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The Best Arts and Crafts Ideas for Toddlers

Published on 20th August 2020 by Tessa Robinson

Looking for Arts and Crafts Ideas for Toddlers? We have spoken to a few fantastic Arts and Crafts kids activity providers to tell us a bit more about what they do. They are also sharing with us Arts and Crafts Ideas for Toddlers. Club Hub UK has the largest selection of  Arts and Crafts Classes for newborns to 18 years. 

The Best Arts & Crafts Ideas for Toddlers from Learning Resources®

The Best Arts & Crafts Ideas for Toddlers from Learning Resources®Experts agree that arts and crafts activities aren’t just a fun way for children to express their creativity. Doing arts and crafts with your toddler helps develop critical skills for school and life. Here’s why arts and crafts are important to your child’s development. Plus, find fun, easy ideas for creative activities from educational toys company, Learning Resources®.

They help build fine motor skills. Cutting, painting, drawing, sticking, colouring, and sculpting when working on a craft project help children build the all-important fine motor skills they need for school and life.

Creative activities build planning and problem-solving skills. Through arts and crafts, children explore their imagination, plan out potential ideas, and learn to solve problems when their creations don’t work out as intended.

They’re ideal for social-emotional learning. Arts and crafts help children develop important social skills including self-control, patience, and managing feelings of frustration.

They boost creativity: Because making crafty works of art is a low-risk learning activity, they give children the freedom to explore ideas in an open-ended, flexible, and rewarding way.

With a creative play toy like award-winning Playfoam®, the possibilities are endless! Children use this squishy, squashy toy to sculpt and shape whatever they can dream up. Child-friendly Playfoam never dries out, so the creative fun never ends.

What’s more, Playfoam has a unique bead-like texture that is ideal for tactile, sensory play. Children can sculpt and shape lightweight Playfoam into a work of art, and then squish it all down and make something new. There are so many ways to be inspired with Playfoam. Check out these fun Playfoam craft ideas from Learning Resources.

The Arts Place: Egg Box Fish Tank!

You will need:

  • 1 Egg box
  • Paint & paintbrush
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Coloured paper
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Sparkly shapes (optional)
  • Plastic-free Glitter (optional)

Arts and Crafts Toddlers ActivitiesStep 1. Paint the inside of your egg box with blue paint.

Step 2. Then paint the outside of the box in a vibrant colour and leave to dry.

Step 3. Pierce some holes in the bottom of the box using a pencil, thread through pipe cleaners and bend into shape for plants.

Step 4. Glue in some shiny shapes or sprinkle in some plastic-free glitter for added shimmer and shine!

Step 5. Cut out fish shapes from coloured paper and pop them in their new home with a little glue. Et voila!

Step 6. Extend the creativity by having your little one give names to their new friends and making up a story about them together or ‘swim’ around the room like fish together – watch out for sharks!

The Arts Place is a world of creativity for children!

Our regular drama clubs and classes build children’s confidence and imagination. Run by professional actors and primary school teachers, we place the wellbeing and happiness of the children in our care at the heart of everything we do.

We are delighted to have received the ‘Most Nurturing Children’s Drama Class Provider’ Award for the LUXlife Parent & Baby Awards 2020.

Our drama & craft camps, which run in the holidays give children the opportunity to put on a show for family and friends in just four days! Children make their own props and backdrops as well as crafty creations to take home each day.

Our October Half-Term ‘Animal Fair’ camp is taking place in Ealing from Monday 26th to Thursday 29th October from 9:30 am to 3 pm each day for children aged 5-8 years. For booking info head to or contact us at [email protected].

COMPETITION! Follow us on Instagram or Facebook and tag us with a photo of your fish tank for your chance to win a complimentary camp spot!

Instagram: @theartsplacelondon

Facebook: @theartsplacelondon

Arts and Crafts Ideas for Toddlers – Threading

Arts and Crafts Toddlers ActivitiesA really great craft activity for getting little one’s hands moving and improving hand/eye co-ordination is ‘threading’. You can do this with beads and make a bracelet or just grab a handful of ‘Cheerios’ and encourage your little one to thread them onto a pipe cleaner! If they’re able to do this alone that’s great. But if they struggle a little then try holding the ‘hoop/bead’ for them and let them practice poking the pipe cleaner into the hole! This could then be hung on a tree in the garden as a bird feeder, worn as a bracelet? Or given as a treat – to reward their improving fine motor skills! And remember if they’re insistent on taking the hoops off again – it’s using the same fine motor skills that you’re trying to encourage – just in reverse!

About Little Splodgers

Little Splodgers is an Arts & Crafts class for children from 12 months upwards. The friendliest and most colorful class in town!

Our classes feature innovative art & crafts ideas, where your little one will discover different materials, textures, and techniques every week, as they explore a range of activities designed to engage little minds and fire up imaginations.

Weekly classes are currently held in Greenwich and Blackheath.

Arts and Crafts Ideas for Toddlers – Simple Salt Dough

Arts and Crafts Ideas for ToddlersThis is the easiest recipe in the world. There are more complex ones but this works just as well.

You will need:

  • Equal amounts of plain flour and salt. i.e. 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of flour.
  • A little water.
  • Washable paint

Mix the dry ingredients and compare how they feel. Add water a little at a time. (Add more flour if too squelchy.) Let your child mix it with their hands-it can get very sticky but it does all wash off. Add some washable paint- just a few drops to change the colour. Mix in. Form into a ball. Make and play! Pop the items onto an oven tray in the bottom of the oven at around 50C for about 4 hours.

After they have been removed and have cooled down, you can glaze them to make them shine, by painting with PVA glue.

Children will need to be supervised whilst this arts and crafts activity is carried out.

About Creation Station

The Creation Station are a multi-award winning creative company passionate about inspiring imaginations across the nation.

Founded by Sarah Cressall in 2002, The Creation Station see over 16,000 families a week in classes, parties, events and more, bringing creativity in to all areas of learning, leisure and life.

We hope you have enjoyed reading about these amazing Arts and Crafts Ideas for Toddlers. Looking for more Toddler Activities? Check out the Club Hub Website Now!

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