These easy crafts will put big smiles on your little tots.
Help your toddler participate in the joyful noise of music.
Your indoor gardener may not get your "bad hair day" jokes, but the fun of this grassy-haired friend won't be lost on him. Like a Chia Pet, the project requires just a sprinkling of seeds, a bit of sun, and a few drops of patience.
Packaged rolls of tulle (available in the wedding aisle of many craft stores) make this dress-up darling a cinch to fashion.
For a lesson in impermanence, watch a Tibetan monk sweep away an intricate sand mandala that took days to create. Or, closer to home, have your toddler try this fleeting, no-mess project. Like a mandala, they're here one minute, gone the next.
You already know your toddler's got rhythm, so invite her to a living-room dance party.
Here's an idea from the "wish we'd done it sooner" files: hang a roll of paper from a closet door to give your child easy access to a continuous canvas that's perfectly proportioned for both her small stature and her enormous creativity.
You and your child can send clouds of tiny bubbles skyward with this quick trick.
Turn a pair of rubber gloves into a handful of bath-friendly finger puppets for your toddler.
Keep your little neigh-sayer horsing around for days with this soulful steed, easily assembled in about an hour from a dowel and a fuzzy slipper sock.
Help sow the seeds of imagination with a playset that includes everything your tot needs to open her own flower shop.
To help kids get the most out of communing with nature, Lizette Castano at the Children's Nature Institute suggests packing a canvas bag with a few of simple item, such as this colorful egg carton for collecting souvenirs.
Here's a good example of the whole exceeding the sum of its parts: Add food coloring to a simple mixture of flour, salt, and water, and you get puffy, glossy paints that sparkle with salt crystals when dry.
Create cool nursery decor with this easy-to-make pop art portrait of your child.
Help your little chick welcome spring with a custom-decorated onesie or shirt that's fun for older siblings to make.
Little kids say the darndest things, and with these sweet note cards you can share those "out of the mouths of babes" moments with family and friends.
Personalize your child's nursery with a whimsical portrait that brings a contemporary twist to the classic black-and-white silhouette.
This cute craft introduces toddlers to papier-mâché (and to delayed gratification, as the project takes several hours to dry).
Turn a repurposed towel into this handy bath cover-up for your baby.
These decoupaged milk jugs are great for transporting toys, dumping them on the ground, and scooping them up again when playtime is done -- and a waterproof version is perfect for skimming toys from the bathtub.
A simple stencil technique allows your toddler free expression while painting these one-of-a-kind gifts -- and results in near-perfect designs. She'll be proud as a peacock to see them grace a friend or relative's holiday table.
Your toddler will have great peekaboo fun with this custom-made lift-the-ﬂap craft, and will find a special surprise waiting behind each door: Grandma! Teddy! The family dog!
Little kids seem born to shake: rattles, juice in a sippy cup, their own groove thing. You can delight them with this simple homemade shaker crafted from -- because we know you've got no shortage -- a pair of laundry detergent caps.
Bust boredom at restaurants with this toddler-friendly art kit made from easy-to-clean vinyl.
Use bleeding tissue paper to create this easy introduction to printmaking for your toddler.
Help your tot commemorate autumn with this change-of-season collage, which uses fallen leaves to decorate a lovely handprint tree.
This magic monster spray takes care of all manner of ghouls, gobblins and boggiemen.
With a few simple items, you can transform an ordinary terry cloth into a cuddly toy bunny with this great home crafting idea that's perfect for Easter.
"For the youngest kids, art is really about the tactility of the materials, what they feel like," says Abbey Hendrickson a former educator at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts. We can't think of a more tactile experience.
This toddler-friendly introduction to sand painting transforms a favorite backyard building material into a magical art supply. We like using salt shakers for the sand because they're easy for little hands to hold.
Toddlers will find these simple little shakers mesmerizing.
A cross between paint and dough, this delightful concoction is fun to squeeze out into puffy, colorful designs. As it dries, the salt in the dough crystallizes, leaving behind a glittering abstraction.
Almost like a first scrapbook page, this collage project is a great way to create a simple but appealing keepsake from a collection of everyday things -- whether they're found during a walk in the woods or on a hunt around the house.
Make learning fun for your toddler with this interactive alphabet game.
Here's a fantasy variation on our Homemade Hobbyhorse, a magical unicorn that you can easily assemble in about an hour from a dowel and a fuzzy slipper sock.
Your tot can enjoy the sound of a gentle rainfall -- without the sogginess -- thanks to this easy-to-make sound-alike instrument.
In printing, mono means "one of a kind," which is a perfect description of this easy introduction to color mixing, texture, and spontaneity.
Rather than toss out single baby booties, turn a mismatched pair into a super-snuggly rattle.
Help your child create a winsome window decoration using nature objects.
Give used baby socks new life in this easy-to-make mobile.
The swirling glitter will calm and mesmerize fussy kiddos.
Waterproof Puppet Theater
Fantasy Flower Shop
A Trail Tote
Easy Wall Pop Art
Tissue Paper Bowls
Artful Place Mats
Personalized Peekaboo Board
The Art of Dining
No More Monsters! Monster Spray
Color in a Bag
Colored Sand Collage
Fishing for Knowledge
Mailing Tube Rain Sticks
My First Monoprints
No-Sew Baby Rattle
A Flock of Baby Socks
Calming Glitter Bottles