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Daycare Crafts

Hand print pyramid from Kstudio

It’s essential to keep the young children in your household focused on fun. Crafts are an easy way to engage your toddler and help them learn. We’ve pulled together some of our favorite daycare crafts so you can see what we use at our Academies and maybe try a few at home. Remember, daycare is an integral part of your family. It engages your child in learning and allows you the flexibility to pursue personal life goals.

Daycare Crafts

First, pay attention to your toddler’s needs while completing crafting activities. Scissors should only be used with close supervision, and the scissors should be age-appropriate. We also recommend following all the safety precautions for supplies, especially anything that might be a choking hazard or contain unedible toxins.

Now that everything is safe let’s proceed with a few of our favorite daycare crafts for children around the ages of 2 and 3. We focused on crafts using supplies you probably already have around the house.

Handprint Painting Crafts for Daycare Children

The shape of a handprint can be turned into many recognizable forms, and birds and fish are popular animals. Most toddlers like to keep it simple by putting their hands in the paint and transferring it to the paper. If you want to be a little more organized, try the pyramid in the photo below and use a paintbrush to transfer the paint onto your child’s hands. If transferring paint to your child’s hands seems too messy for your household, here’s a mess-free option for painting.

Hand print pyramid from Kstudio

Cereal Crafts for Toddlers

Cereal is relatively inexpensive, and if it goes into your child’s mouth, you don’t have to worry. If you don’t want to use glue or paper, your child can arrange cereal into shapes on a table or a hard surface floor. Snap a photo of the arrangement and save it.

If you want to use paper and glue, you can help your child glue any cereal onto a sheet of paper and make whatever shapes come to mind. It’s best to start with circles, triangles, and rectangles. Or, keep it super simple, don’t worry about shapes, and just see what happens.

Here’s an example of a daycare craft learning activity using cereal with different colored rings. Your kids can match the colors of the cereal to the rainbow. You’ll have to make the rainbow ahead of time and be willing to use glue.

Leaf Painting

Tree leaves are easy to paint and a fun way to celebrate fall or any time of year. Grab some leaves from your yard or local park. Next, you’ll need nontoxic paint for toddlers; nontoxic oil pastels work well for kids who can draw with their hands.

Here’s a video of an entire family painting leaves. The mom does a fantastic job sharing inspiring leaf painting designs, and it’s fun to see everyone from the toddler to the grownups participate in this craft.

Paper Plate Crafts for Daycare Children

Paper plate crafts do involve scissors, so you’ll want to watch your child as they create these paper plate crafts. You can make just about anything you want from a paper plate. Here are a few ideas:

  • Rainbow
  • Dinosaur
  • Snake
  • Animal face
  • Hat
  • Crab
  • Butterfly
  • Watermelon
  • Sun or Moon
  • Under the sea theme

Some of these ideas require only paper plates and paint/markers/crayons, and others involve scissors or pre-cutting some construction paper. If you add toilet paper or paper towel rolls, you can make many different things. You can also use paper or plastic cups to create characters. Pick how simple or easy you want this craft to be, and go from there.

Here’s an inspiring video for paper plate crafts.

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