i need some ideas to keep my toddler entertained and having fun creating art


Posted anonymously, 27th June 2018


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  • Pick up leaves and sticks and make homemade glue things that are free



  • Clear contact on your window and give them scraps of material and paper to stick on it.



  • You can make some amazing things just using nature (sticks/twigs, flowers, leaves etc) as a base (that can be collected for free). My favorite at the moment is hole punching leaves – you can collect different shapes and colours. You then can use the hole punched leaves and all the little punched holes to make collages, paint etc



  • At the end of celebrations you can get a lot of amazing craft sets. I got a lot last Christmas for as little as 10c. Keep on the look out!



  • Like the previous Mum, I keep everything to re-use. And we just create amazing items together.



  • I keep a box of offcuts. Old magazines, jars, milk containers, toilet roll holders etc etc My kids gave so much fun with their useful box



  • I am so going to use some of the ideas that have been listed. My kids love to draw and set up with leaves and flowers to trace and create with



  • making paper flowers out of napkins or recycled wrapping paper. fun and easy.



  • My daughter kept her young son busy for ages by putting paint into zip lock bags and taping them to a window. Mess free finger painting! Brilliant



  • Maybe get a craft kit for them.



  • Get an old cardboard box and fill it with the cardboard rolls from toilet paper and paper towels, tissue boxes, clean/dry milk cartons; cheap crayons and pens from a $2 shop (they also have a great range of colouring book for under $5) and your child will be as happy as!



  • We have a creation station. Which is different boxes we can pull out that has different craft items and projects. One is colouring in where we brought a crayons set (pens, pencils, crayons, textas and stamps) and colouring books on sale. Then another box is for card making where we brought the items online for a few dollars (it has cards, embellishments, stamps and punches). The next is a playdoh box which we make coloured, glittered and scented playdoh and it has all the tools in it that were given to her at birthdays and Christmas. The last is our rock decorating box that has white rocks paints, pens and pencils which we decorate and then hide in the parks for other children to find.



  • I love Kmart has a lot of cheap options for those on a budget



  • I have made play dough at home for kids that they really loved using a recipe from this site under crafts .



  • Home made play dough, paint . slime and bubbles are always fun.


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