12 Easy Craft Ideas For 2-3 Year Olds

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Looking for new ideas to keep your toddler busy during lockdown?

Look no further, we’ve put together a great list of hands-on craft activities that will not only be lots of fun but will also help to develop your little ones' learning at the same time. From helping to improve hand eye co-ordination, fine motor skills, learning to follow instructions and exploring colours there are lots of reasons why crafting is the perfect activity to engage and entertain your little ones during lockdown.

So, get your paintbrushes at the ready and let's get crafting!

1. Nature Collage

This is a great spring craft to do with your toddler.  Next time you're out on your daily walk or in the garden, collect some flowers, leaves and twigs which you can use to make your nature collage.  

You’ll need:

Flowers, grass, leaves, twigs

Paper or card

PVA glue

Paintbrush

Method:

  1. Using a brush, get your toddler to cover a piece of paper or card with a thin layer of PVA glue.
  2. Simply stick on all of the flowers and leaves you’ve collected to make your nature collage.

2. Sensory Foam

Whizz up some sensory foam for some great hands-on messy play. If you have a garden or some outdoor space then we would recommend taking this activity outside or use a wipeable tablecloth to help contain the mess. You can either just let them explore it with their hands or introduce a game like hide and seek with a few little toys to search for. This is super easy to make and a really fun activity, perfect for 2 to 3 year olds.

You’ll need:

1/4 Cup of Bubble Bath

1/2 Cup of Water

Electric whisk/ blender

Method:

  1. Pour the bubble bath and water into your blender or use a hand mixer and whizz it up until stiff peaks are formed.
  2. Your sensory foam is ready to play with! Pour into a large tray or bowl and let your little one delve in.

3. Easter Bunnies

A great Easter craft to do with your toddler, they’ll love the sticking on the cotton wool balls and creating their little bunnies!

You’ll need:

Paper plate

Card

PVA glue

Black felt tip pen

Googly eyes

Pom pom

Pipe cleaners

Paintbrush

Cotton wool balls

Method:

  1. Using the card, cut out some bunny ears.
  2. Stick the bunny ears to your paper plate.
  3. Draw on some eyes with a felt tip pen or if you have googly eyes stick these on with some glue.
  4. Stick on the Pom Pom for your bunnies nose.
  5. Use some pipe cleaners for the bunnies whiskers and glue these on.
  6. Draw on a mouth with a black felt tipped pen.
  7. Using a brush, get your toddler to cover the rest of the paper plate with a thin layer of PVA glue.
  8. Now for the fun bit - get your toddler to stick on the cotton wool balls until your bunny is complete.

4. Shaving Foam Paints

Messy play at its best, your toddler will love exploring different colours and painting with new textures.

You’ll need:

Shaving foam

Food colouring - the more colours the better!

Paintbrushes

Paper/card

Method:

  1. Using small bowls, squirt out a little shaving foam into each one.
  2. Add a drop of food colouring into each bowl, you can add more if you want a stronger colour.
  3. Mix them up with a paintbrush until it's all combined.
  4. Your paints are ready!
coloured paint in plastic cups

5. Stone Painting

Next time you're out on your daily walk collect some stones or pebbles for this activity, the bigger the better as these will be easier for your little ones to paint on. Great fun and relatively easy, this craft is also great for helping to improve your little one's fine motor skills. Once your stones have been painted and have dried out you can use them to play different counting games to help learn numbers.

You’ll need:

Pebbles/stones

Paint

Paintbrushes

Method:

  1. Wash and dry your stones.
  2. Squirt out your paints onto a plate or paint tray.
  3. Use your brushes to paint different patterns onto the stones.
  4. Let them air dry.

6. Butterfly Prints

This a fun craft idea to help your toddler learn about colours and printing. They’ll love seeing how the prints transfer to make new patterns to create their butterflies.

