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Keeping kids indoors in the winter can seem like it will never end. You’re stuck in the house and their Christmas toys get old fast. That’s where these winter crafts for 2-year-olds come in.
They’re super easy but fun enough that preschoolers will enjoy themselves too. Create everything from hats to pine trees to penguins and snowmen with these winter arts and crafts for toddlers.
There are paper crafts, toilet paper roll crafts, crafts made of ice, and so much more. They will keep your kids entertained indoors all winter long.
Some may say 2-year-old is too young to do crafts, but that’s just not true. Read on for some tips to help make crafting with toddlers easy.
Some Tips For Crafting With A 2-Year-Old:
Let Your Toddler Do As Much as Possible on Their Own
It’s easy to try and take over their craft to make it look perfect, but 2-year-olds want to be independent and this is a great way of letting them.
Set Up an Easy and Cheap Crafting Station
I use this reusable plastic tablecloth and wipe it off each time the craft is done.
Cover Them Up With a Toddler Art Smock
Nothing is worse than spending an hour after the craft trying to get paint out of their clothes.
We specifically use this Crayola Art Smock. We’ve had it for a year and a half and plan to buy the same one when my son is old enough to wear it.
If Your Toddler Is Not In The Mood, They’re Not in The Mood
Don’t push craft time. It doesn’t make it fun for anybody.
Keep all of the supplies for another day, and honestly next year if you need to. Your future self will love you for less prep.
Do Crafts They Already Love
These crafts are awesome, but if your 2-year-old loves painting, don’t pick the project with paper plates and construction paper.
Gear your crafts around what you know your toddler likes. If you find your toddler uninterested in the craft, spice it up by adding something they like.
I can’t tell you how many random projects have stickers ALL over them because my daughter is obsessed.
I even bought these seasonal stickers for this very reason so at least they match what we’re doing. They have every major holiday included, so I always have some on hand.
It won’t turn out perfect and it will be messy, but they will be so proud of how it turns out.
So even if your winter penguin or polar bear looks more like a bunch of shapes or oddly a dinosaur, let it happen. That smile of their completed work cannot be replaced.
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