Monday, September 1, 2014

25 open-ended crafts for toddlers!

CraftI saw this post on Buzzfeed recently, and after I took a nice trip down memory lane, I had to share it! I don't have any toddlers anymore, but this kind of craft was done often in my home when I did. Arts and crafts with toddlers requires a lot of open-ended experimentation, in my view, and most of these activities are perfect for exploration. Most don't require much special equipment, either--the best toddler crafts use everyday objects in a freeform way. Paint over stickers, decorate frames with a variety of materials.Some of them aren't even that messy!

Here are a few of my favorite, but be sure to visit Buzzfeed for the full list!

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 10.42.50 AM1. Homemade Scented Play Dough

Um, remember Play-Doh? It was always so fun until it hardened into a rock or you tried eating it and couldn’t feel your tongue for a few weeks. Well, now there’s a recipe that’s just as fun and probably a lot less toxic! Plus, this recipe is made with powdered drink mixes, which means it smells good. It’s like smelly markers and Play-Doh all mixed into one. Please don’t eat it, though.

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 10.43.13 AM2. Handprint Fall Tree Craft 

Trees are probably the most drawn object in the entire world. Why not amp up the game a bit with some paint and cotton swabs? Plus, who DOESN’T want to turn their hand into a tree? It beats that old hand-as-turkey project any day.



Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 11.02.52 AM3. Torn Paper Shape Collage

If you’re feeling “torn” about what kind of picture to do (sorry, that joke was begging to be made), you can go for some minimalistic shapes, or try to copy another image. It’s easier than it sounds, promise.
*It's also a great craft for fine motor development, ask any Occupational Therapist!

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 10.43.30 AM4. Wooden Block Prints

Are you ashamed of the blocks gathering dust in a box in the hall closet? Ever since iPads happened, blocks probably aren’t the first option. Here’s an opportunity to dust ‘em off and put ‘em to good use in a fun and colorful way.
*And then keep the blocks out--they're a great toy for child development!

View the whole list here:

~Heather H. may now be off to borrow a toddler to do some crafting.

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