Crafts

Although crafts tend to be more structured, remember to let your child's originality rule whenever possible. Start with the basic format but do not be afraid to let children make their own alterations and variations to the pattern. So what if they paint the sky yellow, or the puppet has three eyes?

Sun Catchers

Here is a simple craft piece that your child will enjoy making and that you will enjoy displaying.

  • Punch a hole in the lid and attach string for the hanger.

  • Your toddler can help tear tissue paper into scraps. The cellophane will need to be cut.

  • Have your toddler glue the scraps onto one side of the lid.

  • When the lid is dry, hang in a sunny window.

Activity for an individual child

Age group: 18–40 months

Duration of activity: 10 minutes

Clear plastic lid, as from a deli container from the grocery store

Hole punch

String

White craft glue

Colored tissue paper or cellophane

Shrinky Dinks

You may remember the commercial version of this craft from when you were a child. Now you can make them at home in a flash!

  • Cut the Styrofoam into desired shapes. Punch a hole at the top if you wish to hang the finished product.

  • Help your toddler decorate the shapes with the markers.

  • Microwave the creations for just a few seconds, and you will see them shrink!

Activity for an individual child

Age group: 18–40 months

Duration of activity: 10 minutes

Thin sheets of Styrofoam (such as the butcher trays that come with hamburger or other meats)

Scissors

Hole punch

Markers

String

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