Babies and toddlers are naturally creative in their desire to explore the world and the environment around them. Why not give them the learning and support opportunities with creative ideas? We have some to get you started. You can adapt the ideas to suit your space environment or you can enjoy some crafty ideas on our Youtube channel.
Elmer the Elephant
- Empty plastic milk jug
- Colourful tissue paper/coloured paper cut it in small squares
- Scissor and glue stick
- 2 goodly eyes. If you don’t have them draw and colour on a piece of paper, cut it out and stick it on.
- Extra plain paper to cut out the shape of the ears
Step 1: Cut out the milk jug to result in a shape of an elephant. The handle can be the trunk and make sure you cut the shape of the elephant’s legs (see picture). Ask a grownup for help when cutting the jug. Don’t forget the tail to!!
Step 2: Now start sticking the colourful tissue paper on the elephant shape, then add the eyes.
Step 3: Draw two ears shape and cut it out, then stick the colourful tissue paper on them.
Step 4: Stick the ears on the elephant’s head. Now your Elmer is ready and you can play with it or read a story and make it come alive.
Paper plate Bunny Ear Hat
- Paper plate
- Pink marker
Step 1: Fold the paper plate in half.
Step 2: Trace around the middle of the plate using the pencil then trace again from the middle of the semicircle in order to make an ear shape.
Step 3: Cut out the right part or the semicircle.
Step 4: Now it is time to cut out the ear. Please make sure you leave 2 to 3 cm at the bottom for the ears to flip.
Step 5: Your paper plate bunny ear is now ready and you can have a go at colouring or decorating as you like. Use your creativity and imagination to make it special.
Mother’s Day Hand Print Cards
- Paper plate
- Glue (optional)
- scissors (optional)
- Step 1: Fold your card in half and set aside. Pour some paint on to the paper plate and support your child to put their hand into the paint. (if you are not don’t have paint to hand, you can trace around your child’s hand and cut it out)
- Step 2: Then stamp their hand onto the paper or directly on the card to make a beautiful hand print flower (allow time for the paint to dry)
- Step 3: Cut a broader around your child’s print/s.
- Step 4: Use your fingers to paint or draw on the flower stem and some leaves.
- Step 5: Use the glue to stick the handprint flower on the front of your card.
- Step 6: Your beautiful personalised card is ready! You can also write a massage or add any additional decorations you want!
Tip: If your child really enjoyed putting their hands into the paint, you could add more hand prints inside the card or on additional sheets of paper too. (Remember to use newspaper or something suitable to cover the surface you are using)
Happy Mother’s Day!
Sequencing carrot activity
- Glue stick
- Felt tip pen
- Coloured paper (orange, brown, green, yellow)
Step 1: Cut two strips of paper about 5-6 cm height.
Step 2: Stick the cut strips on yellow paper one on top of paper another on the bottom by putting glue on half of stripe to leave a gap. Do not stick it completely as you will need the top open in a next step.
Step 3: Cut 10 triangles from the orange paper.
Step 4: Write numbers in each triangle from 1-10.
Step 5: Cut some strips from green paper.
Step 6: Stick green strips on the orange triangles.
Tip: Play with your child by slotting carrot in order from one to ten.
My Self Portrait
- Crayons or any markers
- Paper plates or paper
- Image of your child or a mirror
- Step 1: Talk to your child about their face .e.g. colour of eyes, hair, skin etc, using a picture or mirror for your child to observe looking at their face.
- Step 2: Ask your child to start drawing what they see. Allowing your child to explore and express their own ideas on paper.
- Step 3: Look, Listen and Respond to your child’s ideas and opinions with encouragement and praise for what they are drawing and thinking.
- Step 4: Allow time for your child to spend the time they want on their portrait.
- Step 5: Lastly look at the finished portrait together and ask your child to talk about their drawing and praise your little artist again!
Symmetric Butterfly Painting
- Paint brushes or Small Spoons
- Scissors (optional)
- Step 1: Fold your paper in half and talk to your child about the colours you are using.
- Step 2: . Open up the paper, then use your paint brush or spoons to add marks or dots of paint to one side of your paper if possible (make sure you use a fair amount of paint )
- Step 3: Encourage your child to fold over the paper and to press over the paper with their hands to squish the paint on both sides (Showing your child how if needed)
- Step 4: Time for your child to open up the folded paper and watch out for your child’s expressions/response to the reveal of the beautiful symmetric colours on both sides!
- Step 5: (Optional) If your child is able to use the scissors you can suggests cutting out their butterfly, by folding the paper again (when dry) draw wings on one side then cutting around it.
TIP: Try to have a few sheets of paper to hand because you’re child might want to repeat this activity again and again! The anticipation/excitement of not knowing what it will look like until they open it up, is just so much fun
Egg Carton Caterpillar
- egg carton
- Red and green paint
- Pipe cleaner
- Googly eyes
- Paintbrush/black marker
- Glue stick
- Scissors, pencil
- Step 1: Cut the egg carton in two and keep as many cups as you like for your caterpillar (requires grown up help/support)
- Step 2: Adjust the sides so that will be the legs of the caterpillar
- Step 3: Paint the head of the caterpillar red and the rest of the cups green or make it your own using your favourite colours. When finished let it dry.
