• Kid Crafts,  Toddler Town

    Coloured Shaving Cream Sensory

    Shaving cream is a smooth, bubbly play medium (with supervision, of course). Add an extra element of fun by adding some colour! Squeeze out a small pile of shaving cream on an easy-to-clean table top. Add a dollop of washable paint to the top of the shaving cream. You can use one colour or multiple colours for more mixing fun. After your child finishes making a mess on the table top, you can wipe it away with a damp cloth. If you want to keep a memento of the activity, you can place a piece of paper down on top of the mess and pull it straight up, creating a…

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    Tissue Puff Gluing Activity

    Running out of ideas of what your child can glue onto a piece of paper? This activity uses colourful puffs of tissue paper that can be prepped by the adult for small children, or older toddlers can help out with the puff-making. What You’ll Need one sheet of each colour tissue paper you’d like construction paper glue pots and sticks Take a sheet of tissue paper and rip it into squares, approximately 3×3″. This isn’t rocket science, so don’t be precise. Rip rip rip until you use the whole sheet. Crumple up the tissue into a ball and squeeze tight. Repeat for each sheet until you have enough for your…

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    String Gluing Activity

    Using different types of yarn, string, and ribbons for gluing materials can expose your child to new textures and new sensory experiences. All you need is a few different types of string, a piece of construction paper, and white glue. Cut a small collection of a few types of yarn or string into short pieces, approximately four inches long. To keep the ends from fraying, tie knots at both ends of each string. I chose to coordinate the orange balls of yarn with the orange construction paper background. There’s not much to this activity: hand the child the glue and the strings and let their creativity guide them. Keep your…

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    Sheep Cotton Ball Art

    Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool? Yes sir, yes sir, once you and your toddler make this quick little project together! Herd up your little ones and try this toddler-appropriate gluing activity. Supplies You Need: paper printer glue pots and sticks cotton balls (white cosmetic ones work for white sheep, or you can use craft-grade cotton balls in black, or even multicoloured ones for more glamourous, eccentric sheep) Download and print out the sheep template I made. It fits on an 8.5×11″ piece of paper. Give your toddler their glue and sticks and let them have at it! Glue, glue, everywhere. Give them the cotton balls so they…

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    Clothes Peg Art Display

    I love to display the artwork of children on the wall, but what do you do when you run out of wall space? Combining yarn, tape, and wooden clothes pegs, you can create an impromptu area to display easy-to-change artwork. This project is so easy you don’t even need a tutorial. I love to drape a piece of yarn across a window and attach it to the wall with tape. (If you already have nails up from Christmas decorations, use ’em!) Don’t make the yarn too loose else the artwork will droop. Attach some clothes pegs, and pin away! My favourite part of this type of display is that it…

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    Easy Bumblebee Gluing Activity for Toddler Children

    This week on Toddler Town, it’s all about buzzing bees! My toddlers are addicted to singing the song, “I’m bringing home a baby bumblebee,” so I created this project cute little paper and glue project to go with the song. Since there are only a few pieces, this project is not frustrating for young toddlers who are still learning how to hold their glue pots and sticks. Download the bee template by clicking on the thumbnail image, and let’s get started! What You Need: Bee Template Printer Printer paper (preferably yellow but white is fine) Black construction paper Scissors Glue To adapt this project for older children, cut out more…

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    Multicoloured Handprints

    Last week I wrote about footprint art, and today it’s all about handprints! Toddlers love the sensation of paint on their fingers, and by painting each hand a different colour, they can make distinct prints or mix them together with their hands. Using blue and red paint on white paper gives this an Americana feeling, doesn’t it? This would be a nice Fourth of July project for American readers peeking into our Canadian site. What you need: washable paint in two colours paper paint brush Using the paint, brush each hand a different colour. If they are unsure about art, guide their hands and press them against the paper. Otherwise,…

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    Car Painting

    Toddlers love things that go and they also love to make messes. That’s why rolling toy cars through paint on a piece of paper is such a great art activity for young children. What you’ll need: construction paper washable paint paint brush or tray a few different toy cars that you don’t mind getting messy Using a paintbrush, dab a few dots of paint randomly on the paper, or pour some paint on the tray and roll a toy car through the paint to coat the wheels. Allow the child to “drive” their car through the paint, creating trails all over their paper. Reapply paint as necessary. Trade up the…

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    Fading Footprints

    Most kids love to have their ticklish feet painted, and this project is perfect for letting them run free with their artwork. You can do this project with one child or many. You will need: washable paint in various colours paint brushes masking tape the largest piece of paper you can manage to find an easy-to-clean floor for the inevitable stray paint feet to paint! optional: a second adult really helps Tape the piece of paper on the floor so that it’s not a slippery accident waiting to happen. Paint a pair of tootsies. Place the child on one end of the paper and guide them to walk to the…

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    Toddler Achievement Award Display

    This is a quick and easy achievement award display that you can use in your toddler or preschool classroom, or you can adapt it for your own child. Supplies: one piece of black construction paper for each child one sheet of coloured construction  paper for each child’s name one sheet of construction paper in each colour you’d like to use for your circle badges white washable paint alphabet stencil scissors pen 2″ circle paper punch or a cup to trace masking tape or wall-safe adhesive On each piece of paper, have a child press their painted hands onto the black paper. Clean them up, and let their masterpiece dry. Using…