Do you have small children between the ages of two and three? Do you want them to improve their motor skills while being entertained? In this article, we’ll examine some simple crafts activities for your little ones.
Simple crafts activities for children
Making a home garden
Making a home garden can be a fun adventure for your children. Encourage them to put their hands to work.
This activity will teach them how to dig, and how to observe and care for plants. In addition, you’ll be fostering a respect for nature.
Making animals from toilet paper rolls
This simple craft just requires a bit of imagination and creativity. To make the animals, you’ll need a toilet paper roll, and red and black markers.
After that, all you need is to show off your artistic gifts and draw a ladybug of the roll!
Simple crafts using eggs
In addition to its nutritional value, an egg can provide the perfect vehicle for your little one to practice crafts. There are many possibilities, but perhaps the simplest is turning the egg into a duck.
For this, you just need an egg, a needle, a bowl, orange felt, yellow acrylic paint, a brush, glue, scissors, and a black marker.
- The first step is to drain the egg with the help of a needle and a bowl.
- Once it’s nice and clean, paint the shell yellow, taking care to ensure it doesn’t break.
- Then, draw the outline of the duck’s beak on the orange felt and cut it out.
- Draw two small stripes for the duck’s nares (nostrils), then glue on the beak and draw the eyes on the shell with a black marker.
- Draw the outlines of the duck’s feet, cut them out, and glue them to the bottom of the egg.
A glittery crown
Another very simple craft is to make a glittery crown worthy of a noble princess or a gallant prince.
- Start by taking four straws and joining them together in the shape of a heart. This will serve as the crown’s base.
- You can give it the shape you like best and customize it to fit your taste.
A homemade frame
This activity is very useful if you want your child to learn how to cut and paste. Not only will it help develop his or her motor skills and creative talents, it’s also a lot of fun.
To make the frame, you’ll need colored paper, drawing paper, scissors, markers, a glue stick, and a photograph.
- This is a very simple activity. All you need to do is draw the shape of a fish on the drawing paper and cut it out. Remember to also cut out the eye.
- Cut out the fish’s scales from the different colors of paper, and using the glue stick, affix them to the fish.
- After sticking on the paper scales, fill in the details with your markers.
- Finally, place the photograph in the empty space of the fish’s eye.
Ice cream stick puppets
There’s no question that children love to play with puppets. With this fun and educational craft activity, you can make animal puppets using ice cream sticks. All you need are the sticks, felt, and some imagination.
In order to enjoy this activity, follow these easy steps:
- Paint the ice cream sticks and let them dry.
- Draw three equal circles on the felt; these will serve as the animals’ heads.
- All that’s left to do is cut out the details.
- To make a monkey, you’ll have to cut out the face using pink felt. The same goes for the ears.
- For a lion, you’ll need to draw half a circle on brown felt, the ears on yellow, and the snout on white. For the nose, use a brown triangle.
- To make an elephant, draw the trunk on grey felt, the tip of the trunk and the ears on pink felt, and the mouth on red. All that’s left to do is fill in some details with a black marker.
A paper “cootie catcher”
A paper “cootie catcher” is a very simple origami activity. All you need for this craft is a piece of paper, scissors, and some colored pencils.
- In order to make the Pac-an, you’ll need to take a sheet of paper and fold it, forming a triangle with the upper half.
- When you open it, you’ll notice that a diagonal fold has been made.
- Repeat the process on the opposite side and fold each corner toward the center.
- Turn the square and repeat.
- Paint each triangle a different color and write something the people playing have to do on each one.
We hope you’ve been inspired by these simple manual activities to develop your child’s motor skills. Now it’s time to get started!