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Activities for Toddlers {Arts & Crafts}

by Andrea Updyke

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I am trying to be more proactive with art projects now that Oscar is almost two and a half. We have found a lot of outdoor activities for toddlers that he loves. But I need to get creative with indoor activities now that we are facing 100 degree weather. I love arts and crafts. But the problem is, he really just isn’t into anything. Oscar’s attention span for coloring is dismal, he has little interest in painting and while play-doh remains the front runner, play time quickly deteriorates into a game of lets see how far and wide we can spread this mess across the kitchen.

This week though, I think I made a breakthrough! Oscar is very much into learning where things go. He always points out the clouds in the sky or that the squirrel is in the tree. After a light-bulb moment and a personal desire to get out the crayons, I decided to make art time a bit more interactive and little less “artsy”.

I cut out some primitive shapes and colored them for definition. Then, letting Oscar control the glue stick, we identified each shape and where it should go! Sun goes in the sky, fish go in the water and flower goes in the grass.

He loved it! With each shape I would go through all the different possibilities and he would say NOOOOOO, if it was the wrong place. Of course sometimes he said yes anyway, but the point is we had a lot of fun and it took up at least 15 minutes!

Want another easy craft? Check out these paper pumpkin crafts for fall!

What are your favorite indoor activities for toddlers? Does your toddler resist arts and crafts?

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Carissa May 26, 2011 - 11:49 am

I can’t say my little ones resisted crafts.. the messier the better (of course!)

Here’s one maybe you’ll like not real arts and crafts but fun and they learn to work with scissors:
Get a big outdoor water pool (the cheap kind) and bring it indoors. Give the kid child safe scissors and a bunch of scratch paper. Don’t make it a craft so much as time to just cut and cut and cut. Kids love that!
Once they are tired of the thrill of being let loose with paper and scissors, hide fun objects in the pool and call it a treasure hunt!

Andrea May 26, 2011 - 12:53 pm

I really love this idea! We are still working on using scissors. I tried to let him go crazy ripping paper and he wants nothing to do with it! Of course, give him a book that is worth keeping and he will tear it to shreds ๐Ÿ˜‰

Lisa May 26, 2011 - 12:06 pm

I’m seeking new ways to entertain now that we’re entering the 100 degree weather with a ten year old. This is fantastic though. Wish I had thought of something like this when Peanut was the same age!

Andrea May 26, 2011 - 12:55 pm

Anyone have 10 year olds that can help Lisa out? I remember being really into paper dolls and legos at that age. Does he like building things?

Carissa May 26, 2011 - 4:48 pm

I’m literally writing a post right this second with great boredom buster ideas (and since I’m in the land of 7-10 yearolds) they are geared more to older kids..

I’ll share when it goes live on the Famigo.us blog. ๐Ÿ™‚
Hint.. make them come up with the ideas themselves!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Lisa May 26, 2011 - 11:08 pm

We are already planning on the legos and he’s reading once a week to Thompson Child and Family Focus. ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to hear your ideas!

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