Toddler development

11 easy toddler crafts

Looking for a fun way to entertain your toddler? Try one of these simple toddler crafts that also helps her development!

By Tina Barkley

11 easy toddler crafts

11 easy toddler crafts

Flower print

Just the novelty of this craft makes it fun—it’s painting without the paintbrush. Use whichever flowers are growing in your garden. Have her practice naming her colours as she paints. Find it here: learning4kids.net

11 easy toddler craftsPhoto: Learning4kids

Bathtub art

Bath time just got a whole lot messier! As your tot is making a masterpiece on the wall, she’s also learning about mixing colours. Red plus yellow equals… Find it here: How to make shaving cream bathtub art

11 easy toddler craftsPhoto: Today's Parent

Paper plate craft

The perfect fall craft for little kids! Have your wee one hold the scissors, while you guide her hand to cut the apple. This is a fun way to improve her fine motor skills. Find it here: blitsy.com

11 easy toddler craftsPhoto: Blitsy

Ice paint

This art project is great for days when it’s too hot to go outside. You can use paint or food colouring to dye the water—make a science experiment out of it by showing her how water turns to ice. Find it here: learnwithplayathome.com

11 easy toddler craftsPhoto: Learn With Play At Home

Button tree

This sweet 3D craft really helps develop fine motor skills, while creating colourful, imaginary trees. You’ll have to make the pipe-cleaner trees, but your tot can add all the leaves. Find it here: handsonaswegrow.com

11 easy toddler craftsPhoto: Hands On As We Grow

Yarn birds’ nest

Are you ready to get messy? Have your toddler mix the string with the glue before sticking it to the balloon. Your kid gets to learn about textures and you get a “nest” for holding things. Find it here: notimeforflashcards.com

11 easy toddler craftsPhoto: No Time For Flash Cards

Cloud dough

This dough is the easiest dough to make! Although it doesn’t look like more than flour, when it’s pressed it keeps its shape—a creative way for your toddler to learn about cause-and-effect. Find it here: kiwicrate.com

11 easy toddler craftsPhoto: Kiwi Crate

Homemade placemat

Mealtime is so much yummier when your “spot” is personalized. Have your tot make a placemat for everyone in the family. Find it here: sarahtitus.com

11 easy toddler craftsPhoto: Sarah Titus

Thumb print spiders

Finger-painting just got a whole lot more fun! As you draw on the spider legs, practice counting to eight with your little one. Find it here: tinkerlab.com

11 easy toddler craftsPhoto: TinkerLab

Painted Rock Magnets

Go on a scavenger hunt to find rocks in your backyard. And then let her creativity take over as she paints her new stone treasures. Painting is also great for her fine motor skills. Find it here: Painted Rock Magnets

11 easy toddler craftsPhoto: Emily Cumming

Tissue box guitar

Have a little rocker on your hands? Make music together with a homemade guitar. Find it here: wikihow.com

11 easy toddler craftsPhoto: wikiHow

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