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Here you will find various art and craft ideas for children in the age range of 12 months to 3 years old. Of course most art ideas given on the Kid's Page can be altered to fit your child's age and maturity. If you are on this page, chances are you are either a parent or teacher. I hope you can get as many uses out of them as I have over the years. Have lots of fun.

Salt Pictures

Paint a picture using watercolors. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle salt over it. The kids love to use the salt sprinkler. The paint will look textured. You can use this for cards, stationery,etc.

Sculpting Clay

Parents you will have to make the clay. However, this is an easy recipe that when you are done with is unharmful to the kids. In a saucepan over medium heat you need to mix 1 cup of cornstarch, 2 cups of baking soda, and 1 1/4 cups of water. Stir until it thickens. Let it cool. Knead the dough over waxed paper, you can sculpt it into different shapes. Let them air dry and you can paint them.

Marble Painting

There is a lot of adult supervision for this one. The kids will love to roll the marble around in the box though. Get a large marble, and place it into paint. Place a large sheet of manilla paper into a large box. Take out the marble and place it into the box. Roll it around the box. You will get a cool design. Let dry.

Bubble Paint

Be careful with this one that they don't drink the bubble mixture in. Most bubble mixture is non-toxic but it still won't make it a pleasant experience for them. Take several cups of bubble mixture and put different colors of food coloring in each one. Place the cups one at a time on a sheet of manilla paper with a straw in it. Have the child blow in the mixture until it bubbles over onto the page. The food coloring will "stain" the paper that color. You can use different colors for each picture to make a nice blend of colors. This has a really nice pastel affect.

Q-Tip Painting

I got this idea one day when I had promised my kids that I we would paint one afternoon. Much to my disappointment there were no paint brushes to be found. So I decided to get creative and got out some Q-Tips for them to paint with. After the original "What are we going to do with these" questions, they will have a great time with them. It is a little different.

Finally more craft ideas for the toddlers!

Cardboard Roll People

You will need cardboard rolls, like those from toilet paper or paper towels. You will also need pipe cleaners, pom poms and other misc. craft supplies.
Use the cardboard holder as the body. Then add the pipe cleaner as the arms and legs. You can use a large pom pom or waded paper as the head and then decorate. You can use felt for clothes if you like or simple construction paper. You can also use the construction paper as the head (cut into a circle).


Use empty containers such as oatmeal containers, empty 2 liter bottles, etc. Put dried beans into them and close tightly. If you are making these for really little children (this actually makes a great rattle for infants also) then you may want to consider gluing the lid back on. You can use contact paper to decorate your new shaker. Very simple and inexpensive.

Colored Plates

You will need 2 paper plates and colored cellophane. Cut a large hole in the middle of the 2 plates. Then put the colored cellophane in the middle of one and glue. Then glue the 2 plates together. The kids can now look through them to see the world in different colors.
Those are just a few new additions, but......

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A list of things to do with your toddler (not necessarily craft related)

  • Color
  • Blow Bubbles
  • Hide-n-seek
  • peek-a-boo
  • Chase
  • Sing
  • Dance
  • Look at bugs
  • Obstacle course out of the furniture
  • A fort out of pillows, cushions, blankets (a favorite in my house)
  • Take a walk
  • Read
  • Go to the park
  • Do a craft!
  • Roll a ball back and forth
  • A puppet show
  • Run through the sprinklers
  • Splash in water puddles after it rains(another favorite)
  • Karaokee (you don't need a machine, just a pretend mike)
  • Play dress up
  • Bake together
  • Record each other on a tape recorder
  • Play horsie
  • Piggie back rides through the house
  • Tug of war with a blanket
  • Collect flowers, bugs, etc
  • String large beads onto a shoe lace
  • Glue shapes onto paper
  • Make sock Puppets
  • Draw with chalk on the sidewalk or drive way
  • The Hokey Pokey
  • Play superheros
  • Have a picnic in your living room
  • Take a nap together

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Last Update: March 13,2000