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Cafe Naomi
Advice & Info #2: How can I get my active toddler interested in arts and crafts?
March 21, 2012 at 12:40 PM

With a very busy toddler in the house who's rarely still, I'm jealous of moms whose kids love to sit and do creative activities.

How can I get my active toddler interested in arts and crafts?

Tell me what's worked for you in the replies below.


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  • bamababe1975
    March 21, 2012 at 1:50 PM

     When it comes to arts and crafts and toddlers, I think it's more a question of how not to involve them once you get everything out, lol. They didn't have to sit very still for many of the things we did, and we had a blast with the messier activities like fingerpainting with pudding! :)

  • Cafe Naomi
    March 21, 2012 at 1:52 PM


    Quoting bamababe1975:

     When it comes to arts and crafts and toddlers, I think it's more a question of how not to involve them once you get everything out, lol. They didn't have to sit very still for many of the things we did, and we had a blast with the messier activities like fingerpainting with pudding! :)

    Finger painting with pudding???!!!  That's the first I've ever heard that - it sounds like soooo much fun!  

  • PEEK05
    by PEEK05
    March 21, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    I don't know. My 3 year old has ALWAYS been interested in that type of stuff.

  • .Angelica.
    March 21, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    my son likes making stuff.

  • bamababe1975
    March 21, 2012 at 2:04 PM

     It was a BLAST!  We had a big kitchen at the time and we laid an old shower curtain on the floor, gave them some plain paper and a big bowl of pudding, and let them at it! LOL. It was vanilla pudding that I dyed with food dyes to different colors, and the good thing about it was that if they ate it while they painted, no big deal. ;) Plus, after they were done, I just took them out back and hosed them off for even more fun! :)

    Quoting Cafe Naomi:


    Quoting bamababe1975:

     When it comes to arts and crafts and toddlers, I think it's more a question of how not to involve them once you get everything out, lol. They didn't have to sit very still for many of the things we did, and we had a blast with the messier activities like fingerpainting with pudding! :)

    Finger painting with pudding???!!!  That's the first I've ever heard that - it sounds like soooo much fun!  

     

  • NearSeattleMom
    March 21, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    It really depends on your child.  I used to do fairly formal arts and crafts with my twins (my first kids) . . . but they never really loved it.  Then along comes my daughter, who makes up her own craft projects.

    But I do think that the process is the fun part, not just the end result.  I have always allowed them to create whatever they want with glue, scissors, paper, playdoh, paint.

    Oh and a fun and easy way to "paint" with really little ones is to give them construction paper and plain water - the water darkens the construction paper and looks like paint.  No fuss, no muss!

  • TexasKaty
    March 21, 2012 at 4:04 PM
    Most kids LOVE arts and crafts! I agree that it's not hard to get them interested. :) I've found so many great ideas on Pinterest!
  • mypbandj
    Jen
    March 21, 2012 at 4:14 PM
    Some kids are just not into arts and crafts. You can give him different mediums to try: markers, paint, finger paint, crayons, scissors, etc - maybe he will find one he likes.
  • foistela
    March 21, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    I think you just need to try different things to figure-out what they like to do. There are so many crafts to chose from, they are bound to like something.

  • babowes
    by babowes
    March 21, 2012 at 9:17 PM
    Offer it all the time.

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