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Crafting with 2-year-olds: summer DIY projects that encourage creativity in crib kids

Always active, crib children are a real challenge for parents. We offer several DIY ideas , with which you can stimulate their creativity. Crafting with 2-year-olds is also a lot of fun in the summer.

Crafting with 2 year olds: Ideas with paper plates, mirror foil and flower silk

Crafting with 2 year olds with contact paper and paper plates watermelon and ice cream and turtle

At 2 years old, the child is very active and curious. Fine motor skills have now developed and the child can concentrate on one activity for longer. However, coordination will improve over the next few years. We offer several simple ideas to help support child development. Craft a watermelon, an ice cream, or a turtle.

Materials for the watermelon:

  • A green paper plate
  • Fabric tape or washi tape with green zigzag patterns
  • pink floral silk
  • a black marker
  • mirror foil, self-adhesive
  • Accessories: scissors, compasses, adhesive tape

Instructions: fold the paper plate in half and then cut it in two. Cut out a half circle from the mirrored foil. Turn one half of the paper plate over, attach the mirror foil with tape so that an outer edge remains. The sticky side of the mirror foil should face up. Together with the child, decorate the green plate rim with washi tape. Cut out small squares from the floral silk and draw black dots on them with the marker. Then ask the child to place the floral silk squares on the mirrored foil.

Popsicle materials:

  • Mirror foil, self-adhesive
  • Floral silk, various colors
  • craft cardboard, white
  • a popsicle stick
  • double-sided adhesive tape

Instructions: Cut a square out of the cardboard and glue it to the popsicle stick. Glue mirrored foil to craft card (sticky side facing up). Cut small squares from floral silk, attach to mirrored foil.

Materials for the turtle:

  • a green paper plate
  • self-adhesive mirror foil
  • double-sided adhesive tape
  • green craft cardboard
  • wiggle eyes

Craft instructions: cut out the body and head of the turtle from the green craft cardboard, turn the paper plate over and glue it to the body. Glue the mirror foil to the paper plate with the sticky side up and attach the tissue paper pieces.

Craft offers for crèche children in summer Make your own fish from contact paper

By the way, you can also make beautiful window pictures with mirror foil and paper. Let your creativity run wild and make beautiful fish, a colorful sun or a summer flower together with the children.

Crafting with nursery children: New flower pots for the cacti

crafting with 2 year old children make your own cactus bucket from plastic bottle

The next idea is also super simple and especially promotes dexterity and concentration. Cut a plastic bottle in two and ask the child to paint the bottle in a summer color. Red, green, sky blue or orange will brighten up the child’s room. Then glue wiggle eyes on it and finish by planting cacti in the new tubs.

Crafts with kids under 3: Stamp techniques

use apple as a stamp paint pictures with 2 year old children


Kids under 3 love stamping beautiful designs on paper. Cut an apple in two and apply red paint to one half. Now children can stamp apples on the white clay cardstock with the new stamp. After the paint dries, you can cut them out, draw a face and attach wiggle eyes.

Painting pictures with 2 year old children instructions and ideas

Stick bubble wrap on the lid of a jam jar and you’ve made a stamp. This will create beautiful floral designs in no time.

Alternatively, you can also cut in one end of a toilet paper roll and stamp beautiful shapes with it on the craft cardboard.

Craft ideas with colored sand for children under 3 years.

Crafting with 2 year olds with sand different DIY projects for summer


There are very many beautiful decorations that you can craft with colored sand.

For the sand castle: put a handful of white sand in a blue plate, decorate with painted shells and stones. For the castle, cut three toilet paper rolls, brush with glue and sprinkle with colored sand and glitter. Make flags out of colored paper and toothpicks.

Jam jars with colored sand: Fill a jam jar halfway with colored sand, then decorate with shells, starfish and small decorative figures (crabs, seahorses, etc.).

Sand picture: fill the colored sand into the bottle with a funnel, tie a homemade macramé bracelet around the neck.

