I do not consider myself very crafty. I am definitely not artistic and have never taken an art class. But our first daughter is very artistic, possessing a natural bend toward creating and expressing herself through art. We noticed it really early.
That meant I had to come up with ways for her to be able to express herself. Since I am not naturally talented in that area, the crafts I came up with for her to do are very simple. But it is their simplicity that make them something any parent can replicate with her kids.
Our G is about to turn 3! (I can’t believe it!) So, I have been reminiscing and I started thinking about all those crafts we have been doing (and planning some more!) and thought it would be good to share 12 of the very best (these are the ones that still get lots of eyes on them every day).
Tacky Tie for Father’s Day – this activity is SO much fun to do and could not be simpler. It is perfect even for the youngest crafters.
Paper Rainbows – Two Ways – this craft translates very well to a play date or preschool craft because it is easily multiplied while preparing it for kids. It is also a great way to teach or review colors.
Creation Crafts for Toddlers – Day One and Day Two – These crafts could not be more simple to complete, but teach the very basic concepts of creation.
Green Turtle – A craft from our colorful animal series of crafts – so simple to prepare, so fun to watch little ones do.
Yellow Giraffe – Another craft from our colorful animal series – ours has the best wonky eyes!
Ladybug – What a cute spring craft!
Contact Paper Valentines – very similar in concept to the tacky tie for Father’s Day, this craft is perfect for baby’s first valentine.
Birthday Band – a spur of the moment idea on our daughter’s second birthday led to this craft. I think we will make another one this year!
Tiger - Did you know that every tiger has unique stripes. That’s why this craft can’t be messed up!
Wiffle Ball Painting – this can be messy, but rewarding. I just love the artwork that resulted from our exploration of paint and wiffle balls.
Upcycled Sailboat Craft – We had hours of fun with this simple craft using items we had around the house.
Crafting with our little one has been so much fun these past few years. I treasure each moment we spent together on the projects and love the light in her eyes when I ask her if she would like to do another one.
Happy crafting, parents!