Stuck for creative ways to lure your tot away from the iPad? Look no further. We’ve rounded up some genius craft ideas that won’t just save him from screen time but that he'll love doing – and they’ll cost you almost nothing. You just might need to stock up on more cotton wool…
OK, so you’ll need to wait for it to snow to be able to have a go at this with your tot but it will be well worth the wait. Grab some paints and brushes and let your little one go crazy – the whole snow-covered garden can be his blank canvas to cover. [Pinterest]
Robin paper plate
Your toddler will love making this oh-so-sweet festive Robin. And all you will need are two paper plates (that he can have fun painting) some red and yellow tissue paper and a pair of googly eyes. [Pinterest]
Lollipop Christmas tree
The perfect homemade Christmas gift for gran and grandad, this Christmas tree will look lovely hanging on the tree. [Pinterest]
Make a simple template out of cardboard and set your toddler to work sticking cotton wool balls on to it. It’s ideal for hanging over the fireplace and bringing a little winter feeling into your home... without the chilliness of real snow. [Pinterest]
Your tot will look adorable in this festive crown. It’s fun and simple to make and he can wear it for Christmas lunch or at his nursery Christmas party. [Pinterest]
Rather than spending lots of fancy baubles for your tree, get your toddler to help you decorate it – at almost no cost – with these homemade paper versions. [Pinterest]
Forget salt dough – this season it’s all about snow dough. Make salt dough as your normally would, but add in the magic festive ingredient – glitter. [Pinterest]
Perfect for the front of homemade Christmas cards, all your toddler needs to do is print her hand on some paper – you may need to do the creative part that is Santa’s face. [Pinterest]
This may get a little messy (lay down the newspaper or an old sheet beforehand), but your toddler will love the sensation of squelching her feet in paint to create this snowman footprints. [Pinterest]
To make this festive craft, simply glitter-fy some ice lolly sticks and stick cotton wool balls at the end of each and in the centre. [Pinterest]
Paper snow globe
Another great idea for a homemade Christmas card, all that’s needed for this snow globe is a few different sheets of coloured paper and some cotton wool balls. [Pinterest]
Snowman paper plate
Your child can make his very own Olaf with this simple paper plate snowman. [Pinterest]
Toilet paper reindeer
Save up the cardboard from toilet paper rolls for your tot to transform into this reindeer. Perfect for any Christmas puppet shows he may want to put on for the family. [Pinterest]
From crunchy leaves in every shape, size and colour to pine cones and conkers, your garden and local park is bursting with art and craft potential during the autumn months. So take a woodland walk with your child and fill a bag with everything he’ll need for a few hours of seasonal crafting – at little to no cost. Winner. Take a look at the Pinterest board here.
Arming your toddler with a crayon and encouraging her to draw doesn’t just develop her fine motor skills – it’s a great way to boost her creativity, too. And it means your fridge door (and walls) will be covered in a constant stream of her unique artwork
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