Crafts for Toddlers

We’ve been exercising social distancing for only 3 days now and I’m already feeling the pain of isolation. Since I’m predicting a shelter in place directive is in our near future I thought I’d share a fun craft Harper and I did. Also, I picked this one because I know ya’ll have 69420 toilet paper rolls in your closet.

If the thought of crafting with your toddlers makes you cringe then try simplifying the activity. Go outside where the mess can’t be tracked all over your new pottery barn couch and make use out of that play kitchen apron you have. I also like to plan ahead because scrambling to find all the craft pieces while Harper is trailing behind me is not a great way to get started. Set everything up during nap time and I promise it will be less stressful.

I’ll be the first to admit I’m a little of a control freak so it’s hard for me to let go of the reins. Don’t be a perfectionist, besides my husband said the one I made looked like a pig (in the front).

Okay so let’s get to the nitty gritty. You’ll need the following items…

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Toilet paper rolls (or paper towel rolls cut in half-ish)
  • Construction paper
  • Washable paint in desired colors
  • Buttons or you could use pom poms
  • Googly eyes
  • A sharpie
  • Paint brushes
  • Scissors
  • Glue

First I painted my toilet paper rolls, then cut out the bunny ears and painted the interior of the ear onto them. I used the glue to attach the googly eyes and ears to the roller. I cut the pipe cleaners into thirds and then stacked and twirled them together in the middle so they wouldn’t fall apart and then glued the middle section to the roll. I didn’t find that the school glue worked well for this so later I fastened them better with a glue gun. Lastly I just put a smile on their face using the sharpie.

Easy enough, right? Harper had fun and it gave us something creative to make together during the insanely windy day we had. I bet you can’t guess which ones she made!? Tomorrow they will be packaged up and sent to grandma’s house, where they will live out their days.

Tensions ran high today as parents received word that public school will be cancelled through the end of the year. I can only speak for myself but I was astonished that we hadn’t heard any whispers of the decision being discussed prior to hearing the verdict. I’m hoping this little craft, small as it may be, will bring you and your family a little joy during this hard time.

Hang in there moms and dads, we’ll make it through.

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