DIY Fun: Creative Craft Ideas for Toddlers

Crafting with toddlers is not only a fun and engaging way to spend time together, but it also promotes fine motor skills, creativity, and cognitive development. DIY crafts provide toddlers with opportunities to explore different materials, colors, and textures while expressing themselves artistically.

In this blog post, we’ll share some creative and simple craft ideas that are perfect for toddlers. These activities are easy to set up, use everyday materials, and guarantee lots of fun!

DIY Fun: Creative Craft Ideas for Toddlers


1. Paper Plate Animals

Materials Needed: Paper plates, construction paper, glue, child-safe scissors, markers, googly eyes, and craft sticks.


  • Help your toddler choose an animal to create.
  • Cut out ears, noses, and other features from construction paper.
  • Let your child glue the features onto the paper plate to create their animal’s face.
  • Add googly eyes and draw additional details with markers.
  • Attach a craft stick to the bottom of the plate to make a puppet.

2. Finger Paint Masterpieces

Materials Needed: Non-toxic finger paints, large sheets of paper, and a plastic tablecloth or newspaper to protect surfaces.


  • Spread out the plastic tablecloth or newspaper.
  • Tape a large sheet of paper onto the protected surface.
  • Let your toddler dip their fingers into the paints and create their masterpiece.
  • Encourage them to experiment with mixing colors and making different shapes and patterns.

3. Homemade Playdough Creations

Materials Needed: Flour, salt, water, food coloring, and vegetable oil.


  • Mix 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of water, and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a bowl.
  • Add a few drops of food coloring to create different colors of playdough.
  • Knead the mixture until it reaches the desired consistency.
  • Give your toddler cookie cutters, rolling pins, and other tools to shape and mold their playdough.

4. Collage Art

Materials Needed: Old magazines, construction paper, glue sticks, child-safe scissors, and markers.


  • Help your toddler cut out pictures, shapes, and patterns from old magazines.
  • Provide a piece of construction paper as the base for their collage.
  • Let your child glue the cutouts onto the construction paper to create their collage.
  • They can also add drawings or color in the background with markers.

5. Nature Walk Collages

Materials Needed: A small basket or bag, construction paper, glue, and markers.


  • Take your toddler on a nature walk to collect leaves, flowers, twigs, and other natural items.
  • Once home, let your child arrange their findings on a piece of construction paper.
  • Help them glue the items in place to create a nature collage.
  • Encourage them to draw or color around their collage to enhance their artwork.

6. Egg Carton Caterpillars

Materials Needed: Empty egg cartons, paint, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, and glue.


  • Cut an egg carton into individual sections (each section will be a caterpillar segment).
  • Let your toddler paint the egg carton sections.
  • Once dry, glue the sections together in a line to form a caterpillar.
  • Add googly eyes and pipe cleaners for antennae.

7. Popsicle Stick Puppets

Materials Needed: Popsicle sticks, construction paper, glue, markers, and googly eyes.


  • Help your toddler cut out shapes for heads, bodies, arms, and legs from construction paper.
  • Glue the shapes onto the popsicle sticks to create different characters.
  • Add googly eyes and use markers to draw faces and clothing details.
  • Encourage your child to use their puppets for imaginative play and storytelling.

8. Sponge Painting

Materials Needed: Sponges, non-toxic paint, paper plates, and large sheets of paper.


  • Cut sponges into different shapes (circles, squares, triangles, etc.).
  • Pour small amounts of paint onto paper plates.
  • Let your toddler dip the sponges into the paint and press them onto the paper to create colorful prints.
  • Encourage them to experiment with overlapping shapes and colors.

9. Button Art

Materials Needed: A variety of buttons, construction paper, glue, and markers.


  • Provide your toddler with a variety of buttons in different sizes, shapes, and colors.
  • Let them arrange the buttons on a piece of construction paper to create a picture or design.
  • Help them glue the buttons in place.
  • They can use markers to add additional details around their button art.

10. Handprint Art

Materials Needed: Non-toxic paint, large sheets of paper, and markers.


  • Paint your toddler’s hand with their chosen color and press it onto the paper to create a handprint.
  • Repeat with different colors to make a handprint collage.
  • Once the paint dries, use markers to add details and turn the handprints into animals, trees, flowers, or other fun designs.

Crafting with toddlers is a wonderful way to encourage creativity, develop fine motor skills, and bond with your child. These DIY craft ideas are simple, engaging, and use materials you likely already have at home. Enjoy the process and watch as your child’s imagination and skills flourish through these fun and educational activities. Happy crafting!