While most toddlers do not yet have the same level of eye-hand coordination, color recognition or ability to use craft supplies that older children have, they can still participate in creative crafts. Give your small children a head start with some simple crafts fit for children aged 2 to 3. Use some simple craft activities to teach colors, shapes, focus for structured activities and imaginative thinking.
Let your toddlers design some homemade stationery to use at home or give away as a gift. Cut several sheets of copy paper to the same size. Give your toddlers rubber stamps and an ink pad that has ink close to the color of the paper, but not exactly the same. Let them get creative and stamp as much or as little as they like. The similar ink color will ensure that the stamps do not interfere with the writing area on the stationery. Instead, the stamps will show lightly in contrast with the paper and can be written over.
Purchase a 6 inch by 6 inch unfinished ceramic tile and let your 2 to 3-year-old kids decorate it with craft paints. Teach them to use brushes or let them go wild with finger painting. Once the paint has dried, cover the artwork in a layer of acrylic spray to protect the painted designs from hot pots and pans. Your child's artwork is now a decorative and functional part of your kitchen.
Take a walk with your toddlers and give each of them a bag to collect art materials. Have them collect leaves; as long as you know they aren't poisonous, small twigs, pebbles, handfuls of dirt, sand, acorns and other random bits of nature. Take all the bags home and give each child a large sheet of construction paper. Help them brush glue onto the paper and stick their nature finds in place to create a collage.
Mosaic Window Hanging
Make a pretend stained glass window with your kids, using translucent tracing paper and tissue paper. Let the toddlers rip tissue paper of several colors into squares. Give them paintbrushes and white glue to arrange the colored squares however they want to over a sheet of translucent tracing paper or wax paper. Hang the finished pieces in a window to display colored bits of light.
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