little shiney treasures they can shake and find, then screw the cap on and duct tape the cap so they cant get it open.

Bethany - posted on 10/13/2010

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oh, check out the community "SAHM's are Teachers!" It has alot of crafty mums with crafty ideas. I have printed out the post "games to play in preparation for writing" which is very toddler oriented, and cheap and easy, LOTS of ideas.

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I bought some small pumpkins last week for decorations. I had three leftover, so I numbered them. Then I helped my daughter count them. I wrote, "1, 2, 3" on them. Then we put the appropriate number of stickers on each. After that I gave her washable markers and let her have at them! She loved it.

The week before we made a scarecrow. I got some of my husbands old clothes, and my daughter helped me stuff them with newspaper. We stuffed hay at the end of the sleeves and pants. I made the head out of an old pillowcase and stuck a hat on top. Very cute and my daughter tells everyone that comes over about it.

I ran across this website recently, and I plan on taking a better look at it soon. It seems to have good learning, crafty activities. Maybe you can find something fun for you and your little one.
http://www.icanteachmychild.com/p/2-3-ye...

Nora - posted on 10/13/2010

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my daughter and I just made construction paper jack o laterns for halloween. I cut out a pumpkin shape on orange constuction paper, and shapes for the face on black constuction paper. Then I let her use a glue stick to glue the shapes on the pumpkin.

Candi - posted on 10/13/2010

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Since I scrapbook, my kids have always been around my crafts and supplies. When they were waay too young to actually scrap, I would give them an old magazine, safety scissors, glue sticks, and construction paper. They were able to cut out the pictures they liked and glue them. They were scrapbooking in their minds! It was amazing to see some things they chose to cut out. We also used to color together a lot. Thats how my kids learned their colors before they were 2. I would ask them for a specific color and they would have to figure out which crayon I wanted. Good Luck

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Sara - posted on 10/16/2010

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Thank you Dana!! I love the random shots I get of him at times :)

All these projects sound great. So many ideas, it's hard to decide what to try out first!

Cara - posted on 10/15/2010

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My daughter just turned 2 yesterday. She LOVES to color and do art projects that require coloring. I was thinking about get some construction paper for her to do some little holiday projects since all the holidays are coming up. I remember as a kid getting to decorate my own paper pumpkin or making hand turkeys(tracing the childs hand and cutting it out for them to decorate) and I loved that stuff. I've also gotten little craft stuff for my daughter so that her and i can make silly lil paper bag puppets and such. Also another fun activity is to take construction paper and you and your child make a little homemade counting book. You can use crayons or markers or paper to make the numbers and you can cut shapes or animals or something to use for each page(ex: 3 ducks...). you could bake some sugar cookies and allow him/her to help you decorate them. You could make toast for breakfast and use a cookie cutter to cut a shape(such as a pumpkin for halloween) and you could sprinkle a little cinnamon and sugar on it for a afternoon treat(you could even use a little food coloring to make the cinn/sug mix a certain color for your toast)

Fiona - posted on 10/14/2010

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Thank you to Bethany for pointing out the "SAHM's are Teachers" community - I hadn't found that one.

My daughter loves walking in woods picking up leaves and sticks, so we made them into a mobile. Very pretty with berries, chestnuts, acorns, walnuts we have foraged for (I used a hand drill to make holes in them to thread through) and she loves it.

Sara - posted on 10/13/2010

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Those all sound like great ideas. We've actually done some of those, and can't wait to try some of the others mentioned. I also appreciate the website suggestions. Looking forward to checking those out as well. Thanks you so much :)

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there are all sorts of them. make different masks with paper plates, colors, glue and scissors. (child safe ones) You can even teach them about the animal you are making while you make it.
You can make mobiles, airplanes, indian story stick, gift boxes, cookie jars, (dry good part only) paint, play-doh, ornaments, and so on. :) There are so many. Let me know if there is one that you want more information on how to do or if you want more ideas. I have 3 girls, I homeschool, and I have hundreds of ideas. :)

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We have made Christmas cards every year since my son was two. We have to make a bunch so we start in October. I purchased a package of red card stock, card envelopes, and a stack of coordinating Christmas scrapbooking paper (all from craft supply store).

I fold the card stock in half and let him decorate.

When he was 2 yrs, I let him tear up the scrapbooking papers and glue them to the card stock, then I trimmed anything that hung over the sides so that it fit nicely into the envelope. I put a cute message inside. When he was 3 yrs, I let him use scissors to cut the scrapbooking paper and glue it on. (if you are careful to buy well coordinated scrapbook paper, even the sloppiest ones look surprisingly very good!)



We also buy the small pumpkins and let him decorate. You can buy adhesive foam shapes at the craft store, like eyes, mouth, etc. or you can cut your own shapes out of a sheet of foam and glue them on. We also let our son draw on them with sharpie markers (do it outside!!! and in old clothes!!), spray them with spray glue and roll them in glitter--there are TONS of ways to decorate a pumpkin and Jake loves the tiny sized ones.

Nora - posted on 10/13/2010

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Crayola also makes color wonder finger paints which only work on special paper so it doesn't make a big mess all over.

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