Cheap Crafts to Keep your Toddler Busy

Cheap Crafts to Keep your Toddler Busy




My day with a toddler looks a little something like this:

Play time, snacks, making a mess, snacks, picking up the mess, snacks, play time, snacks, snacks, and whining because all his toys are the same old same old. So keeping his mind runing and his hands busy is a must in our household! Not only do I want him to stay busy but I also want to encourage his imagination and enhance his learning abilities.

Here are some of my favorite cheap at home projects you can do with your toddler(s).





What you'll need:

  • 1 empty box

  • 10 squeeze pouch tubes (feel free to add more or less)

  • 10 squeeze pouch caps (feel free to add more or less)

  • craft paper (optional)

  • scissors or box cutter





What you do:


After each pouch use, cut the plastic mouth piece out and wash well while setting the cap aside.

If desired, cover an empty box (I used an amazon box) with craft paper. With your box cutter or scissors cut a 1" line horizontally and then another one vertically over the first one. It should look like a plus sign. Shove the plastic tube (mouth piece) of the pouch inside the box. It should fit nice and snug into the hole. Repeat with the remaining tubes. Your box is now ready!


The plastic caps should be given to your toddler to place on the tubes and to learn the twisting motion!





What you'll need:

  • playdoh

  • 2 clear plastic cups

What you do:


Take a handful of Playdoh and separate into dime size pieces by rolling into a ball. Place all the pieces into one clear plastic cup and demonstrate a pouring method into the seconds plastic cup to your child. Let them do it themselves. The key is for them to master pouring all the Playdoh balls into the cup without them spilling out.


What you'll need:

  • beans (dollar store)

  • plastic tub (dollar store)

  • scoops/ measuring cups with handles

  • little bowl

  • add ons: bug (dollar store)

What you do:


Pour all the dry beans into the plastic tub along with different size scoops. To make it more fun, I hid little fake bugs into the beans for him to dig out. Set a little bowl to the side for them to put the bugs or scoops of beans in.





What you'll need:

  • playdoh

  • rigatoni noodles

  • straws (cut in half)

What you do:


Using the playdoh create a round base thick enough to hold the noodles. Demonstrate fine motor skills by putting the straws inside the noodle holes. Then, let your little one try! We also turned this into a color activity by learning the colors blue and green. Every time he picked up a straw I continuously repeated the color back to him.





What you'll need:

  • 1/4 cup of white conditioner

  • 1 1/2 cups of baking soda

  • food coloring of your choice

What you do:

Combine the 1/4 cup of conditioner with 1 1/2 cups of baking soda and mix with your hands in a large bowl/ container. Add a few drops of food coloring and mix together until the "snow" is your desired color. Add fun things to hide in the snow for them to find or give them a couple spoons, cups or scoops to play with and practice scooping up things. I used the little colored tops from his fruit and veggie pouches.





What you'll need:

  • empty box

  • golf tees

  • play hammer

What you do:

Take an old empty box (I used an amazon one). I covered mine with craft paper which isn't necessary but feel free to do so If you want a clean slate to work with. Next, puncture holes in the box with the golf tees. Keep the tees inside the holes and demonstrate a hammering motion until they go inside the hole. Then, let your little one take charge!




What you'll need:

  • colored bowls/cups

  • colored shapes, pouch tops, playdoh etc

What you do:

We found these colored bowls at Target (for snacks) for $3 and the colored shapes in their dollar section for $1. We're still learning all the colors, so as he picks one up I try to repeat the color as much as I can and guide him to the matching colored bowl. Once he gets his colors down pat, well start on shapes!




It's always so fun to find new cheap projects to excite the imagination of your child, especially when it involves learning. I hope this gives you some ideas and encourages your babe to play and learn at the same time! I can't wait to get back to our daily projects, crafts and learning!



Brittney Deyoung Copyright 2020

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