- Step 4: Using a pencil make 2 holes on the top of the first cup (caterpillar’s head) to insert the antennae made from the pipe cleaner
- Step 5: Now stick the googly eyes and draw a mouth if you like
TIP: Adults you can extend the child’s learning by retelling the story, you can draw an apple saying: “on day one he ate through an apple” … and so on….
Cardboard roll Stamp Flowers
- cardboard roll (roll from the kitchen paper towels)
Adults, please support the children and supervise them all the time. Don’t forget to encourage and praise them for the work.
- Step 1: Cut some petals into the top third of the cardboard roll, you can cut different petal pattern if you like, then spread them out.
- Step 2: Soak the petals into some paint and stamp them into the paper. You can spin around the stamp to give the flower another look.
- Step 3: Using your fingers add some finger print on the middle of the flower.
Valentine’s Day Heart
- paper card or cardboard
- red tissue paper, use any colour you like/have or you can use newspaper/magazines
- pipe cleaner or a piece of string
- glue stick or pva glue
- Step 1: Draw a heart shape on the paper card or cardboard then cut it out
- Step 2: Break the tissue paper into pieces and scrunch it then using glue stick it on the heart
- Step 3: Using a pen and with adult help make a hole in the top middle of the heart
- Step 4: Thread the pipe cleaner or string through the hole to make the hanger
- Step 5: You can do more now and give it to your loved ones on Valentine’s Day or simply hang it somewhere to decorate your room/house
Hand Print Butterflies
- A4 coloured paper or plain
- crayons or felt pens
- pom poms
- wooden stick
- pipe cleaner,
- googly eyes,
- glue stick or pva glue
- Step 1: Fold the paper in half
- Step 2: Place the child’s hand on the folded edge of the paper. The folded edge has to be in the middle of the palm. Trace around the hand print.
- Step 3: Cut out the hand print.
- Step 4: Open the paper hand print and let the child colour a pattern or decorate the butterfly wings on both sides using crayons or felt tip pens.
- Step 5: Cut a piece of the pipe cleaner and fold it in to a V shape, we are now making the butterfly body starting with the antennae.
- Step 6:Roll each end of the V to make a little spiral and stick it on the top of the lolly stick
- Step 7: Add glue on the wooden stick and stick the 3 pompoms to be the butterfly body. Start with a bigger pom pom that is going to be the butterfly’s head.
- Step 8: Stick on the googly eyes THEN attach the body to the hand print.
- Step 9: Hold the end of the stick and make the wings flutter as it flies through the air.
Paper roll Ladybug craft resources and steps:
- empty kitchen roll
- black paint or crayons
- coloured black and red paper
- googly eye
- Step 1: Start by painting the paper roll in black or you can colour using a black crayon or a felted pen.
- Step 2: Cut two antennae from the black paper and stick them inside of the roll, letting them out.
- Step 3: Add a pair of googly eyes if you have them or you can draw a pair of eyes and cut them out to stick it on
- Step 4: Cut a circle out of the red paper (use a lid or a small round object)
- Step 5: Cut the circle in half, that will be the ladybug wings.
- Step 6 :Using a black felted pen/crayon or finger paint make the spots of the ladybug wings
- Step 7: Apply a little bit of glue on the front of the ladybug’s body, just under the eyes to stick the wings. Stick one then the other
- Step 8: Your craft is now ready. Enjoy it! Have fun playing with it!!
It’s My Rainbow Fish Art
- Coloured paper
- Crayons/markers or recycled magazines or old fabrics/materials (you can substitute the crayons/markers for paint)
(Please remember to praise your child and to have fun throughout the making process)
- Step 1: Draw an outline of a fish on your paper
- Step 2: Use your scissors to cut around your fish. (parents please support & supervise your child at all times during this activity)
- Step 3: give it some life by adding some colour to your fish – grab those crayons/markers and decorate.
Step 4: Allow time for the fish to dry if you have painted it!
Time to play with your fish!!
Tip: You can extend this activity by Singing the 12345 fish alive song or a fish related story. (You can also visit our YouTube channel and take a look at the fish craft activity and stories video)
What you need:
Washing up liquid, bubble wand, bottle of bubbles, some paper or coloured paper, -paints of various colours (optional), -paint pots or old household pots/pans
What to do:
Mix the washing up liquid with some paint and the bottle of bubble into a pot or pan. You can use the bubble wand to mix all materials together. Once you have done this, dip the wand in the pot of mixture and help your child to blow the bubbles onto the coloured paper.
What you need:
Mixed colour crayolas, mixed colour paper of any size
What to do:
Encourage your child to have a go at expressing their ideas and thoughts through drawing, using various colours and parts of the paper. Comment and praise your child and get them to tell you what they have drawn. This activity and all the crafty activities are excellent for developing children’s hand and eye coordination, fine motor skills, building strength in their hand muscles and language development. This activity could be done anywhere at home or outdoors in the park or in the garden.