Believe it or not, crafts can be enjoyed by all ages – even babies.
Although it may be hard to get creative with craft ideas suitable for the o-2 age bracket, there are plenty of safe, and somewhat mess-free ideas that you can enjoy with your little one. 5 minute crafts for kids are great for days when everyone is stuck inside and you need to whip up something fast and fun.
I have compiled the below list of 5 fun free crafts for babies and toddlers.
Five crafts suitable and safe for babies and toddlers
- Painting with Water
Even though this seems like the messiest activity on the list, painting with water is the easiest craft for babies to enjoy as they only need to be able to sit up unassisted.
Having a concrete surface outside works best as the water will show up better than on a tile, which can be quite dangerous due to the slippery surface water will cause.
You can either give your baby a big fluffy paintbrush to swirl around in the water or encourage them to use their hands and make handprint/footprints.
This is a great craft for toddlers too. Watch them run around painting the brick walls and concrete flooring. And best of all – there’s no cleaning required!
Yoghurt is a great alternative to actual paint as it’s non-toxic and edible. We all know babies put EVERYTHING in their mouths, so it’s nice to know that they can put this painting medium in their mouth without worrying.
Use a pot of the cheapest plain yoghurt you can find. This is one time when you don’t need to buy the nicest yoghurt on the shelves! Grab a few vials of edible food dye, which can be easily found in the baking section, and add one or two drops into the yoghurt and mix well.
If your baby is a little older, let them learn about colours by adding a few drops to the yoghurt mix and let them mix and swirl the colours around. Young children love to help and get involved so this is a great little activity where they can help you get the activity ready.
This is an activity that babies and toddlers will enjoy – And perhaps mum and dad too, because who doesn’t love foam?
To make bubble foam, use 3 tablespoons of washing up detergent (dish soap), and 3/4 of a cup of warm water. You can use cold water if you need to, but I find warm water just makes everything so much foamier! Add 2-3 drops of liquid food colouring or one drop of gel food colouring.
Use an electric hand mixer or kitchen aid mixer and mix the water, soap and food colouring together until you have formed lovely stiff peaks (much like meringue!).
Transfer the foam into a shallow tub and have fun!
You may need to do a few batches, depending on how big your mixer is and how much foam you need. To make rainbow foam you’ll need to make multiple different batches with a different colour each time. Not only is this fun, but also educational!
Tip: If you are worried about soap getting into bubs eyes (especially if this is for a young baby), you’ll want to use a tear-free bubble shampoo. I found the Cetaphil bubble shampoo foamed up great.
Rainbow Edible Spaghetti
Rainbow spaghetti is a great sensory activity that combines colour with texture. Add a few drops of food colouring into a bowl of cooked pasta and mix. Babies love getting their hands into the slimy feel of spaghetti and the colours add an extra sensory boost.
Add the spaghetti into a tub or lay it out onto a plastic mat and let your little ones go crazy!
- Edible Play Dough
Playdough has been a staple in children’s playrooms for decades due to its bright colours, fun texture and its ability to turn into anything the imagination can conjure up.
Unfortunately, playdough is not a great idea for young babies who are still at the stage of putting everything and anything into their mouths as it’s not recommended nor safe to consume.
Luckily, we’ve found a safe edible version you can make quickly and easily, and even the toddler can help out.
See the full recipe and method over at allrecipes.com.