Craft time with toddlers can be so much fun. Assuming, of course, that you don’t allow yourself to get stressed out over art supplies being everywhere! But what can you do with a toddler that allows them to be creative, but also minimizes the cleanup you have to do later? With so many pinterest craft ideas out there, it can be hard to come up with a realistic craft. To help you out, I’ve come up with a few fun, fall crafts for toddlers that are easy to do and easy to cleanup.
Depending on your toddler’s crafty skill level, some of these may or may not require some minor assistance from you, mom. But that’s okay–think of it all as an opportunity to spend quality time with your toddler. And all while helping your little one release some of his/her creative juices.
Next time you have a raining day, consider staying dry inside and trying out some of these easy fall crafts for toddlers.
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Fall Crafts for Toddlers
This craft is very easy to make and cleanup.
Instructions: First, cut out leaf patterns on paper. Use these patterns to cut out leaves on felt–a great sensory material for little ones. Make sure the leaves are big enough for tiny hands, especially if your little one is prone to putting things in his mouth. Next, put a line of glue on a popsicle stick and place it in the middle of a felt leaf. Place a second line of glue on the opposite side and place a second leaf of the same shape on that side of the popsicle stick. Allow the glue to dry.
Tips: If your toddler is able to use child safe scissors, let him try to cut out the leaves for extra cutting practice. You can also have him put the glue on by placing a glob of glue on a paper place and let him smear it on with a queue tip. Popsicle sticks may be replaced by actual twigs found in the backyard, if desired.
This is a great craft for any time in the fall, especially around Halloween!
Supplies: Pumpkin pattern, orange and black felt, glue
Instructions: First, cut out the paper leaf patterns and place them on the orange felt. Then cut around the pattern to make pumpkin shaped felt pieces. Use the black pieces to make eyes, noses, and mouths for the pumpkins. Be creative! Think of jack-o-lantern type faces if you find yourself having a hard time coming up with face ideas. Next, glue the face pieces onto the pumpkins to create felt jack-o-lanterns. Alternatively, you can leave the face pieces unglued and allow your toddler to rearrange them as they see fit as many times as they like.
Tips: Again, involve your toddler as much as possible. Can he use child safe scissors? Have him help you cut pieces out! Let him help you glue pieces onto the pumpkins, or tell you where to put the pieces. When you’re all finished, have him help you hang them up on a door or window for everyone else to admire.
These felt turkeys are a great fall craft for toddlers to do around Thanksgiving.
Instructions: Use the paper patterns to cut out the different pieces of the turkey. Then, assemble to turkey by gluing the feathers to the back of the body, where the tail would be. Glue the craft eyes on. Allow to dry.
Tips: Get creative! Encourage your toddler to experiment with different color tail feathers (even if they aren’t realistic). Allow him to help cut out pieces and decorate the turkeys.
What about you?
What’s your favorite fall craft to do with your toddler? Do you know of any other easy fall crafts for toddlers? Let me know in the comments below!