If you have a toddler or a budding preschooler with time galore this summer, I have at least 10-20 hours of your summer covered right here in this post.
Summer is the perfect time to be outside, explore, and get messy — all of which are on toddlers’ daily agendas. I’ve scanned the interwebs and found some really cute projects that can be done mostly outdoors, or indoors if you dare.
These are less crafts than they are art projects, giving your little ones time to really use their senses and create. Whatever your little ones’ passions are, I’ve got it all covered here. These sculpture, painting, drawing, and printing projects are all toddler-friendly and are bound to be lots of fun (except for the cleaning up part, which of course, falls to you).
No one said having a toddler was easy! Check out 10 cool art projects below!
Aluminum Foil Drawing Or Painting 1 of 10Wrap aluminium foil in cardboard, then let your little ones loose with markers or paint. For a no-mess version, let them use a soft craft stick or their fingers.
Check out the Time For Play blog for details.
Peanut Butter Play Dough 2 of 10Here's an alternative to making regular play dough. Yes, they can eat this one, too, and I bet it tastes a lot better!
See Instructables for the recipe.
Nature Collage 3 of 10Nothing like collecting items from nature, and making them into a decorative design.
For details see the Progressive Early Childhood Education Blog
Vegetable Prints 4 of 10I think this is so cute, and it's made with okra and potato.
Details on My Life And Other Things
Painted Rocks 5 of 10Rock painting is a great way to merge nature and art.
Check out My Sweet PS for this and other lessons on nature for preschoolers.
Ripped Paper Art 6 of 10Want your toddler to get out his paper-ripping desires? Try this project! This one is your best bet on a rainy day indoors.
See instructions on Live Laugh Love Craft
Sand Art 7 of 10No one will get mad if you shake these and spill them everywhere! Plus bright colors!
See Chipman's Corner Preschool Blog for more information.
Suncatchers 8 of 10I love that this is made from coffee filters. Or, if you're out of those, you can use paper towels (which work for coffee, too!)
More on Nearly Wildlife
Cloud Dough 9 of 10I'm intrigued by cloud dough, yet another form of play dough that I have not tried.
Recipe on Flights of Whimsy
Ice Cube Paint 10 of 10Freezing craft sticks in the cubes makes it easy for little hands, and keeps them from getting too cold, yet it's refreshing on a summer day.
Lesson plan on One Inch World