Craft ideas with shells and starfish for toddlers

Crafting with u3 kids in summer underwater theme ideas

You have collected starfish and shells during the last vacation? Then offer the next craft ideas that will please both crib children and elementary school children.

1. paint starfish, shells and coral: Promotes fine motor skills.

2. cut out shells from clay, let them air dry and paint them. Meanwhile, cut out fish, crabs, seahorses and turtles from colored construction paper. Draw eyes or attach wiggle eyes. Then decorate the fish and animals with the shells.

Crafting u3 in summer ideas for collage with nature materials for toddlers

3. collage with shells: glue shells on a wooden plywood plate with dimensions 15 x 25 cm and then paint the collage as you like. Finally, decorate the collage as you like. For this purpose, you can use glitter, self-adhesive rhinestones and whatever else you can think of.

Crafting with 2-year-old children butterflies from bottle caps

Crafting with 2 year olds in summer butterflies from transparent paper and bottle tops

The next craft idea is a bit more complicated: cut out the butterfly wings from transparent plastic foil. Ask the children to draw dots on the wings with markers. Then glue the wings onto plastic bottle caps. Finally, attach wiggle eyes – and you’ve already made several beautiful butterflies.

Make caterpillars out of pompoms and clothespins

Caterpillar crafting with children under 3 years in summer

For one caterpillar you will need the following materials:

  • two pompoms, size 5 mm Ø in light purple
  • three pompoms size 5 mm Ø in purple
  • one pompom size 10 mm Ø in light purple
  • two wiggle eyes
  • a wooden clothespin
  • glue or hot glue (for small children it is better to use glue)

Assemble the caterpillar with the help of the children. You can even make several caterpillars and play with them.

Crafting with 2 year olds: Fun cup catching game

Summer games with children under 2 years craft ideas

The next game is guaranteed to relieve boredom. You will need the following materials:

  • a wooden bead
  • a paper cup
  • paints and crayons
  • paintbrush
  • yarn
  • a shish kebab skewer (optional)

Instructions: First paint the paper cups as you like and let them dry. Then cut the shish kebab skewer to size and glue it to the cup. Finally, cut a piece of thread from the wool and thread the wooden bead on one end. Tie the other end to the shish kebab skewer. Now the children can play with it. The goal of the game is to catch the wooden bead with the cup.

Make wind chimes with natural materials

Wind chimes with kids u3 crafting with shells ideas

If the weather is nice, then you can also opt for a project for the balcony or garden and make a wind chime. For this purpose, paint a plastic cup any color, then cut four pieces of yarn 40 cm long. Make holes in the neck of the cup and pull the pieces of yarn through them and knot them. Then paint shells, drill holes in them and string them.

Another variation is to make a beautiful wall decoration out of seashells and wooden beads.

Make a sun out of paper plates

Sun from paper plates craft ideas for 2 year olds in day care center

Together with the children, make a sun out of a paper plate, pipe cleaners and straws. Poke out several holes around the edge of the plate and tie yellow pipe cleaners to them. Cut the straws into small pieces and have the child string them onto the pipe cleaners. You can paint the yellow plate any way you like or decorate it with self-adhesive rhinestones.

Sun from paper plates and colored paper with handprints crafting with children in crib age

From a paper plate, yellow and orange clay cardboard, you can make a cute wall decoration for the child’s room. Simply place the child’s hand on the colored paper and trace the outline. Then cut it out with scissors. Use the cut out hand as a template and transfer it five times to the yellow construction paper and five times to the orange construction paper. Then turn the paper plate over, cut a large circle from the yellow construction paper and glue it to the back of the paper plate. Draw a face (eyes, nose, mouth) and again turn the paper plate over. Glue the paper handprints to the edge of the plate so they look like sun rays.

Crafting with 2 year old children in summer ideas and craft instructions

Crafting with 2-year-olds promotes fine motor skills and increases the ability to concentrate. It is especially fun when the children work together with their siblings and parents. Give your creativity free rein and try out the craft ideas.