20 Craft ideas for toddlers

I’ve put together a collection of toddler friendly craft ideas.  Getting into the paints and glue helps to get their creative juices flowing, creating something for them to be proud of.  This is a great way for mum and child to spend time together.  Hope you enjoy these craft ideas for toddlers.

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Craft ideas for toddlers

Coloured Rice for Sensory Play – It’s vibrant and gorgeous!  You can use coloured rice for all kinds of sensory activities, and it’s SO easy to make! Idea found via Happy Hooligans.

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Painting on the Fence – Head outside to do some painting with your toddler. It’s fun for them and the clean up is easy for the grown-ups. Just hose off the fence and the toddler, too. Idea found via Kiwi Crate.Toddler Craft Ideas 7

Handprint Painting – Painting your handprint is such a simple and fun activity for the kids. Most of these super easy and so effective. A few creatives ideas here and here.

Homemade Playdough – Hours of fun and creativity can be had with playdough. View my recipe here.

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Handprint Tree – Use cotton buds to paint leaves on a tree, and use a print of the hand as a brand. Idea found via Popsugar.

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Wooden Block Prints – This project is as simple as collecting a few of your toddler’s wooden blocks and adding some paint. Block prints are colorful and fun, with bold and geometric results. Plus, this art activity is seriously easy, making it perfect for little ones.. Idea found via Popsugar.

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Bubble Painting –POP! There is something just so magical about bubbles and my girls LOVE anything bubbles – Idea found via Childhood 101.

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Straw and Stick Construction – I collected some straws and sticks of various sizes and some tape, dumped them on the table and said “What can you build from straws, sticks and tape?”.  Idea found via Picklebums.

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Plastic Bead Suncatcher –The melted bead suncatchers were surprisingly easy to create yet are very durable. Unlike most suncatchers and stained glass projects we make out of paper or contact paper, these melted bead suncatchers will last and last and will also withstand the elements for outdoor use. Idea found via the artful parent.

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Printing Roses using celery – Printing Roses using Celery! This is such a FUN and simple art project! I have so many fond memories of doing this activity at home with my Mum when I was little. We simply used the base of the celery bunch, dipped it in paint and then stamped onto some card stock. Simple and FUN! Idea found via Paging Fun Mums.

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Sticker Paint Creation –Finger painting is tons of fun for lil ones, so take things to the next level with the help of a few puffy stickers. Along with honing fine motor skills, finger painting introduces your tot to color and what happens when they mix together. Idea found via Popsugar.

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Sensory Play: Sand box diamond mine – fabulous sensory activity. Idea found via Childhood 101.

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Eye Spy Binoculars –These simple DIY eye spy binoculars make the game a lot more fun. Idea found via Laughing Kids Learn.

Colour Match Caterpillar – It’s so fun when children start learning new things like colors. Idea found via Kiwi Crate.

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Flower Print Art –The types of flowers you choose and how hard you hit the flowers will determine the flower prints that show up. You may like your prints without paint. Idea found via Inspiration Laboratories.

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Water Colours on Wet Paper – Process art – an activity where the focus is on the doing, not on what you create in the end.  Idea found via Picklebums.

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Pom Pom Rainbow – Create a colourful pom pom rainbow, get’s the kids to coordinate their colour skills. Idea found via Danya Banya.

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Hungry Paper Plate Fish –Paper plates are cheap, versatile and great to make into lots of crafts. This hungry fish is a very simple but impactful craft for pre school children. Idea found via My Kid Craft.

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Aboriginal Art for Kids –Kids love stickers almost as much as they love lollies. Why not combine stickers with an educational activity and get them to create their own dot sticker art on a map of Australia.. Idea found via Kidspot.

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Sensory Fun – Bubble Wrap Finger Painting – There was also lots of exploration with fingertips, feeling the paint and feeling the knobbly surface of the bubble wrap. Idea found via Childhood 101.

Toddler Craft Ideas 15What is your toddlers favourite craft activity?

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16 comments

Kate Lloyd June 25, 2015 - 9:18 AM

Such a wonderful collection of toddler activities. Lots of these ideas I’m sure would be enjoyed in the school holidays too! Thank you Kat for including LKL.

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Hale Mercantile June 25, 2015 - 11:09 AM

In our house, we love taking old linen sheets and turn them into tents for some indoor camping.

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Kate - Kat's Assistant June 26, 2015 - 8:37 AM

Ooh i used to love doing that as a kid too! So much fun!.:)

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Kate June 26, 2015 - 10:11 AM

Thanks! We will be making playdoh and celery prints tomorrow. We are expecting rain for a couple of days in NJ. These are perfect!

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Miriam June 26, 2015 - 1:23 PM

Love all these ideas – and many of them are suitable for older kids too – fab!!!!
A couple of other things that my little ones have loved are weaving and “stained glass”. The weaving requires a piece of cardboard with slits at each end, wrap wool or yarn around the card so that it catches in the slits. Then use ribbons, leaves, wool scraps, grass etc

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Miriam June 26, 2015 - 1:27 PM

Oops – bumped post comment before I was done.
… use ribbons, leaves, wool scraps, grass, paper strips etc for weaving through the string on your cardboard 🙂
The stained glass also needs a little adult set up. Get some card, cut out the middle in any shape you like, cover in contact on one side and then give your tot a container of cellophane

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Miriam June 26, 2015 - 1:29 PM

How embarrassing, I’ve done it again – stupid fat fingers! Haha!
Use the cellophane on the sticky contact. You can then leave it as is or cut around the stained glass either leaving a border of cardboard or not. Use blue tack to attach to a window 🙂
I’m actually finished now 🙂

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Named August 20, 2016 - 12:06 AM

I was so amazed with such innovative and stupendous craft ideas to make the real fun for a child. The child can happily boost the mind for grabbing new things easily and spend much of the time with her mom. Thanks for the vibrant ideas!

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Vijayalakshmi January 30, 2018 - 4:02 AM

Thanks a lot Kat for these great ideas. Tried finger painting with my 1.5yrs son. He is so excited to play with colors. Am now addicted to these toddlers activities.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 30, 2018 - 9:44 AM

Oh that’s wonderful. So much fun! Kids grow up so fast, enjoy these moments

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TRACEY April 4, 2019 - 11:04 AM

Do you have a baby safe paint recipe for a one year old?

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kreativekidoosdaycare July 12, 2019 - 10:01 PM

Gratefulness for bestowing this interesting blog for art and craft activities for kids. This is great for learners of all ages. The arts and crafts activities will keep children learn fun and engage. Thanks for the motivation.

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kreativekidoosdaycare August 7, 2019 - 10:14 PM

Thanks for sharing this interesting blog with us. I love all types of art & craft. I also want to try to make this with preschoolers. These activities will help to grow the skill development of kids.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife August 8, 2019 - 8:46 AM

So happy that you got so much out of this blog. I’m sure the preschoolers will love the craft ideas 🙂 Kat x

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kreativekidoosdaycare September 6, 2019 - 5:57 PM

Thanks for sharing this interesting blog with us. Art and Craft Activities for Kids are fun for children who want to make something unique. These activities will help to grow the skill development of kids.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife September 10, 2019 - 9:36 AM

Glad you loved these ideas 🙂 Kat

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