Your Toddler: 19-24 Months

Toddler Craft Ideas (That Won’t Stress You Out)

If the phrase “toddler crafts” makes you cringe (what, you don’t like epic messes?), these ideas are for you. These too-cute crafts, shared with us from blogger Courtney from The Fight Against Boredom, are easy enough for a toddler to do — with your help, of course — and there aren’t a million things to clean up afterward.
The Fight Against Boredom
1 of 5
Birds in a Nest

What You’ll Need:
-Paper plate
-Scissors
-Stapler
-Brown paint and paintbrush
-Glue
-Pom-poms
-Popsicle sticks
-Colored paper
-Googly eyes

Directions:
Cut the paper plate in half and staple the rims of the halves together. Have your toddler paint the “nest” brown. While it’s drying, you can create the birds: glue the pom-poms to the end of the popsicle sticks. Create beaks by cutting out triangles of colored paper, and glue them onto the pom-poms along with the googly eyes. Then put the birds in their nest with some glue.

http://www.thefightagainstboredom.blogspot.com/
2 of 5
Coffee-Filter Butterflies

What you’ll need:
-Standard coffee filters
-Watercolors, paintbrush and water
-Pipe cleaners
-Superglue and magnets (optional)

Directions:
Lay the coffee filters flat and paint them using the watercolors. Let them dry. Then pinch the middle of each one together and secure it by twisting a pipe cleaner around the center. The excess pipe cleaner becomes the antennae. You can also superglue some magnets to the back of the butterflies to put them on your fridge.

The Fight Against Boredom
3 of 5
Egg-Carton Caterpillar

What you’ll need:
-Egg carton
-Scissors
-Paint/crayons/markers
-Pipe cleaners
-Pencil
-Glue
-Googly eyes

Directions:
Remove the top or bottom of the egg carton, and then cut it down the middle, length-wise. Have your tot paint and color the outside of the egg carton. Wait until it’s dry, and then poke two holes for the antennae (pipe cleaners) at one end. Once you’ve secured the antennae, use a pencil to curl the ends on top. Help your toddler glue the googly eyes on and you have your caterpillar!

The Fight Against Boredom
4 of 5
Sticky Heart

What you’ll need:
-Cornstarch
-Water
-Saucepan
-Scraps of yarn
-Heart-shaped cookie cutter
-Wax paper
-Glue, string and magnets (optional)

Directions:
First, you have to make the glue — but don’t freak out; it’s easier than you think. Mix 1/4 cup of cornstarch and 1/2 cup of water in a saucepan and stir. Place the pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thick and translucent. Take it off the stove and set aside. Cut the scraps of yarn. Put your cookie cutter on a sheet of wax paper. Now, coat the yarn with the glue and then place a thin layer of yarn in the cookie cutter. Press the yarn flat and let it dry. Remove the cookie cutter and you’re done! You can hang it on a string or glue a magnet to the back to display your heart on the fridge.

The Fight Against Boredom
5 of 5
Butterfly Treats

What You’ll Need:
-Clothespins
-Paint
-Sandwich bags
-Snack (cereal, candies or even puppy chow)
-Pipe cleaners
-Stickers (optional)

Directions
Have your toddler paint the clothespins while you’re getting the snack together. Let the clothespins dry. Then, stuff each sandwich bag with about 1 cup of the snack. Twist the baggie in half, making sure to distribute the snack evenly on each side. Secure the center with a pipe cleaner that’s been cut in half. Place a clothespin over the pipe cleaner. You can decorate the bags with stickers when you’re done. This is a perfect craft and a great snack to hand out as a birthday party favor.

By Sarah Yang