You’ll need:

Paper

Scissors

Paint

Method:

  1. Use your paper to cut out a butterfly shape.
  2. Fold the butterfly in half.
  3. Open back up and get your little one to paint one half of the butterfly.
  4. Re-fold the paper and then open to see your butterfly print.

7. Decorating Eggs

Get your kids excited about Easter by decorating their own eggs.  This is great Easter craft idea  that will provide your little one with lots of hands-on messy fun as they use the paint and glitter to make up lots of fun designs.

You’ll need:

Hard boiled egg

Egg cups

Acrylic paints

PVA glue

Glitter

Paintbrushes

Method:

  1. Hard boil your eggs by placing them in a pan of cold water, ensuring the eggs are submerged then bring the water to boiling point.
  2. Remove from the heat, cover and stand for 15 minutes.
  3. Run the eggs under cold water for a few minutes and the dry them. Your eggs are now ready to be decorated.
  4. Squirt out your paints onto a plate or paint tray.
  5. Empty a little glitter into a bowl.
  6. In a separate bowl add a dollop of PVA glue.
  7. Place your eggs into egg cups and begin painting.
  8. To use the glitter simply dip the egg into the glue then into the glitter.
little girl painting egg

8. Painting on Foil

A really fun and easy activity to do with your 2 year old. This activity will help to develop hand eye co-ordination as well as learning about mixing colours and painting onto different materials, they’ll love getting creative with this one.

You’ll need:

Tin foil

Cotton buds (or paint brushes)

Paint

Method:

  1. Cut out a large piece of foil and place it onto a flat surface.
  2. Squirt out your paints onto a plate or paint tray.
  3. Use the cotton buds to dip into the paint then onto the foil.

9. Kidadl Easter Egg Hunt

Join in the #kidadlhunt and decorate our ready made Easter Egg templates to make your very own Easter egg hunt at home. Pop your finished designs in your windows or on your front door for others to see and join in the fun. Don’t forget to share your designs with us by posting a picture to social media #kidadlhunt - there are prizes to be won!

You’ll need:

Download our Easter egg templates here

Colouring crayons/glitter/paint - the options are endless!

Method:

  1. Print off your Easter egg templates.
  2. Lay out all of the materials and let your little one get creative.
  3. Pop your finished masterpiece where people can see it.
  4. Share your designs on social media #kidadlhunt!

10. Salt Dough

All children love playing with play dough and it’s even more fun making your own. A great sensory activity to do with your 2 year old. Get some fun moulds and cutters and they’ll enjoy playing with this for hours.

You’ll need:

1 cup of flour

1/2 cup of salt

Water

Method:

  1. In a large bowl add the salt and flour and mix together.
  2. Add water a little at a time until it forms a dough.
  3. Lightly dust your work surface with a little flour and start kneading your dough.
  4. Roll out your dough using a rolling pin.
  5. Let it air dry.
  6. Now you're ready to play!
  7. When you're finished, store your salt dough in an airtight container.

11. Painting with Water

For this activity all you need is water and a paintbrush! If you have some outdoor space and some slabs you can paint on, get outside with a little bucket of water, some paintbrushes and let your little one get creative.  You can help them by writing out numbers, their name and different objects to make it into a fun learning game too. With no mess to tidy up, this is a great little activity to keep them occupied.

You’ll need:

Water

Paintbrushes

Method:

  1. Pour some water into a little bucket
  2. Get your paintbrushes and let the fun begin!

12. Leaf & Flower Printing

Children love exploring the outdoors and this craft activity is a great way to encourage your 2 to 3 year olds to talk about nature. Next time you're in the garden or out on a walk, help your little one to collect a variety of leaves and flowers. Printing leaves and flowers is a really easy and enjoyable craft to do with your little one, albeit a little messy, they’ll love exploring printing and creating their own little nature masterpiece.

You’ll need:

Leaves, flowers

Paints

Card/paper

Method:

  1. Collect your flowers and leaves
  2. Squirt out your paints onto a plate or paint tray
  3. Help your toddler to gently press the flowers/leaves into their chosen paint and then onto their picture


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