arts and crafts ideas for a 3 year old and 2 1/2 year old

Mandy - posted on 03/26/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )




Hi All, I'm wondering if any of you out there have some good art ideas for young preschool age kids. My daughter is 3 and her friend who I babysit 4 days a week is 2 1/2, I'm running out of art ideas that keep them interested. I have all the usual, finger paints, regular paint with different style brushes, watercolors, play doh, coloring books with crayons, markers.....I've also pretty much used all the free printable stuff you can find online at the preschool activity websites.....they have done some stuff with matching and gluing shapes out of construction paper and stuff......I'm just running out of ideas........any help????


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Sounds like you've been ambitious in constantly finding new activities for her. That's so sweet, but probably unnecessary. Children are fascinated with repeating the same activities - it's how they learn. Why not spend a week or two on making paper chains, for instance? Ask for your daughter's input - what would she like to make a paper chain out of? Maybe you could try different materials. Newspaper one day, painting paper and cutting it up into strips to make chains the next, etc. She can experience how the same activity changes when she uses different materials and processes.

Also, make playdough with her. Children love to cook! Different playdough recipes render different tactile experiences - texture, smell, color, etc.

Make a nature collage - collect things in your backyard and glue them onto paper.

One of my daughter's favorite activities is rain painting.

Write a story with her and then have her illustrate it.

Emma - posted on 03/29/2010




My kids love making plate art, i got a stack of paper plates and they decorate them sometimes we do faces other times they just stick glitter and paint on them.
another fun one is to make heads with grass hair that they can cut, they sell these but they are so easy to make and the kids can help make them. and draw the faces on them.
you can make musical instruments to that nice and easy just save some plastic bottles and you put a bit of rice or any dried stuff that will fit through the hole like dried peas or the dried soup mix. do the top up tightly and get them to decorate (only do this if you can take the noise.) we made a stage out of an old pallet and some old curtains and they must go and prepare proformas for us and then we watch, they sing and dance and tell stories.
Hope some of that helps

Kristin - posted on 03/26/2010




It's spring; plant a garden, use sidewalk chalk, blow bubbles. Save the art stuff for the icky days when you can't be outside. They really aren't going to mind doing some of the same stuff over and over. Also, your local library may have books that will have lots of ideas for you. Sorry if that isn't a huge help, but it may be a nice change of pace for them and you.

Oh yea, it's almost Easter. Even if you don't observe, they will love the coloring, hiding, and finding of the eggs.

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