Great Arts & Crafts Projects for the Littlest Hands!
I am a huge fan of the Arts and Crafts as my friends and family will surely confirm. Everyone knows that their child will undoubtedly leave Aunt Missy’s house with some sort of Craft or project. I also believe in children exploring their creative side as early as possible. This can be done in so many ways from Sensory play, to water play, to good old fashioned arts and crafts. Stay tuned to So Good At Life for new ideas and projects! Here are a few of our favorite arts and crafts projects to get those little hands started early:
1. Dot Art! (Pictured) This has been a favorite of mine for years because kids of almost all ages will enjoy this one. Older brothers and sisters can also get involved to create their own dot project. Until your kiddos have mastered crayons and regular markers, the littlest artist can easily grasp these dot markers to make their very own creations. This is much neater than getting out the paints and it is great for developing motor skills as well as creativity. Your kids will just love to Dot! With the holidays quickly approaching, I love doing dot art on picture frames for a perfect gift for Grandma, Grandpa, God Parents, and Aunts and Uncles. Check out the links below if you need to order supplies.
2. Scrap Paper placemat or Picture. I think almost every toddler likes to tear up paper at some point. With this project, they can tear at colored paper or tissue until their little hearts are content! Have your little one tear up a variety of colored paper or tissue. Using a piece of contact paper cut into your shape of choice, have your little guy or gal place their pieces of paper on the contact paper. No need for messy glue! Place another piece of contact paper over it for a placemat or put it in a frame for an amazing work of art!
3. Make Your Own Sticker Book! Believe it or not, stickers are a really great developmental activity for little ones and… who doesn’t like stickers! Bind together a few pieces of construction paper or cut poster board with a paper punch and some ribbon and let your little one stick away! Have older children create a scene on the page first and then add the stickers.
4. Alex Toys Little Hands Button Art (pictured below). This is a great, easy first art experience for little hands. Kids will like it because it’s easy and there are all kinds of choices! They choose the picture and then push in the “buttons” to make their own work of art. Parents will love it because it is very neat and can be used over and over. It is however to be noted that the “buttons” are considered to be small parts and is not manufacturer recommended for children under 3.
5. Use dried out markers to Make Your Own Colored Water. My mom will get a kick out of this post because I used to make colored water by the hour when I was a kid. I had a bit of a factory set up in my room at age 4! This is a super easy activity for you and your little one(s) and is a great way to use up old/dried out markers in the meantime. Your colored water can be used to make music or just to admire. It can even be bottled up as jewelry for gifts (see pendant bottles below.) If you want to make music with the colored water, fill all different sized containers with water. Swirl dried out markers around in the water to color it. If you don’t have any old markers, you can of course use drops of food color. Your little guys and gals can swirl the marker around to watch the color appear or help them squeeze the bottle of food color to drip (you don’t want to leave them alone with the bottle as that can get messy and wasteful fast!) Mix them together to learn what colors can be made by blending one with the other. Then use a wooden spoon or paintbrush (Something that will be safe to use against the containers you are using) to tap the containers and explore the different sounds. Leave a few containers or a bowl empty to add and subtract water to the containers to see how the sound changes. If you are making pendants or gifts, mix the colors in a glass measuring cup or bowl and then use a small funnel to pour the water in.
6. Finger Paints! I need not say more, just don’t forget the aprons and be sure your are getting kid-friendly washable paints then let your little Picasso have at it! Frame their works of art or finger paint frames, ornaments, or figurines for great gifts.
Stay tuned to So Good At Life every week for more fun children’s crafts and activity ideas!